Programmes and Projects


80 European students visiting Japan on MIRAI 2016 Winter Programme

This December, 80 students from universities in 12 European countries took part in the MIRAI 2016 Winter 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, Asian Studies, Japan Studies or… Read the full article


The VSS is back… for the 10th time

The preparation for the 10th Edition of the EFIL Volunteer Summer Summit, to take place in Hellishólar, Iceland from 13 to 18 August has begun. Registrations are now open and the call for participants can be downloaded on the VSS website www.efilsummersummit.org. The first deadline for registration is 5 March and the final deadline to register is 23 April. We recommend you to sign up as soon as possible to ensure a spot at the one of the biggest AFS… Read the full article


Join the 8th Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange!

In the last years, the focus of AFS has become more and more the one of being an educational organisation and to profile as such externally, especially to schools. Fondazione Intercultura, AFS Intercultural Programs and EFIL – the Federation of AFS organisations in Europe – have largely contributed to discussions and developments in this direction, by annually convening the Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange. This event gathers 60 participants from different parts of the… Read the full article


IDD: Counting likes until the victory

The annual Intercultural Dialogue Day (IDD) was celebrated in September last year. Connected to IDD there was also the annual IDD Photo and Video Contest. The winner of the Video contest was Budapest Chapter of AFS Hungary. EFILife asked the winners to tell us about how they managed to win and what effect this had on the volunteer group involved in the contest. Text and photos by: Kinga Udvardi, Szabolcs Zsiros, Zsófi Székely We are… Read the full article


The website intercultural-learning.eu is launched

          Partners of the Erasmus+ project Intercultural Learning for pupils and teachers are working hard to offer school leaders and teachers of upper secondary schools trainings and tools to include intercultural learning in every subject and aspect of the school life. These materials will all be available at the new website  intercultural-learning.eu which has just been launched! Subscribe to the newsletter to keep updated on the developments. Submit best practices following this link. WHAT… Read the full article


Badges for long-term school exchanges are online!

By now EFILife readers should be familiar with the term ‘Open Badges’ but if you are still not sure of what this is about, all you need to know is that Open Badges are a great tool for the recognition of non-formal learning! Thanks to the Erasmus+ project European Badge Alliance, in the last year EFIL has been developing and testing an Open Badges system to be used during long-term secondary school exchanges, in particular… Read the full article