A Week in the Savannah
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...
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,...
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...
Visit from the cold north!

Visit from the cold north!

Last week we got a visit from our super-leader Andreas or el patron as we call him, Jonas from the board and our coordinator Inger-Berit! It was really nice to be able to work with them and show them around in Medellín. Here are some pics!    Mister Boss-Man himself. We took the famous metro...
A sneak peek from the Savannah

A sneak peek from the Savannah

What do Jirafas do in their spare time? They go kart racing of course! Since the start of February there almost haven’t been a week without at least one trip to the go-kart track here in Medellín. It’s just so much fun!   Here you can watch the amazing skills of David and Juanda: (Us...
Lets talk about Colombian FOOD!

Lets talk about Colombian FOOD!

I love food – I guess I am this group biggest snack person who thinks a little to much about food – but that is because food in Colombia is ‘muy deliciosa’. Food is something that is unique in every culture. In Norway we are used to eat a lot of bread, whereas in Medellin-Colombia...
Minicamp in Medellin

Minicamp in Medellin

In a previous blog post, one of us talked about how great the planning for the minicamp in Medellín was. Well, this last weekend for the first time, the Jirafa project was part of one here in Medellin. As usual a minicamp is always full of joy and learning, the educational and the fun activities...
Preparing for mini-camp in Medellín.

Preparing for mini-camp in Medellín.

Hello, everyone. Can you believe it? We have actually been in Colombia for three weeks already. Time has gone so fast! In two weeks we will attend our first mini-camp here in Medellín. And unlike what I feel happened sometimes in Norway, here in Colombia they prepare very well! We were well over 15 Jr.leaders,...
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 style in the world. One...
First week in Colombia

First week in Colombia

Now we’ve been in here in Medellín, Colombia for a little bit more than a week, and the first impression is even better than I thought it would be. For me who have grown up in a place full of mountains, Medellín feels a little bit like home. It’s green everywhere, with nice parks, and...
The reverse culture Shock

The reverse culture Shock

Culture shock is defined as a personal disorientation that a person suffers while experiencing an unfamiliar way of life, for example going to another country. Where the people has to face different types of manners, food, weather, even different social environments. But there is another well-known term called the reverse culture shock. This happens every...