Say it on camera

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Photo by Kendra on Flickr. 

This time around the team will focus on producing and sharing videos related to the topic. We want to explore new ways of communicating and spreading tools on Peace Education. CISV has now 4 books, one for each topic, created by the previous projects, and we hope to continue the Peace Education Series in a new media!

If you enjoy video-making, are creative and good at sharing things online, then we would really like to hear from you.

Current team: Jirafas


Sigrid Elena Hauge,  May Linn Orkelbog,  David Gomez Cañon, Juan David Valencia

From August 2014 to May 2015 Sigrid, May Linn, David and Juanda will be working on the topic of Conflict Resolution. During their first stage, based in Bergen, they have worked to strengthen the local chapters and already have a great progress on their book. The have chosen to call themselves jirafas, which means giraffe in Spanish, because this animal is a good symbol of how we should be when facing conflict: they have large ears to listen, very big hearts, and their long necks let them see the big picture.

They have also created an interesting blog, where they share their thoughts on the topic, useful resources and fun stories of their experience. Take a look!

What May Linn from The Jirafas thinks about the experience

Why would you recommend this experience to someone else?

I would recommend this experience to others because it is a once in a life-time chance to do something like this. It is amazing to be able to shape your own project, and there are no limits to what you can achieve. It gives you the opportunity to contact people you might have heard of, but not had a reason to contact just for them to be a part to the book. You also have the chance to make activities and really shape CISVs content area of that year. It is also very fun, and you get a really good insight in another culture. As Norwegian I have made the Colombians weird dishes, made them addicted to Norwegian Christmas drinks, gone hiking, going out on Quiz nights and prepared them for the cold weather. By participating in this project you don’t just do the things or see places that you hear from the Lonely Planet Guide.

Everyone in CISV is also very welcoming and nice, and they are there to help you. When I started this project I was new to CISV, and I knew nothing. While this can be a little intimidating and CISV for an outsider can seem a little different you will easily get into it and like it.

A last thing I would like to say is that this project is quite intense, and you must be prepared to see the same people almost every day. This is teamwork all the way, and it can at times be very frustrating and annoying. Just so you know. You must be able to adopt and take some things as they come along.

However, if you are able to do that, I am sure you will have a good time and that this project is definitely something you should apply to. You will learn as much as you set your mind to, you will be better at hosting workshops, you get to be creative and you get to experience a whole new country.


The Kaleidoscope: A Book About Diversity


The Kaleidoscope is a book about diversity by the exchange project team from CISV Colombia and CISV Norway. Following The Lunchbox and Bowl of Rights, The Kaleidoscope is yet another useful tool for both facilitators and participants of education programs who want to gain more knowledge on CISV’s content areas. This book offers an in-depth view of the content area diversity and gives both general introduction to the theme as well as different perspectives of what diversity can mean. In order to put this knowledge into practice, the book also offers educational activities that can be used in CISV programs or in any other experiential education programs.

We have made the book also available to read on your screen! You can read The Kaleidoscope EPUB on a web browser or with an app, just choose the method you like best from the options bellow:


How to get and read the ebook


1. Download the book directly from here, and then open it with an EPUB reader. For example you can:

  • Read it in your web browser (like Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Explorer) by using Google Books. To do this go to and upload the file you downloaded here. You will need a Google account for this (but no credit card information).
  • Read it on your tablet or phone with an EPUB reader app. We recommend iBooks for iOS and Google Books for Android, as they best support the books format.
  • If you have a Mac computer, you can get iBooks for your computer at the Mac App Store.


2. If you have a Google Play account, you can download the book there directly to read on your computer screen (on any web browser), tablet or phone (with the Google Books app).

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3. If you have an Apple account, you can download the book directly on the iBooks Store to read on your computer screen, tablet or phone with the iBooks app.


Bergen and Bogotá, Home of the Project


August to December: Bergen

Bergen is the home of the exchange during its first fase. With a strong CISV chapter, and a great CISV house, it is the ideal location to start the project. Andrea, from the second edition of the exchange, wrote in their blog about a regular day in Bergen while they were living there:

“The alarm rings and I don’t understand why. It’s pitch-dark outside and I assume I’ve set my alarm for the wrong time. I fall asleep again. Despite having grown up in Norway I never seem to get used to the darkness that winter brings with it. Fortunately, my alarm operates with the snooze-function and five minutes later I’m up and getting ready for work. The cold, crisp morning breeze accompanies me on my way from the apartment and towards the Bybane, the only (non-touristy) tram in Bergen. Going to work often means going to the train station, airport or another part of town, but more often than not, I go to The Office; a small three-storey house filled with second hand furniture and CISV posters, pictures, banners and materials, known as the CISV House.” Continue reading about life in Bergen here.

