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Learning to Live Together – From Ideas to Action – AFS GLOBAL INTERCULTURAL EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM

8 November 2014 Join AFS and more than 1,000 attendees from around the world for a dynamic conversation on global citizenship, Learning to Live Together—from Ideas to Action. This AFS Global Intercultural Education Symposium will take place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. With a steady look to our future, AFS will convene luminaries from the fields of peace and education to advance practical solutions in the crucial work of developing global citizens. This engaging… Read the full article


5-9 November 2014 This interactive workshop culminates in a special youth-led symposium at the UNESCO headquarters on the morning of 8 November for AFSers and friends aged 30 and under. In celebration of the next century of AFS, participants will discuss and debate the best ways we can learn to live together as global citizens. Registration includes participation in the AFS Global Intercultural Education Symposium on Saturday afternoon and the AFS Centennial Gala Dinner.patronage_unesco_en AFS… Read the full article

Eva Exchange between Slovakia and Latvia

The Eva programme presents benefits for hosting mothers taking care of their ‘new’ son or daughter, devoting their  time and energy to create welcoming family atmosphere for a newcomer. Intercultura Slovakia as an active AFS and EFIL member in the sphere of the Eva programme organised a mother exchange with Latvian host mothers at the end of May, when a group of Latvian Eva participants came to visit their counterparts in Slovakia. The one week… Read the full article

Goodbye to Roberta

By Roberta Arbinolo Hello everybody. Just three months ago I was writing my presentation for my “Welcome” article in EFIL’s newsletter, right after my first lunch at the office with my new colleagues, and it feels so weird now to be working at the “Goodbye” one. I am leaving my traineeship earlier than planned because of a job offer which I am very happy about, but I am not doing it without regret. These three… Read the full article

Floods in Serbia – Support from a Belgian host family

By Milos Karaklajic My name is Milos Karaklajic, I live in Serbia. I was in Belgium last year as an AFS student and spent a wonderful eleven months in Erembodegem, province of Oost-Vlaanderen. I keep in touch with my host family and friends. I often think about them. I talk to them, and I especially like my Skype talks with grandpa and grandma. I have a lot of great memories from the family, school, and… Read the full article

AFS Hungary’s training weekend going international

AFS Hungary’s training weekend going international After the first success on a national level, AFS Hungary’s 3-day-long training event, trAinFS opened its workshops for international participants this year. The event was held between 2-4 May 2014 near Budapest, where – along with more than 60 Hungarian volunteers – 9 AFS’ers from the Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia were invited to experience the real trAinFS spirit. To ensure the diversity of topics covered, each day… Read the full article

Update on Partner News

AFS Bosnia and Herzegovina has a new leadership, elected at the General Assembly in Sarajevo. Mila Majstorovic will be the new President of the Organisation, whileAljosa Preradovic takes up the position as Chair. Neira Milavica took over the role of Programme Manager and is replacing Nadina Muslic. A special thank you was expressed to Inga Menke (EFIL) and Dominik Scherrer (AFS INT) who were invited as special guests at the General Assembly.  Note that the office address… Read the full article

EFIL Members attend the 60th anniversary celebrations of AFS Spain in Madrid

Following the EFIL Heads of Office retreat in Malaga (see elsewhere in this edition of EFILife), the majority of the European National Directors boarded the high speed train from Malaga to Madrid to attend the celebrations of AFS Spain’s 60th anniversary. In Madrid, the group first met with the staff of AFS Spain in their new office premises in the heart of the city. On Friday evening, a large crowd gathered on the rooftop of… Read the full article