The High, The Mighty & The Supreme Leader

Last week we introduced ourselves: The Divers, but the team is never complete without some pressure… And who are the ones putting pressure on us the whole time? The answer to this is summarised in three particular characters. They are known, among us, as: “the High” because he is very incredibly tall (for colombian height that is) and he always sees things from a new perspective; the “Mighty” because he will fix anything at anytime; and the “supreme leader” because he actually is the supreme leader. Basically if either “The High” or “The Mighty” are helping us or are fixing something, this last guy has the final word.

So the first additional member of this fantastic team called The Divers is:

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THE HIGH (aka EIRIK):  My name is Eirik Breivik Minde and at 34 years old I have the pleasure of working as the coordinator for this exchange. I was born and raised on the west coast of Norway but have travelled all my life. I developed a strong relationship with Colombia and my pension-plan is to settle down on a farm there.

I am also a professional musician and a dedicated father to a little boy who will soon be two years old. He is the most important thing in my life and he exemplifies my main reason to work with CISV: I genuinely believe that we can create a better world based on mutual respect, understanding and friendship.

I have lots of interests but right now I really look forward to the world cup in Brazil. My son and I are ready to cheer for Colombia in our new football shirts!

The second additional member of this one-of-a-kind team is…

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THE MIGHTY (aka JUANMA): My name is Juan Manuel Oviedo but everyone calls me Juanma. I am a 27-year-old that was lucky enough to join the exchange crew in 2011 when it was first thought of. I have been involved with community work in my country (Colombia), working with different NGO’s to strengthen their work. I am now a lawyer working on the international cooperation arena, with emphasis in Development work done in Colombia. I am a lover of prawns, travel and good life. I cannot be in one single place for more than a month. Languages and cultures are a part of my passion. CISV and me, a secret love, a hidden adventure. One of the most important parts of my life. It has been a life experience to learn about social justice and diversity of thinking, minds, and cultures.

Last but not least, we have the last additional member of the crew, he is…

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THE SUPREME LEADER (aka ANDREAS): My name is Andreas Mjelva and I am the National Secretary of CISV Norway and also the one in charge of the whole cooperation together with the project coordinators. I am 28 years old and live in Oslo, Norway. If you had met me 10 years ago you would have met a spoiled, selfish 18-year old whose only goals would be to be a professional football player and just get rich. However, after a trip to India and Tanzania when I was 18 years old my mindset changed completely. It was a world out there I did not know anything about and my experience changed me completely. Now my goal in life is to contribute to making the world a better place and I think CISV is a great place to start. Why Diversity? Because the world would be so boring without it. Diveristy of ideas, people and culture is one of the basic ingredients of progress.

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So now you can really say that you know the team. Without the three of them we would not have a lot of pressure all the time, but we wouldn’t have gotten this far either. That’s why, without a doubt, they are a very important part of our team even if you don’t really see them as much as you might see us. Yet, thank you very much Mr. High, Mr. Mighty and Mr. Supreme Leader.

This is us, the divers… The full house!

Three Stones From the Sun!

Hello everyone out there! We understand that you may already know the team but the question is do you know each of us, as individuals?

Well, we wanted to introduce ourselves properly to those who haven’t had the great opportunity to meet this fantastic diverse team called the divers (we really love playing with words)!

Enjoy getting to know us and hopefully we will also have the great opportunity to meet you soon. Still, we’re very glad to have met so many wonderful people in Norway, England, and Colombia! Thank you all for your support!

The first of this “one-of-a-kind” team is…

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ANITA (aka Big Mama): Hi there! I am Anita and I’m 24 years old. I am a psychologist and I love being it. I am Colombian, born in the capital city Bogota, and I’m here because I truly believe that every little thing we do has an impact in someone else. I could say that literature is one of my biggest passions, which is why wherever I go, I always bring books along. Also, there are authentic scenarios where I can feel at home, for example, laying down in the shadow beneath the tree, riding bicycle, having some coffee in a nice and cozy place (especially if there are amazing cakes or ice cream), going to the theatre and watching good films. In general, doing things that I feel can enrich my world, for instance taking a nap in a hammock is always enriching. I wanted to be part of this project working for peace education, knowing that children are both our hope and our future. My desire is to contribute to this content area (diversity) and its understanding; contributing to build bridges for a better tomorrow.

…The second person introducing himself comes from the north… Basically we could say he’s the viking diver…

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MIKKEL (aka Migue): My name is Mikkel Stokke and I am the guy in the Divers team. I was born 23 years ago and I was raised in Tønsberg, the oldest town in Norway. My mom, my dad and my two younger brothers, along with my dog have been my big support through all this years. I have been involved in CISV since 2011 and after that, summer is not summer without CISV. Diving is my passion, I love the ocean with its beauty and all its diversity, and the peace of mind you get under the surface. Since we, Norwegians, are born with skis on our feet, I enjoy skiing every winter and I am usually very active in terms of sports and activities, but sometimes I love to be lazy by laying on the couch, eat popcorn and watch movies.
Since CISV has taught me so much about myself and about peace education, and has given me some of the best friends you could have, I wanted to give something back to the organization. Interaction with people from all over the world is a great opportunity to gain knowledge about other cultures and realize how alike we really are.
…And last but not least, the third member of this “one-of-a-kind” team is…
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ANNA (aka Ranis): I am Anna and I am 23 years old. I’m studying Politics & International Relations. I am a big fan of photography, passionate about music, arts and literature. I guess I am also a big football lover. I like enjoying a nice cup of english tea, chilling at home or just meditating for a while, or even like Anita, I love a good nap on a hammock in the middle of nowhere. I find it both interesting and funny how we all perceive reality in a different way, so it made me wonder about this idea we have that “we are all the same”. But, at what point are we the same and at what point are we different from each other? Could diversity go beyond color, race, nationality, culture or language? I guess in a way it also defines us, gives us identity. Since I had all these questions, I wanted to be a part of a project that attempts to discover or at least will try to look into that word we all use so much but barely have a concrete meaning for: diversity.
FINALLY, we want to share a couple of experiences… For instance in the following pictures you will be able to see what Migue means when he says “Norwegians are born with skis” and Colombians are definitely not… If you take a close look, we were trying to jump in the snow but then again, you can see who is the expert and who are not!
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And of course you can’t miss the funny faces when landing on a very cold layer of snow… Ranis screaming, Anita holding her breathe (as if she was gonna swim) and Mikkel a very professional instructor…
Jumping in snow-8The result being this…Well, since this amazing post has not been embarrassing for us, we want to share the last pictures with all of you!

 

Who are we?

We, the divers, are two Colombians and two Norwegians seeking to look under the surface of what diversity means and its implications to peace education. We are also seeking to improve the organizations relations between the two countries.

This is the third exchange project, funded by Fredskorpset (FK). We will be working on the theme of Diversity; the one on 2012 managed a better understanding of Sustainable Development and the one that ended this summer focused their attention in Human Rights. Hopefully next year a new cooperation project will start working on the CISV’s fourth content area: Conflict-Resolution.

During these eight months, we want to develop useful tools by doing research, workshops, interviews and arranging local activities.

We would like for everyone to participate and get involved in this exchange and in the activities we will be facilitating. At the end of this eight months, we hope to be able to publish a book as a result of our cultural experiences and research.

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