In May, all eyes in the European AFS network were on Hungary, with a string of EFIL events taking place in the Continental Hotel Budapest, hosted by our Hungarian AFS member organisation.

The main event in Budapest was EFIL’s biennial General Assembly, gathering more than 70 participants, representing the leadership of our 28 member organisations, the entire European network of AFS. For more about EFIL’s General Assembly, see elsewhere in this edition of EFILife.

Preceding the opening dinner of the General Assembly, at a roof top reception our host organisation AFS Hungary had invited the GA attendees and volunteers of AFS Hungary to celebrate the organisation’s 25th anniversary, with welcome words by Greg Csaba, Chair of the Board of AFS Hungary, and Jörn Lehmann, Chair of the EFIL Board of Directors.

At the same venue, and partly overlapping with the GA sessions, EFIL’s TICLAB and EPOR Core Group were holding their annual in-person meeting. TICLAB is EFIL’s Training and Intercultural Learning Advisory Body, supporting EFIL’s Training Coordinators. EPOR stands for EFIL’s European Pool of Representatives, supporting EFIL’s Advocacy Coordinator. You can read more about these meetings elsewhere in this edition of EFILife.

Last but not least, the EFIL staff stayed on for an additional two “staff days”, enjoying the city of Budapest while reflecting on the General Assembly, and working out the planning for the second half of the year.

It’s been a great week of events in Budapest with AFS Hungary as our perfect host. Budapest will be fondly remembered for a long time.

Budapest - group picture 1

Budapest - reception
Budapest - plenary session (Roberto)