Colombia is Magic realism

Colombia is Magic realism

I dare to say that for many Colombians the term “magic realism” may have been over used in many ways since it got famous here in Colombia. People is familiar with it, thanks to Gabriel Garcia Marquez –  ‘Gabo”, who is one of the most  important exponents of this literary...
Last days of an amazing journey in Norway

Last days of an amazing journey in Norway

Moving to another city, sharing experiences with new people and walk on different sideways. These were just some of the common things that happened from August until December to David and Me. Thinking about all the moments we spent in Norway, the activities we planned and in general all the...
Colombia, history that should be history

Colombia, history that should be history

 A brief introduction to the Colombian conflict and the way I understand it. I am 23 years old and I come from a country known for its violence. Here the drug dealings became the most important source of money, and the society became afraid to walk in the street. Unfortunately,...
Jirafas and EVS’ers in support of peace one day

Jirafas and EVS’ers in support of peace one day

Last Sunday we were in Oslo to host a Peace one Day event. We did this together with Fiocco and Asia, members of the European Volunteer Service. This year they are working for CISV Norge at the peace house in Oslo. The six of us had an amazing Sunday with...
Who are we?

Who are we?

In the jungle you find these animals:                 May Linn, David, Sigrid and Juanda. David Gomez Cañon Age: 23 Graduate in: International Business and International Relations. Two things you like to do in your free time: photography, climbing Two things you think you...
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Leaving on a Jet Plane – get the ebook

Leaving on a Jet Plane – get the ebook

Now online! We are so happy because now our book is also available online and easily accessible for everyone!  Leaving on a Jet Plane is the fourth and last release in the CISV Peace Education Series, following The Lunchbox (about sustainable development),  Bowl of Rights (about human rights) and The Kaleidoscope (about diversity). This is a useful resource for participants of educational programmes and everyone who...
The Peace Education Youth Exchange.

The Peace Education Youth Exchange.

Hello, We are coming close to an end now with our project, and  with the book in our hands its just some finishing up  and little tasks such as promoting the book that needs to be done. We are very happy that you have followed us on this journey and we hope that you will...
Leaving on a Jet Plane - A journey through Conflict and Resolution

Leaving on a Jet Plane – A journey through Conflict and Resolution

After ten months of hard work the book has finally become alive, and it is with great excitement that we introduce to you Leaving on a Jet Plane – a Journey through Conflict and Resolution. In Leaving on a Jet Plane – A Journey through Conflict and Resolution we will take you on a journey through the...
Turning Resolution into Status  Quo

Turning Resolution into Status Quo

  By: David Clavijo and Sebastian Jaramillo.    Conflicts at an international level or local can be caused or influenced by both international and local factors. Likewise, assuming the preexistence of a conflict in an alternate scenario, both international and local efforts can be key to the resolution of said conflict. Furthermore, acting at a local...
Celebrating Norways National Day in Colombia.

Celebrating Norways National Day in Colombia.

The 17th of May is a huge day of celebration for Norwegians. In Norway all the streets get filled up with people wearing traditional costumes called ‘bunad’ and we walk in a parade with music and eat lots of ice cream, cake and hot dogs. Sounds weird, but its lots and lots of fun! This...
Watch our video about Junt@s!

Watch our video about Junt@s!

A while ago we visited La Merced, a charming little town situated at a mountaintop in the middle of the Andes region in Colombia. The reason why we went there was to make a movie about Junt@s (together), a foundation for women, where they learn different kinds of hand crafts and at the same time aquire life skills and...
Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) – a way to conflict transformation?

Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) – a way to conflict transformation?

Earlier in this blog David wrote about how music can affect conflicts, and how it can be helpful in conflict transformation. Other forms of art have also proven to be useful tools in this regard, and in this blog post I want to take a closer look at the art form of live action role-playing, or...
A closer look at: conflict styles.

A closer look at: conflict styles.

When we are in a conflict we tend to react very differently. This all depends on the personality and what kind of conflict it is. Also,  you might not react the same with a boss as you would a friend, or maybe you were very hungry one day and the mood was not the best. In this little blog...
Things I find weird, but interesting in Colombia.

Things I find weird, but interesting in Colombia.

I have been in Colombia for over three months now, and I totally love it here! Such an amazing place, too much to see and explore, so many nice people and awesome food! However, there are some things that find a little, how to put it… weird? I guess being used to one way from Norway,...
Why should CISVers work more with LMOs?

Why should CISVers work more with LMOs?

As CISVers we have an incredible opportunity to make an impact outside of  CISV camps. We learn incredibly much, and it is a waste if it is not brought out ‘there’ to more people in our local communities. In Colombia for example, one of our main tasks besides the book project and our toolbox is...
La Merced: a little Colombian town asking for opportunities

La Merced: a little Colombian town asking for opportunities

In a previous blogpost I wrote about the most famous Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez  or Gabo as people call him. In this post I want to talk a little bit more about him. His stories and tales are so popular around the world, for many people outside Colombia and even for...
National Leaders Training in Colombia

National Leaders Training in Colombia

The National Leaders Training in CISV Colombia is such a big deal. It is an event were all the leaders and staff’s of CISV Bogota and CISV Medellín, the two chapters in Colombia, gather together to enhance their knowledge of the content area of the year, besides all the practical knowledge for the international and...