Adam and Eva have the original merit of having liberated us from paradise, our sin is that we long to return to it (Zuleta 1980). We long to return to that place where everything is perfect , where wishing or aiming for a better future do not have a place, where the hard work , sacrifice, and opinions do not exist, in a simple way to say : a world without conflicts.

The way we are and how we manage our relationships have been tremendously influenced by the environment where we grow up. Our friends, family, school, and so on, are directly connected to the manners and traditions that we get for being from specific country or region. And even being from the same place and share all of those things, fortunately,there are no paradises on this world, conflicts are all around us,no matter what.

Now, lets try to see a CISV camp from a conflict and resolution perspective.

A village which is the longest camp and with the youngest participants, gather together people from 12 different countries. Each country is represented by five people: one leader and four delegates with 11 years old. I just said that conflicts are all over, now try to imagine what can happen when you gather together these people from all over the world – the result of this equation is very simple : conflicts are going to arise.

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That is not a bad result, remember that the word conflict doesn’t necessary mean something bad or violent, conversely conflicts can be transformed into something good, such as an optimal solution to a problem were everyone get benefits, or the creation of new and strong relationships. This last ,I think, for me has been the most common outcome while facing conflicts, and I am pretty sure this is the case of many CISV’ers that some day at camp stand and talk about an issue that was interfering with the group.

And this is why conflict resolution is the content area in CISV that I and many others like the most. So far its been two different camps that I have attended, and no matter how different they were, they have the same thing in common, conflicts at all levels: between delegates, between leaders , between staffs and between all the possible combinations. Which means that this is the content area that affect and involves us the most -it is the one we live in the flesh and a topic we have to deal with everyday. What is the point of teaching and talking about how to solve conflicts, if when they arise our response is to avoid them?

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