The annual meeting of the Training and Intercultural Learning Advisory Body (TICLAB) took place 2-4 March 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

The TICLAB – an advisory group to the EFIL Secretariat helping to plan and evaluate training and intercultural learning activities – consists of experienced representatives of the AFS network chosen always for a 2-year mandate. In 2017-2018 the TICLAB has the following composition: Barbora Fenclova (volunteer, AFS Czech Republic), Viktoria Bedö (volunteer, AFS Hungary), Jonas Andersen (staff, AFS Norway), Ines Eggert/Kai Böttner (staff, AFS Germany) and Elis Motta (staff, AFS International). The EFIL Secretariat is represented in the TICLAB by Izabela Jurczik-Arnold.

TICLAB photo

The topics on the TICLAB agenda include both strategic and operational issues. Hence in every in-person meeting the group evaluates past EFIL’s educational activities and the functioning of the European Pool of Trainers, gives input to the upcoming projects, discusses synergies and co-ordination with AFS Network-wide initiatives and comes up with ideas for new topics to tackle in future training. On a broader level, the TICLAB monitors the implementation of two key documents: the Strategy for Training and the Strategy for Intercultural Learning.

Among the concrete outcomes of the Brussels meeting the highlight is the formulation of the EFIL annual theme for 2019: Social impact in and through volunteering, with several specific activities addressing the topic from different angles.

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