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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The environment and conflict and resolution

The environment and conflict and resolution

Image by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes   How can the environment affect conflicts? What is the link between the environment and violent conflicts? How can we take the environment into consideration when trying to resolve conflicts? In this blog post we will take a closer look on these and other questions regarding this theme.   The environment...
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 closer look at: Active Listening.

A closer look at: Active Listening.

Active Listening is an important skill to have if you are in a conflict, but also in everyday life. By active listening we mean that you actually listen – and not just think of something else or play on your phone while someone is talking. Active listening means that you listen with all your senses, and...
A closer look at: Empathy.

A closer look at: Empathy.

Within conflict resolution empathy is an important ability to have. Empathy is said to be the ability to feel what others feel, and to see the world from others perspective. You might have heard about ‘stepping into someone else shoes’? This is very important because it enables us to learn and understand why others might...
THE JIRAFA TOOLBOX!

THE JIRAFA TOOLBOX!

The Jirafa – Toolbox is now out on CISV-International web page! This toolbox consists of 11 activities that will help you become a better conflict solver. Here is a video we created where you can learn more about what the toolbox is and why we created it!   Here you can download the Jirafa Toolbox in...
Future Goals for Development – Post 2015

Future Goals for Development – Post 2015

In September 2000 – at the Millennium Summit, world leaders sat down to discuss the role of the United Nations and the turn to the 21st century. As you can see in this short video eight goals with several smaller indicators and targets where created. These goals provided a blueprint for action, and the date...
We teach life, sir!

We teach life, sir!

Written by Omar Al Sayed My name is Omar Al Sayed, I’m 23 years old. I’m a Palestinian refugee living in a camp called Rashidieh in the south of Lebanon, and I’ve been living in this camp since I was born. I went to school in the camp until I had finished high school. Everything...
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...
5 about conflict and how to handle them.

5 about conflict and how to handle them.

We asked five people 1) What is conflict and 2) How would you handle conflicts.                
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...
Why C&R is my favorite CISV content area

Why C&R is my favorite CISV content area

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 ,...
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...