Programmes and Projects


Intercultural Dialogue Day 2016

  On 29 September the 9th edition of the Intercultural Dialogue Day (IDD) took place all around Europe. On this day volunteers organise events in their local communities to promote intercultural dialogue and to show what AFS is and what we stand for. The theme of this year’s IDD was “Building peaceful societies through intercultural education.” This year, as before, the IDD Photo and Video Contest took place. Volunteers could upload their photos or videos to… Read the full article


ECTP 2016 has started and participants are getting Badges!

Currently 260 students are on the European Citizenship Trimester Programme 2016 in 25 European countries!    39 volunteers have been recruited from the EFIL network for the Trainers and Support teams. Curious to know who they are? Meet them here: http://www.ectp.eu/site/participants/ectp-2016/volunteer-team/ This year ECTP participants are also engaging in a new initiatives: claiming Open Badges as an evidence of their learning! In fact, thanks to the Erasmus+ project ‘European Badge Alliance’, EFIL is piloting a framework which… Read the full article


Time to be Welcome: A project on integration of refugees and migrants

There is no way to look past the fact that the integration of refugees into Europe has not gone as smoothly as we would wish. Xenophobia and intolerance are apparent across the continent where we would like it to be the opposite. From within the AFS network, from grassroots volunteers to board members, there have been discussions about what our involvement should. No matter how you look at it, it is apparent that we cannot… Read the full article


70 students visiting Japan on MIRAI 2016 Programme

In September, 70 university students from 35 countries in Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus took part in the MIRAI 2016 summer programme. “MIRAI” is the Japanese word for future. The programme is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (European Policy Division) and organised by the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in cooperation with EFIL. MIRAI is a short-term youth exchange where university students who study Politics, Security Policies, Economics, International Relations,… Read the full article


9th edition of EFIL Volunteer Summer Summit in Venice, Italy

In August, close to 290 AFS volunteers were gathered on the island of San Servolo, Venice, Italy for the 9th edition of the EFIL Volunteer Summer Summit making it the biggest international AFS event of the year in the network. 40 different AFS Partners were present including most of EFIL’s Member Organisations as well as: AFS Argentina and Uruguay, AFS Australia, AFS Brazil, AFS Chile, AFS Ghana, AFS India, AFS Indonesia, EIL Ireland, AFS Japan, AFS… Read the full article