Summer in Norway? Amazing !

After a few months dark, here are months of brightness.


One thing we love during the summer is that the days seem longer.
The sun always shining at 22 o'clock really surprised us, it is dark only 1 or 2 hours a day around 01:00 to 04:00 in the morning. The weather is not as bad as 10 degrees but not more than 16 degre here (Noth); To the south it is warmer than here.
Another thing that is appreciated is that we meet many more people outside, smiling and friendly.

 

Summer colour in Steinkjer  

Summer colour in Steinkjer

 

A thing to say, we like Norwegian summer :)

Hipp hipp hurra!!

What an amazing experience!!

What a shock for us to see how we celebrate the national day here. The people are more smiling, wearing their different "Bunad" (traditional dress) and for a day, the streets are animated and the city is noisy.
To celebrate this special day, they have the tradition of starting with a big breakfast before making the "train" as they call it. The train is a walk followed by different traditions. Where we celebrated it (Inderoy, Nord Trondelag), we walked for two good hours but were really fun.

The train, stop at the church for a mass, and go to the culture house where there will be speech and games. Once arrived at destination, everyone rushed to go into a room, and I thought maybe they are going to the bathroom, but it was to buy hot dogs and icecream, for them another tradition. Then, eat and for children, play different games like bag race and (Especially for children).


 For us (Malagasy), national day means only day off. We are happy because it is a free day, a day where you can rest and stay at home, and for some family and prepare Malagasy dishes.


Anyway, it was an experience like no other !!

THE ANSWERS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR :)

Hi guys, here are the answers to the quiz:

RED CROSS QUIZZ

1.      Who founded Red Cross?
Henry Dunant

2.      When was the battle of Solferino?

June 24, 1859

3.      When was the book “Memory of Solferino” published?

1862

4.      When was Red Cross founded?
1863

5.      What is the emblem of Red Cross?
Red cross with white background

6.      When is World Red Cross Day?
8 May

7.      Where is the HQ of The International Committee of the Red Cross?
Geneva

8.      Which of the following is not a fundamental principle of Red Cross?
a) Impartiality
b) Compulsory Service
c) Independence
d) Humanity

 > Compulsory service is not a fundamental principle of the Red Cross

9.      What do you think Henry Dunant had as characteristics to be able to create this humanitarian Movement?

o   Innovation

o   Compassion

o   Persistence

o   Leadership

o   Visibility

o   Commitment

All of these are correct

10.  What are the working areas of Norwegian Red Cross Youth?

The answer to this one was not inside the video, but you can discover it here:

I hope you enjoyed doing that quiz, see you next time on a new topic ;-)  

RED CROSS QUIZ, WOULD YOU GET 10/10 AT THIS QUIZ?

Hey you, long time no talk :-)

New article today, here we go!

 

Last Tuesday (21/03/17) we had a quiz night event at a youth house in Verdal called Panzer.

In collaboration with Verdal Red Cross Youth and Peer (the manager of Panzer), we organized a Red Cross quiz for the young people that go in Panzer every Tuesdays.

What was the reason of doing that quiz? Simple, we wanted to introduce the Red Cross to those young people in order to give them knowledge about the humanitarian work in the Red Cross and to have more visibility of the Red Cross Youth among young people living in Verdal.

Around 40 participated in the quiz, divided into 6 groups. Others were spectators.

We also wanted to invite them for Red Cross youth activities but right after we gave the prizes to the winners, everyone disappeared (they returned to their games, since we were in a youth house full of games). That’s what happens when you’re dealing with youth (it was rather teenagers than young people). But that was fine, that will be a lesson for next time, don’t give the prizes until you finish everything :)

That was a cool experience.

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN, I CHALLENGE YOU TO DO THAT QUIZ :)

Before we did the quiz, we showed the participants a video of the “Story of an idea” where they could find the answers.

So, if the Red Cross is very new to you, watch this video first, and answer the questions after (no cheating please, watch only once). If you are already in the Red Cross-Red Crescent Movement, just do it right away.

READY? HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS (you can put your answers in the comment section if you want)

Next time, there will be a quiz embed directly to the blog but for now, we’ll do it simple)

RED CROSS QUIZZ

1.      Who founded Red Cross?
a) Alfred Bernard Nobel
b) Kofi Annan
c) Florence Nightingale
d) Henry Dunant

2.      When was the battle of Solferino?

a-      May 08, 1828

b-      June 24, 1835

c-      June 24, 1859

3.      When was the book “Memory of Solferino” published?

a-      1860

b-      1862

c-      1864

4.      When was Red Cross founded?
a) 1859
b) 1863
c) 1874
d) 1900

5.      What is the emblem of Red Cross?
a) Red cross with blue background
b) Red cross with yellow background
c) Red cross with white background
d) Yellow cross with red background

6.      When is World Red Cross Day?
a) 1 March
b) 8 May
c) 4 June
d) 9 April

7.      Where is the HQ of The International Committee of the Red Cross?
a) Geneva
b) Rome
c) Tokyo
d) New York

8.      Which of the following is not a fundamental principle of Red Cross?
a) Impartiality
b) Compulsory Service
c) Independence
d) Humanity

9.      What do you think Henry Dunant had as characteristics to be able to create this humanitarian Movement? (put cross on the correct answers)

o   Innovation

o   Compassion

o   Persistence

o   Leadership

o   Visibility

o   Commitment

10.  What are the working areas of Norwegian Red Cross Youth?

 

 

That was easy, right? I hope you had fun doing it.

Don’t worry, correct answers will come very soon on the next article.

P:S: don’t forget, the three first winners will get a prize xD

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Go to hell ... wait ... What?

Do not worry, you just did not understand, they meant "god helg" Norwegian meaning of "good weekend", one of the amusing experiences that Mohamed Abud, originally from Somalia.

Mohamed told us about his experience as a refugee in Norway, how he made it to come, and how he experienced this experience as well as bad.
During his sharing, Mohamed asked simple questions like "Who knows what is the first step that an immigrant arriving at a place has to make?". Impressive but no one had the answer apart from the refugees present. While the response was "Going to the police".


Until 2016, the number of immigrants in Norway has increased steadily. Hearing this kind of story makes us see life differently, sometimes we just close our eyes to all that is happening around us because we do not want to face the truth. The aim of this reading was to sensitize, mobilize, and get sympathy for the refugees.

 

One of the goals of the Norwegian Red Cross Youth is to care for young refugees on the spot, hence the "flyktningkompis" activity Norwegian meaning of "Refugee buddy (friend)". The aim of this activity is to contribute to the inclusion and integration of unaccompanied refugees so that they can easily adapt to changes as well as for the practice of the language.

During this gathering, we had about 30 minutes of interview to talk about Madagascar, the Red Cross Malagasy, our experiences in Norway, and in connection with the gathering "how we make friends in Madagascar". We answered the climate.

Maybe in Madagascar as it is always warm, we like to be outside, on a terrace with a cool drink and glasses, we feel cool and for we know what is the reason we have become pleasantly friendly. So comes the "Hello" with a big smile or the "do not stay alone in your corner, come to join me to discuss" or the "Oh! It is hot today".

And like Norway is a cold country, we prefer to stay warm at home, with a good movie and a national drink (coffee) in hand. Maybe we were wrong, maybe not!!

We do not have an answer that can exactly answer this question but we know that small thing can be a beginning of everything, like a smile or make someone smile or greet one another. As Mohamed said, "The very best you can do for someone who is new and alone somewhere, is to be a friend. It is so easy, and it can create so much joy» .

It does not take much to include, "Vær litt kompis"? (Do you want to be my friend?)

 

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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? APPLY AND BECOME THE NEXT YOUTH DELEGATE!

Hello people!!!

First of all, I would like to say happy new year to everyone especially you who have been following us since the very beginning.

Many of my friends keep asking me: “what are you doing in Norway exactly, what kind of work is that?”

So I wrote this article to enlighten you about these questions.

Besides, the application process for the next youth delegate has already started.  If you’re interested to be the next youth delegate, read this:

What is a Youth Delegate doing?

  • Facilitating: after having a nine days and one month of intensive trainings about a lot of things such as facilitation techniques, communication, leadership, culture, first aid, street mediation…, the Youth Delegates will be facilitating trainings or workshops for others. 
  • Working with a co-delegate: a youth delegate is not working alone, he/she has a co-delegate and they are working together in one district of the host country.
  • Learning and studying: when you are a Youth Delegate, you learn from your experience in the field, from the people that you work with, from your successes and failures. But it can be literally as well, for example learning the language of the country or having more courses useful for your work.
  • Being an employee: which means that you have to write reports, attend meetings, send mails, make calls, be at the office, arrive in time, … and drink a lot of coffees :-)
  • Working with young volunteers: you will be living in one district and supporting the local Red Cross youth groups there, which means participating or organizing activities with them, attending their meetings, facilitating workshops for them (as mentioned earlier), and all other ways that you could find to support them.
  • Representative of your National Society and your Country: as soon as you are abroad, you no longer represent yourself but all your country, people wouldn’t know much about your country and your cultures, so they would discover those through you. But as a Youth Delegate, you also represent your National Society.
  • Fredskorpset (FK) participant: this program is in cooperation with Fredskorpset (means 'Peace Corps' in English, kinda Peace Corps Norwegian version) and you will participate in a Youth camp with them where you will get a lot of trainings, meet many people and have so much fun for around one week. More about FK here: http://www.fredskorpset.no/en
  • Sharing your work: you will be sharing your work through the official YDEP blog (www.ydep.no) and all sort of social medias (facebook account and page, Instagram, youtube, snapchat, …)
  • Having some fun: life as a Youth Delegate is not only about work, it’s also about having fun, connecting with people and having new friends, discovering new cultures and countries.

This is a non-exhaustive list, wanna know more about the Youth Delegates and YDEP?

For the Norwegians (you have until the first of March if you wanna apply this year), click here : https://candidate.hr-manager.net/ApplicationInit.aspx?cid=1212&ProjectId=143805&DepartmentId=18977&MediaId=5&SkipAdvertisement=False#sthash.2hJRbLW5.gbpl and for the Malagasy (you have until 18th of January), here: http://www.ydep.no/s/Appel-candidature_YDEP-2017-2018.pdf 

Or just comment a question!

So, after knowing all these, what are you waiting for, apply and become the next Youth Delegate :-)

See you!

 

Youth Delegates 2016-2017

Ferie For Alle in Røros

From the day we heard we would be celebrating Christmas with Ferie for Alle (Holiday for All) in Røros, our excitement level was quite high. For all 6 of the youth delegates, this Christmas was special. For Aina, Maeva, Johan Sebastian and Sebastian they celebrated Christmas in a new way. For Rajesh and Shabnam it was the first time they celebrated for Christmas. What would have been a better way to celebrate Christmas than in a magical Røros surrounded by friends. We would like to thank Nørd- Trøndelag Røde Kors for arranging this for us.

Our journey for Ferie for Alle started on 22nd December with 8 families from different parts of Trøndelag. Each one of us were responsible for one family. The pairing up was quiet funny when you don't know Norwegian well and they don't speak English. Google Translator was the saviour for most of us.

We got the taste of Norwegian winter culture with Skiing, riding dog sledge, eating Norwegian Christmas dishes. Exploring Røros with the families was fun as we our shoes were buried in inches of snow as we walked.

We participated in activities like  decorating PepperKakker, bowling, Christmas activities of the hotel and lots and lots of swimming, sauna and laying in jacuzzi.

