We are back in the office after a week in Bergen. As every year we were helping the Mosaic "Verden i Bergen", during which the Kompaz team and the EVSers, along with other CISVers spend the week with kids from a refugee asylum reception centre. Some CISV Norway kids usually join in, to create an atmosphere of exchange.
This time, we flew to Bergen. The flight is quite literally "takeoff - go through one or two clouds - land".
Bergen is a lovely (small by our standards) city, with cute streets and a Christmas-ish feel.
We took the train to Arna the first morning, having no idea what to expect - flexibility was going to be the keyword for the week. We started of with a few name games. Quickly, we realised the challenges we'd be facing all week: the age range was 5 - 11, quite wide, and only two kids could speak English. This meant we would have to figure out a way to keep everyone interested despite the age gap, and that Norwegian speakers would have to be the ones talking to the participants. Not the easiest!
After struggling a bit the first two days, we ended up separating the group by age, making the older participants do some "pre-teens appropriate" things, interviewing them, playing football, while the younger ones were doing energisers and simple running games. Arts and crafts seemed to be the one thing everyone agreed on, even after some complaining for the sake of it. We made masks, piñatas, a big common painting, ... Everyone enjoyed themselves!
The week was exhausting but turned out to be a success, with some of the participants saying they would definitely come back next year, that it was the best day they'd had in CISV and whether they would see us again.
Mosaics are CISV's local impact projects, and they are highly rewarding. Read more about Mosaic here.
Laëtitia & Emi