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January to May: Bogotá

During the second part of the exchange the participants will be based in the capital of Colombia, Bogotá. This is an exiting city of around 8 million people, located in the Andes Mountais: 2600 meters closer to the stars. Mikkel, from the third edition of the project, wrote about his first impressions in this city in their blog:

“I’ve spend 2 weeks here already, and seen many different places in Bogotá. The city is very easy to understand with Carreras y Calles (streets and avenues), but the private public transport system is very randomized. If you want to go somewhere as a tourist, taxi is a good solution and it is cheap! I’m starting to get to know some of the busses and the Transmilenio (the «overground» system thats very easy to understand and it is frequent!) helps me getting around. (…) While I am used to snow, wear 5 layers of clothing and skiing in Norway at this time of the year, I’m wearing t-shirts, walk in the parks and getting sunburned during my stay in Bogotá. It is supposed to be a rainy area, but so far I’ve only seen rain for just 2 hours. The weather is usually warm during day and cold at night. As a foreign viking, nighttime is sweater time.”


Photo by Javier Guillot (Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Previous Participants: The Divers

In 2013–2104  The Divers, as they decided to call themselves, worked on diversity. While living in Bergen for the first part of the exchange, they participated in local CISV activities like Verden i Bergen. They also participated in national CISV activities in Oslo, planing and executing an activity during the Fall Meeting for CISV volunteers from all over the country. The Divers visited Great Britain, where they took part in a training for young CISVers and they got the chance to visit CISV’s International Office. There they met with Rupert, our Educational Officer, and got to discuss with him the needs there are for peace educational tools about diversity.

In January the Divers started their second part of the journey, in Bogotá, where they had plenty more chances to meet new people and work with their content area, diversity. They worked on editing their book, The Kaleidoscope, which has become a tool to spread knowledge about the topic and provide activity ideas on how to educate on diversity.

Diver foto

Ana Maria Gallardo, Mikkel Stokke, Tora Figenschow, Ana Caro Carvajal.


These are the Divers

Mikkel Stokke (Norway)

“What is so great about this project is the opportunity to meet and work with so many fantastic people.”

Ana Maria Gallardo (Colombia)

“What motivates me is the idea of working for peace education and trying to contribute from your own experiences to a better world and for personal growth.”

Anna Caro Carvajal (Colombia)

“The traveling, meeting new people and being able to write have been the greatest parts. But also living and working with people you’ve never met before makes this whole thing a huge learning experience in every possible way.”

Submerge into new perspectives

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Work in a multicultural setting

Being part of the Peace Education Youth Exchange is an opportunity for young volunteers to see the world from a different perspective. During the project, the volunteers are presented with the challenge of living in a different country, in a different culture. As a consequence, the discussions that happen and products that come up in the team are relevant across borders.

If you want to get out of your bubble and take on the challenge of working with peace education from an intercultural perspective, you should consider applying for this exchange.

Explore this website to learn more about the exchange and who can apply.


An exiting cultural adventure

The participants in the exchange will have the change to experience life on the other side. This cultural exchange is the foundation for the project, as the theme will be approached from to different and complementary perspectives. Taking the time to immerse in a different culture provides understanding that enriches the discussions around peace education.

As a volunteer in the exchange you will be able to explore life in a different country, everything from new food and different weather to different ways of socializing and approaching everyday situations. Just take a look at what the previous participants have shared about it!

Let’s try Norwegian food – by Diana Camacho

Eating like a Colombian – by Jonas L. Skaalerud

Norway in a Nutshell – By Juan David Valencia



Previous Participants: Con Lupa

Foto Con Lupa

Diana A. Camacho, Andrea R. Stangeland, Adelaida Barrera D., Jonas L. Skaalerud.

2012–2013: Con Lupa

Con Lupa was the name of the team for the second edition of the exchage. Their theme: human rights. They lived first in Bergen, and then in Medellín.

