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.

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We provide extraordinary intercultural learning opportunities

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    About EFIL

    The European Federation for Intercultural Learning: the federation of AFS organisations in Europe.
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    Engage in overall advocacy of Intercultural Learning on the European level and lobby to remove structural obstacles to pupil, volunteer and 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.
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    Communicate 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.
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    Projects & Programmes

    Offer 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
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    Support 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.
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    Enlarge 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.

EFIL annual theme 2021

In 2021 EFIL will focus on the topic of ‘Active under uncertainty – Empowering organisations for Global Citizenship Education in a post-Covid19 Europe’. Throughout the year numerous activities will take place around Europe focusing on different aspect of the theme.

Recognition of learning outcomes of study periods abroad

Another step towards a European Education Area: EFIL, EIESP and CESIE developed an online information site on the European School Education Gateway providing information on recognition procedures in each EU Member State to support to pupils and their families, education professionals, and policy makers who wish to learn how outcomes of learning periods abroad are recognised in sending and receiving countries. Discover the new informative website on pupils’ mobility!
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Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange

Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange ‘Values Education in Student Exchangewill take place 27-30 October 2019 in Colle di Val d’Elsa, Italy.

The 10th edition of the Forum will gather about 70 experts and practitioners on the topic of intercultural training of teachers. The purpose of Forum X goes beyond just stating “noble” values yet again as they have already been phrased by the UN, UNESCO, CoE, Delors, AFS and many others. It focuses on how these values can be translated into learning activities for students involved in an exchange so that they may become part of their lives, as well as their families’ and schools’.

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