Programmes and Projects


Intercultural Dialogue Day – impressive outcomes of 2014 edition!

The Intercultural Dialogue Day, a grassroots celebration of diversity which happens every year in local AFS chapters, took place this year on 25 September, with a new impetus. As mentioned in several previous EFIL communications, in 2014 we enjoyed two special circumstances: the thematic focus on Diversity Education and the special volunteer project team which worked throughout the year to produce PR materials and promote the event further. Both these were stimulated by the project… Read the full article


European Citizenship Trimester Programme Brussels Camp: 6th edition!

From Sunday 30 November to Thursday 4 December 240 youth gathered near Brussels to share what it means to live in another European country for 3 months and be part of the European Citizenship Trimester Programme – ECTP, the exchange programme run by AFS organisations in Europe and coordinated by EFIL. This meeting is the so-called ECTP Brussels Camp which adds a powerful learning dimension to the AFS trimester exchange programme. In fact, participants not… Read the full article


Promoting European Citizenship within the whole EFIL network: AFS staff members at the ECTP Camp!

In 2015 EFIL is conducting an Erasmus+ funded project aimed at improving the European Citizenship content of AFS exchanges, in particular for ECTP, which is the trimester exchange programme focused on this topic (see elsewhere in this edition of EFILife). The project consists of a series of ‘job shadowing’ experiences for AFS staff members from EFIL, Belgium Flanders, Hungary, Russia, Germany and Sweden. The project has started with the first job shadowing of Diana, Ariane, Natalia,… Read the full article


Preparing for the 2015 EFIL Volunteer Summer Summit

Although it is only December preparations for next year’s EFIL Volunteer Summer Summit have already begun. The VSS in 2015 it will take place in Germany. The Preparatory Team has been selected and we are happy to present them to you: David Kalwar and Anne Reck, both from Germany, will be our Office liaison in the host country and the Support team coordinator.  Gert Lucas from Germany once again will be the VSS’s IT manager. … Read the full article


Wanted: AFS Alumni in Brussels

Are you an AFS returnee and do you currently reside in Brussels or surroundings, then this is for you! Dear fellow AFSers, A group of enthusiastic AFS Alumni in Brussels with positions at the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and other European institutions, international organisations and NGOs, etc. together with EFIL (the European Federation for Intercultural Learning – umbrella of all 28 the European AFS organisations) has revived the network of AFS… Read the full article