We interviewed Jonas L. Skaalerud, he shared with us his thoughts about the experience.

What is the coolest memory you have from your time in the project?

I have a lot of cool memories. All our travels, to Copenhagen, Oslo, Bolombolo, Bogota, El Salvador. We spent a lot of time on the road, and I remember it as very exciting.


Why would you recommend this experience to someone else?

The project gives you the opportunity to develop a range of skills. From specialised knowledge on the project’s theme, to team-working and inter-personal skills. It also gives you a unique insight into the organisation of CISV.


What do you believe was the coolest/largest impact you made with the project?

I’m very proud of the book we created. Although we continuously held seminars and workshops on human rights, the book ‘Bowl of Rights’ is a physical and permanent contribution to the organisation’s work on human rights.

Be a part of the team

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We are looking for young, active volunteers with an interest in Sustainable Development and video-making to be a part of an exchange program between Norway and Colombia. If you are between 21 and 27,5 years old in 2015, and are a resident of Norway or Colombia, you can be a part of this team.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to peace education, and experience life on the other side of the world. During one year you would be working in a team of two volunteers from each country, living first in Norway and then in Colombia.

Throughout the project, these 4 volunteers will develop tools to help educate on Sustainable Development. For example, they will plan and participate in experiential learning activities, make and share short videos and take part in relevant workshops.


Explore this website to learn more about the exchange and  who can apply.

Previous Participants: I Have a Mango

The exchange project is currently in its third version, and we are getting ready to choose the participants for the fourth edition. We wanted to share a little bit about the previous participants and their thoughts about the exchange.

2011–2012: I Have a Mango

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We interviewed Alejandra Echeverri, she shared with us her thoughts about the experience.
Why would you recommend this experience to someone else?

Having the opportunity of travelling, working and living in another country that is very different from your own is a very valuable experience. You get to learn a lot about who you are, what your priorities in life are, how to interact and work with other cultures and most importantly you truly learn to work in groups and make decisions together. Having the challenge of making it your own project and deciding on what to do and which direction to take is very valuable for a career in the future. In addition, living and sharing a house with people from other cultures is also a nice experience because you realize that you are different and alike even in the simplest things like the way you eat your breakfast.

What do you believe was the coolest/largest impact you made with the project?

I would say the coolest impact we made with the mango project was to get people thinking about connections they did not know about or considered before. For example, after our workshops we got to make many people realize about how much stuff they buy and the reality behind all that stuff. I am not sure we changed people’s attitudes and behaviours, but the coolest impact was to at least see that by raising awareness people  were shocked and were eager to make a conscious choice for their future regarding many daily things such as the use of water, consumerism, use of energy, etc.


What is the best memory you have from your time in the project?

This project was a very cool experience for me overall. However, my favourite moment was the weekend we spent in Stavanger because I got to live with my mango family and my mango extended family for three full days. During that weekend I got to understand, live and know the norwegian culture. We had lots of delicious norwegian food (even in the ferry) accompanied with many interesting conversations about differences between Colombia and Norway. We also had a taste of the christmas spirit in Norway because we played the game of eating porridge and finding an almond and we baked and decorated cookies to celebrate the first sunday of advent. I really enjoyed spending that weekend with all the hospitality of our mangoes and mango extended family.

Bowl of Rights: A Book about Human Rights

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In 2013 the Con Lupa team publish their book Bowl of Rights. Con Lupa was the name of the team of the exchange participants in 2012–2013. After working thouroughly for several months, they presented this book, which compiles articles, interviews and stories about human rights’ issues from different perspectives. The articles in the book were writen by young volunteers from diferent origins and talk about different approaches to the theme. Divided into six chapters, the book covers issues from figuring out what human rights are, to discussing which rights should we be considering, to how to educate on human rights.


The Lunchbox: A Book About Sustainable Development

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Ready-to-eat sustainable development bites made by the“I have a mango” team.

In 2012 the first group of youth exchange participants published The Lunchbox. This book presents a colletion of articles, interviews and stories that have the purpose of providing knowledge about sustainable development in ease, short “bites”. The book is divided in three sections  –society, environment, and economy– that approach the sustainable development from three different perspectives.

You can read more about this book here, in an article written by the editor presenting the book in their blog ( You can also read the book itself bellow: