Arezzo- Rondine

Wonderful decision to vist Rondine

Sam in Italy 2k16

First off, if you want to know more about Rondine, I suggest you check out their website at rondine.org. I will attempt to tell you about their mission, and how it challenged my world view.

Rondine is an activist organization that seeks to inspire change through peace. They take students from conflict zones (Israel/Palestine, Armenia/Azerbaijan, etc.) and bring them together to study and learn about the other side. Through personal interaction and debate, they seek to humanize the conflict, instead of demonizing the other side as propaganda tends to do.

Conflict resolution is embedded within the curriculum at Rondine, but conflict between the sides is inevitable. One of the students there told us, “we cannot avoid what happens.” Tempers inevitably flare, but they seek to meditate the peace process and bring about change. Rondine staff seek to change the perspective of conflicting sides, one voice of reason at a time.

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Rondine and the Art Exhibit

Rondine is the city of the peace near cappannelle – castiglion fibocchi

kylemorley

This morning we loaded onto a double decker bus and drove to a place called Rondine. It was out in the countryside of Tuscany and had a very beautiful view and an exotic feel to it. When we got there we went into a giant tent to learn about the purpose of Rondine. This organization brings students from opposing conflict zones together in the same place so that they can see their “enemy” face to face and realize that they are an actual person. This program also allows these student to further their education even though their countries are in a state of conflict. It was very cool to see two people whose countries hated each other managing to be friends and see past the cultural lenses their respective societies have placed over them. Rondine is a good activist for what I believe is a very good cause. After Rondine…

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Rondine

Rondine is near to Cappannelle House

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Rondine’s Website

We got the chance to visit a very unique place on the outskirts of Arezzo called Rondine, an association who refers to themselves as “The Citadel of Peace.”

IMG_6492.JPG-1 A sculpture on their campus showing the many different paths students take when they leave Rondine.

Rondine takes applications from students who live in areas affected by war and unrest. If accepted to the program, the students’ tuition, fees, and everything except normal living expenses is completely paid for, and they live in the community of Rondine while taking classes at universities near Arezzo. At Rondine, as part of the introduction to the program, all the students learn Italian together, which is the “official language” of the Rondine campus. Students also participate in workshops and discussions throughout their time at Rondine, but take their classes and pursue their degrees at partner universities.

The purpose of Rondine is to bring together students affected…

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A Visit to Rondine

Rondine is near to my house Cappannelle

Maddie Roper

Wednesday, May 25

Today we visited Rondine, an organization that brings students from conflict areas together in order to give them an education and teach them skills in conflict resolution. They are expected to then take these skills to their home countries and create projects that promote peace through education. This use of education to promote political or social change via activism is called informational politics. I think that Rondine has a wonderful mission. I believe it is true that most violence and conflict is bred of ignorance. This can ignorance about the “enemy” culture or ignorance to all the points of view in regard to the conflict situation. This ignorance is often not the fault of the individual, but the fault of the government or society. The stereotypes and beliefs bred of the ignorance must be unlearned, and Rondine strives to break down these barriers in order to create…

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Italy Adventures: Tuscany Edition

WOW. I like your post on Airbnb in Tuscany

wishbonedreams

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Dear readers – this is my last “Italy Adventures” blog post…but have no fear (wipe your tears) there are always more adventures around the corner that I’ll be excited to share with you, so for now here is the final edition – Tuscany style!

I have to be honest, when I thought of Italy I didn’t really think of Tuscany. Don’t ask me why – I mean, I’m a huge wine lover etc. but it wasn’t at the top of my list. However, a couple of the girls were interested in visiting Tuscany so we added it to the itinerary. I would say the only downfall to this Tuscany trip was that many of the little towns/villages we visited were essentially closed for holiday. It would have been nice to see the bustling little towns and have the ability to walk into many of the wine shops and cute little…

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5 Reasons to Visit Siena

I agree with you, Siena It is a beautiful city. We know it very well because we have an airbnb in tuscany

Taste, Travel, Teach

Out of all of the cities we visited throughout Italy, Siena was the only one I could really picture myself living in. A nice break from the busy city life, Siena is a less-visited oasis of beauty, wine, and local flavor. We only stopped for one night but I am so glad that we did!

Since we only had one night, we took advantage of the town’s relaxing vibes and you should too! Here’s why you should say ciao to Siena!

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1) It’s off the beaten path

Quite simply, Siena is the perfect place to enjoy the slower way of life, tell stories about, and visit again. Particularly since we visited in February, the town was almost empty of tourists. We had great conversation with a couple locals and found that people were eager to help us out – something that we didn’t find in every city we visited. We only…

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