'It is important for me to be able to make a difference' - Brian Hartmann-Weiergang

Why have you chosen to work with people?

It gives me something to work with people and I feel I can give something to others.

Because this is where I can move something. It is important to me to be able to make a difference, and that is what I experience best
work with people.

When someone moves, I know I'm involved. Naturally, people move by virtue of themselves, but they also need to be guided, and by virtue of doing so, I also move myself.

I'm going on a mental journey myself.

What has made the biggest impression on you throughout your career?

One of the things where I became wiser about myself was when I went to Yugoslavia during the civil war.

1500 Bosnian refugees had been captured on an island, where they threw refugees out to a refugee camp. I was posted for Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, where I was part of a larger team that worked in the refugee camp. We were approximately ten people from various European countries, our closest contact organization was the German organization 'Pax Chisti', which is also a global aid organization.

I helped manage everything called emergency aid, was a liaison to the embassies in Sarajevo and Zagreb regarding family reunification, and I worked primarily with UNHCR, where I coordinated refugees going to the United States.

It was an exciting task from which I learned a lot. Among other things, working with people who are having a hard time - how much it gives. I have subsequently taken that with me in my education as a teacher. I was really pushed to the limits mentally and physically.

But what still stands strong is the experience of the hospitality I met out in the barracks. I was always offered something - even if they had nothing. I experienced extreme hospitality and dignity, even though they had nothing. We could learn a bit from that.

When I was going home, I felt like the luckiest man in the world to have my beetroot colored passport and 'just' be able to travel home. It was luxury.
Even if it quickly became everyday again, it is a feeling that has settled.

Have you ever felt scared?

I have always practiced extreme sports as a hobby. Jumped with a parachute, climbed Kullen in Sweden, practiced triathlon, hiked in Jotumheinen, climbed Mont Blanc and much more.

It was in my younger years that I felt immortal.

But there was a time when my parachute wouldn't fold
appear as it should.
After all, I knew what I had to do - it was on the back of my military training, and the reflexes took over.

But in the split second when I saw that the parachute did not
did as it should, I was well aware that this was dangerous.

Do you still do extreme sports?

When I met my wife, I stopped. It was fine enough, because another responsibility comes, and you shouldn't be so selfish when there is someone you have to be there for.

I could never dream of doing it today. It was fine enough when I was in my 20s, when I was immortal and felt like I could do it all. Now I have more life experience and can see that it is not smart - but I take all my experiences with me and use them when things get tough.

It is a chapter that is closed. I feel so comfortable in saying that I have tried it. It was cool – but been there done that.

Now it's the children who mean everything. Their development and my opportunity to help them lead them forward.
We have a son who is quite good at football, so we drive him to Odense several times a week so that he can train under the best conditions.

Others say 'think, you'll like it', but I do, because he's damn good and must be allowed to live it out.

And that's probably part of my mindset.

You couldn't have children - but today you have three?

We tried everything, my wife and I. But without luck.

We therefore agreed that we should live together. We didn't want to go through fertility treatment, but accepted that it wasn't meant to be.

Then my wife developed metabolic problems, for which she was operated on and received medical treatment there
changed the balance in the body. She got pregnant without us knowing and only found out when our daughter started kicking. So we had four months to get used to being parents.

Three years later we had a completely planned son and 11 months later very unplanned another daughter, ha ha.

You say yourself that you are very particular about your attire?

I would very much like to praise Ulrik Storm, because I am someone who is very picky about what clothes I wear

I always like to drive far to buy proper men's clothing, as I haven't been able to find anything on Funen.

But when Ulrik opened his shop, I became a regular customer.
I am probably a very atypical educator when it comes to my attire.
I once performed when I had to conduct interviews that they passed because I didn't look like the person they were looking for.

I come in quality clothes because that's what I like to wear. I also use cream on my face
- I generally care about my appearance.

A big thank you to Brian Hartmann-Weiergang for wanting to be November's 'Man of The Month'.