On our last night of Ferie for Alle, we had visit from a guest who called himself Røros Troll. He entertained by singing and telling about Røros. He invited all the particitipants to sign a song from their homeland where we participated too. After that, we invited all the families to dance with us.

Spending these Christmas holidays together were great for us as even being away from our families we were with wonderful friends and families.

Dinner on Christmas eve

Dinner on Christmas eve

We also had the opportunity to celebrate the new year together at Steinkjer. Which was a little special because the custom says to receive the New Year on the Bridge at midnight. We had our little party at home where we danced, eat before going out to join the tradition. Fireworks an eye everywhere, cries of joys, tears, and everyone hugging everyone and wishing Happy New Year. 

Happy New Year 2017 Feliz Año Nuevo 2017 Bonne année 2017 Arahabaina tratry ny taona 2017 शुभकामना नयाँ वर्ष 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Feliz Año Nuevo 2017

Bonne année 2017

Arahabaina tratry ny taona 2017

शुभकामना नयाँ वर्ष 2017

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Exchanging our culture, learning yours

There are many benefits to integrating cultural exchange into a workplace. It not only provides an international presence on the scene but also provides an opportunity to create an environment where employees can learn a new culture and share their personal heritage, customs and culture. It's creating your space in a new place.


To participate in an exchange program is to travel, to discover, to extend on new horizons and especially to learn. An opportunity also to be able to know more about other countries that even you did not know before, but still more and more about your country.


A cultural exchange is when you are a foreigner and you introduce yourself, you have to speak joyously of your country, to make this little presentation of your dear country whenever finally it resembles a small recitation in your head.  Not only present your country, but also be curious about what others know about your country and what they think.
But what amuses us most is this little comparison of our country to the film "Madagascar" every time we introduce ourselves, these faces so surprised when we talk about "Famadihana" (the excavation of a corpse) or say aloud our full names followed by "what? What? Can you repeat?".

Look at this video, we see Magnus Hovd, Ida Westerhus and Roger McKellar who are our office colleagues. They were asked to read our full names and wish a merry Christmas in Malagasy:

 

They meant Maeva Nancy Razafindrakoto, Ny Aina Jonathan Andriasolonirina from Madagascar wish you a merry Christmas !! :)

Maeva and Aina from Madagascar wish you a merry christmas :)

Maeva and Aina from Madagascar wish you a merry christmas :)

 

And as it is an exchange, we also try to read some names that they have asked us to read. Aina read it while trying to have the right pronunciation (I'm not sure that it sounds the real norvegian) :

 

Aina tried to read this:

 

God jul :)

God jul :)

The exchange of culture does not require much, we do it through what we usually do. Just talking about Madagascar to the people around us already has one. When we are at a party, or in a group, we try to make listen to malagasy nusic to the people around us, we ask them to follow us by dancing "Kilalaky" or "Afindrafindrao".

We try to learn a little about all the cultures around us wich is our daily life, from Norway, Africa, Middle East, Nepal to Colombia.

Sebastian is teaching me how to cook a typical Colombian dish which took some time to prepare...

Sebastian is teaching me how to cook a typical Colombian dish which took some time to prepare...

And finally, this is the typical dish colombiana: plantain banana, salsa sauce, guacamole and chicken. Thank you it was super delicious :)

And finally, this is the typical dish colombiana: plantain banana, salsa sauce, guacamole and chicken. Thank you it was super delicious :)

Shabnam taught me how they use henna at home, and I also tried to draw on her fingers :)

Shabnam taught me how they use henna at home, and I also tried to draw on her fingers :)

Here is a video where Sebastian in Malagasy, Johan Sebastian in French, Shabnam in Spanish and Aina in Norwegian wish you all a merry Christmas and already a very beautiful year:

Not to say that one is indifferentiated of this culture but to discover and to live this difference, it is cultural exchange.

