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 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.
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.
EFIL annual theme 2018
In 2018 EFIL will focus on the topic of ‘Intercultural Learning challenges of the 21st Century in the 2018 focus’. Throughout the year numerous activities will take place around Europe focusing on different aspect of the theme.
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
The proposal for the new Erasmus+ is out!On 30 May the European Commission has published its proposal for Erasmus+ 2021-2027, with a budget of 30 billion euros.…
Discover the European Commission proposal on recognition of school periods abroad!On 22nd May 2018, the European Commission released the new package of initiatives as part of the ambitious work towards…
Intercultural Training of Teachers: from theory to practiceLast November, 50 researchers and practitioners convened at the 8th Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange in Colle di Val…
News about our activities
EFIL Board meets in Leuven, BelgiumThe EFIL Board met in Leuven, Belgium, on 23-25 February 2018. It was the Board’s first in-person meeting of 2018.…
EFIL Programme Directors meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, 5-9 March 2018The 2018 meeting for Programme staff of EFIL Member Organisations was hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria, by our Affiliate Member Organisation,…
Volunteer Expert Meeting: How to move from Intercultural learning within AFS to today’s burning issues in societyIn the second week of January, a group of AFSers met in Brussels to kick off the 2018 EFIL theme:…
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.