Programmes and Projects

Pilot of PEACE programme successfully launched

The pilot PEACE programme was launched in January 2018 with the arrival of nine students from Indonesia, India and Thailand who are hosted in Germany, Hungary, Italy and Poland. Activities such as ‘GC in You’ and the Active Project have been developed as part of the programme and its active global citizenship theme. One of the objectives of the programme is that participants will gain more competences on the concept of Global Citizenship and the… Read the full article

Third group for MIRAI 2017-2018 visits Japan in March

MIRAI Program 2017/2018 Following the two groups of altogether 150 university graduate and post-graduate students who visited Japan respectively in September and December 2017, a third group, this time of 20 young professionals took part in the third leg of the MIRAI Program 2017/2018 in March 2018. Coming from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine, these young people work in Europe at Ministries, diplomatic missions, municipalities, etc…. Read the full article

New online course “Developing Intercultural Competence through E-learning” shaping up

Although e-learning initiatives are not new to EFIL, the efforts to increase online learning offers have been gradually gaining momentum. “Developing Intercultural Competence through E-learning (DICE)” project is probably the most ambitious initiative thus far in this regard. The goal of the DICE project is to develop a new e-learning and/or blended learning course addressing those aspects of intercultural competence which can be helpful in facing current society challenges (e.g. polarisation, rise of xenophobia, online… Read the full article

Time to be Welcome – AFS volunteers supporting refugees in Paris and Athens

Volunteering in Paris, France by Josephine Billedo Malvar “You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.” These words from Marie Curie, have always inspired me and express the reason why I… Read the full article

“Time to be Welcome” – AFS volunteers using their know-how to support refugees

    As you might have read in previous editions of EFILife, EFIL is taking part in the project “Time to be Welcome”, coordinated by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM). “Time to be welcome” encourages young volunteers and Youth Organisations in Europe to support the welcoming of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and their integration process in the new community through the use of non-formal education and youth work. The project is… Read the full article

MobiliTeach Summer School for VET teachers in the making

Although AFS/EFIL might not focus primarily on the vocational schools, getting closer to the VET sector to identify opportunities and synergies is one of the needs expressed by several AFS organisations. A good tool for that is “MobiliTeach” – a 2-year project (November 2017 – October 2019), with the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships funding, coordinated by UNISER Italy, with EFIL being the only partner from outside the VET sector. The main aim of the project is… Read the full article

Intercultural Learning for Pupils and Teachers: discover the Toolbox and Training!

The Erasmus+ project Intercultural learning for pupils and teachers is led by EFIL together with a consortium composed by AFS organisations, the French German Youth Office, the European School Heads Association and two schools. You can learn more about the project watching this video. The project has developed a Training for teachers and the Toolbox ‘Intercultural Learning at School’ which is available  here in English, French, Italian and German. In all languages you can navigate the Toolbox searching in the 4… Read the full article

9th Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange | 24-27 October 2018, Brussels

In the last years, AFS has focused on becoming an educational organisation and increasing our profile as such externally, especially with  schools. Fondazione Intercultura, AFS Intercultural Programs and EFIL – the Federation of AFS organisations in Europe – have contributed to discussions and developments in this direction, by annually convening the Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange (FILE). Every year FILE  gathers 60 participants -by invitation only- from different parts of the world: half of them… Read the full article

Volunteer Summer Summit 2018

As spring has arrived around Europe the team behind the VSS is complete and preparation is in full swing. Over 30 volunteers have been recruited for the roles of prep team, trainers and support team to build this 11th edition of the EFIL Summer Summit together. This year’s VSS will take place on the island of Utøya in Norway and will focus on the topic of “Civic education against extremism”. Although this might seem like a… Read the full article