Not to say that one is indifferentiated of this culture but to discover and to live this difference, it is cultural exchange.

Know the customs of a foreign country and experience another culture on the fly! By immersing yourself in the daily life of another country, not only does the door open to a new culture, but you also discover new perspectives for yourself.

 

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How is Christmas in Norway

City of light during dark period.

All these little intrigues of each person who gives warmth to the heart and who truly feels the spirit of Christmas. 

Everyone is smiling more, read a few words of encouragement from everywhere also helps us to confront and not to be discouraged by this cold :)  What is special to us is, we are used to celebrating Christmas in summer.


Admire all these lights in this darkness, impressed by the effort that each house makes for these beautiful decorations and which together gives an illuminated, magic but still warm alley.
These sweet songs you hear at every street corner that are only Christmas songs with a bit of everything you see that is either red or white.

 

Also, Norwegians who already love candles, they use more and more before and during this periode, from outside, inside and to the bathroom. Even we begin to get there too :)
 

We are more than happy to take part in this culture wich is to celebrate this event with a lot of light and decoration, eating "peperkaker" and a lot of candy and especially by standing warm with a cup of coffe, tea or chocolate.

                                                 Like they say   "GOD JUL"  :)

 

 

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WHAT'S NEWS?

Heeey. What’s up everyone?!

Well, we have some news for you, here they are:

1-      Today 1st of December is the World AIDS day, but we won't really talk about it here. You can find more about the world AIDS day in the other delegates' blogs.

However, to celebrate it, we’ve made this video with all the youth delegates. Just watch it here.

2- Last Saturday we had a mini workshop about Street Mediation with the Red Cross Youth volunteers in Steinkjer.

What is Street Mediation exactly?

Street mediation is a tool for violence prevention among young people. It has been developed as a concept and methodology over two project phases. It was initiated by the Norwegian Red Cross in 1999 and further developed and shared on a peer-to-peer level with other National Societies in Lebanon, Belize, Romania, Denmark, Colombia, Latvia, …

Today, street mediation is a bustling youth activity many Norwegian cities and districts. Several other countries in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement have shown interest and the National Societies in Belize, Romania, Lebanon, Colombia and Denmark have implemented street meditation as an activity.

Wanna watch some videos about Street Mediation? Here:

                                                                                                    

Here's one more, but in Norwegian :-)

So it’s about resolving conflict, but also about fun, ‘cause we have so much fun with the exercises that we do during the sessions.    

It’s a bit similar with the YABC of the IFRC. What are those weird words again :-( ? Well YABC means “Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change” and IFRC “International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies”

If you want to know more, here's one link about YABC: http://www.ifrc.org/en/what-we-do/principles-and-values/youth-as-agents-of-behavioural-change-yabc/

But let's get back to the Street Mediation, so what we have done on Saturday was just giving an overview of it to the participants.

To illustrate it and to finish this post, here are some pictures:

 

Hope you had fun with this post and got more knowledge with all the videos and links.

See ya :-)

Discovering while working

We joined the annual youth meeting of Norwegian Red Cross Youth or SUK. We had the privilege of attending all the meetings during these few days. It was really impressing to see all these young people, who were not afraid to give their opinions, decisive and so much involved in what they do. We were in the counting committee where we counted the votes during the election of the new National board of the Norwegian Red Cross Youth. We also had the opportunity to present the Malagasy Red Cross to the youth volunteers.

This conference was not only work, but also a lot of fun. We met youth leader from all over the country, we make a party, and we have had an opportunity to meet again our friends delegates.

 

These last days were all about discovering new things. Our first snowfall, our first northern lights and our first Norwegian course.

Looking through the window, seeing the time and all amazed that it is only 4pm shocked us the first time. In our country, even in winter, we are accompanied by the sun until 6pm. But at least we are lucky enough to admire the '' northern lights ''. Seeing these shades of light, changing seconds per second, we remained speechless admiring them, so much so that we felt more cold for a few minutes. And we consider ourselves lucky to be able to admire them because they can only be seen here in the north.

