European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) contributes to Europe’s future by providing intercultural education, European citizenship and the active participation of European citizens in the continent’s life. The European Union and the Council of Europe are EFIL’s core Partners for European fundraising, policy-setting and sharing.
EFIL's understanding of intercultural concepts
EFIL promotes a broad understanding of culture, intercultural competence and learning, in line with updated academic discourse and current political processes.
About EFILThe European Federation for Intercultural Learning: the federation of AFS organisations in Europe.
AdvocacyEngage in overall advocacy of Intercultural Learning on the European level and lobby to remove structural obstacles to youth exchanges, meanwhile confirming and strengthening EFIL’s position as a key player in providing Intercultural Learning opportunities and ensuring EFIL’s involvement in strategic alliances of interest to the AFS core business.
VoiceCommunicate EFIL related issues internally and through external communication channels to stakeholders, in order to inform, engage and inspire internal and external audiences about EFIL’s work and mission. Share and spread knowledge and expertise about Intercultural Learning and mobility in the network.
Projects & ProgrammesOffer attractive projects and programmes that foster European identity and intercultural understanding, this way supporting Member Organisations to grow with quality through empowering their volunteer networks, increasing their visibility and/or help them grow their sending/hosting number
AcademySupport Member Organisations in gaining knowledge and developing skills and intercultural competences, by offering training opportunities for their volunteers and staff, so that they will be better equipped to grow with quality, and be empowered to operate within the AFS and European environment.
ExpandEnlarge the Federation by developing new partner representations in European countries where there is no current presence of EFIL/AFS, with focus on the European Union.
2017 is EFIL’s year of Inclusion
In 2017 EFIL will focus on the topic of ‘Inclusive intercultural learning: exchange organisations contributing to equal opportunities for young people’. Throughout the year numerous activities will take place around Europe focusing on different aspect of inclusion.
Discover our Activites
The objective of the campaign #RecogniseStudyAbroad is to raise awareness among policy-makers and educational stakeholders about the lack of recognition of long-term pupil exchanges.
News about advocacy
EU-Western-Balkans Youth Forum, 11-12 July 2017, Trieste, ItalyAs a member of EFIL’s European Pool of Representatives Rafael Sue represented EFIL in the “The EU-Western-Balkans Youth Forum” which…
Thought from the “European Youth Conference: Regain or Retreat?”As a member of EFIL’s European Pool of Representatives Rafael Sue represented EFIL in the “European Youth Conference: Regain or…
Invest more in pupil learning mobility for a united Europe: a joint positionEFIL welcomes the Communication of the European Commission ‘School development and excellent teaching for a great start in life‘ which…
News about our activities
Definitions of Concepts linked to Intercultural CompetenceEFIL promotes a broad understanding of culture, intercultural competence and learning, in line with updated academic discourse and current political…
Working towards a more inclusive AFSInclusion and Equal Opportunities The annual topic for AFS in Europe and its umbrella organisation, the European Federation for Intercultural…
The Toolbox for Intercultural Learning at School is out!EFIL coordinated the project ‘Intercultural Learning for Teachers and Pupils’ aimed at producing tools to empower educators to include intercultural…
Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange
Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange ‘The intercultural training of teachers: from theory to practice’ will take place 2-5 November in Colle di Val d’Elsa, Italy.
The 8th edition of the Forum will gather about 60 experts and practitioners on the topic of intercultural training of teachers, its links with the assessment of global competency in 2018 and the need for commitment of the school leadership to ensure ICL is included in the school life.