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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A Walk to Rondine

With Jennifer Browning Bianchi and her American friends we walked to Rondine “City of Peace”.

The landscape and the Tuscan countryside are extraordinary. It was a wonderful and unforgettable day.