 

 

 

We were so happy to see the snow even though we fall. When going to work, Maeva was so excited that she fell because she did not pay attention to where she was walking. Aina slipped every time but fortunately never falls down. It's fun to see everything in white, you turn the head left, right, everything is white.

Aina enjoy the snow. Keep calm, we will have enough time to live with :)

 

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Ferie For Alle in Trondheim

Ferie for alle or Holliday for all is an activity of the Red Cross. It is an activity where several families gather and spend their holidays together.

For this autumn, we participated of Ferie For Alle in Trondheim. All the participant are from all Nord Trøndelag, and we were 32 people in total.

 It was an amazing experience, a lot of fun with these lovely kids, we went to the cinema, visited the "branstajon" (fire department), went in this very big swimmingpool, and climbing wall. All of these activities are plan by the Red Cross.  And like all children do not speak English, we sometimes did mime to understand and was really fun. Every day we learned new Norwegian words :)

Malagasy team :)

Malagasy team :)

During the swimmingpool time, Maeva just enjoy to look the swimmer because she forgot her swimsuit. Aina tried to go in this big tunnel and after he said:  ‘’ That was fun but scary too’’ !!!
At the climbing wall, everybody tried to climb, the Malagasy tried too but finally they said ‘’ we tried but it is not for us’’ !!!  Aina was in the middle of the wall but Maeva tried so many time but she fell at 1,50m hahahaha

 

Those 4 days were work but a lot of fun, an opportunity to meet knew people and exchange!! :)  

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National kick off for the TV-Aksjonen day

Hi again everyone!

This Saturday, October 1st, has marked the kick off for the TV-Aksjonen (in english TV campaign) day on next 23rd of October.

All the local Red Cross groups in Norway had different events where we explained what we are going to do on the 23rd of October, what’s gonna happen on that date.

For us in Steinkjer, we had a free concert opened for everyone with different local artists and different kinds of music.

 

What is that famous TV-Aksjonen exactly? You will see by yourself when that event will happen but roughly speaking, it’s an annual fundraising event organized by the Norwegian television NRK, maybe the biggest fundraising in the world.

 

This is an excerpt of the concert on Saturday, enjoy!

Hotel California Norwegian version

Another song by these two guys

We also had some coffees, cakes, chocolates and juices. Before the beginning of the concert and during the breaks, people could sit in a table, enjoy their foods and know more about the Norwegian Red Cross and the TV-Aksjonen.

 

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No more preparations, time for actions ...

After 1 month together, the delegates have moved in their respective district to work for several months. 

The Malagasy Youth Delegates have moved in Nord-Trøndelag district, around 600 kilometers from Oslo, in a city called Steinkjer.

For us, the change is quickly noticed. Oslo was a bit crowded and noisy but here in Steinkjer is so calm, relaxing and very very very silent :-)  

We arrived in Steinkjer on Thursday, warmly welcomed by everyone we met, we even received very nice flowers, thank you Hilde :-) ; started to work in the office on Friday, and right away in  an activity on Saturday.

In a place called Stokkvola, after a meeting with the District leaders and the Youth leaders, we climbed a mountain of more than 2 km high, something new for us but the Norwegians love that.

We were exhausted after that but it was a real pleasure to meet all the district leaders, the volunteers and some 230 people who participated in that activity.

It was a kind of cultural exchange, a social inclusion, an introduction to the Norwegian culture for the foreigners (‘cause we were many foreigners there).

Norway is maybe cold but the people here are so nice and warm!

 

Our presentation during the meeting with the Leaders in Nord Trøndelag

Our presentation during the meeting with the Leaders in Nord Trøndelag

Group work during the meeting

Group work during the meeting

All the people taking picture together on the top of the mountain.

All the people taking picture together on the top of the mountain.

Selfie selfie :)

Selfie selfie :)