The summer holidays are approaching. Our annual Intercultural Dialogue Day in September is just around the corner! Intercultural Dialogue Day is the day when AFS gives particular space to the initiative and creativity of volunteers, to reach wider audiences in promoting intercultural learning and dialogue.

What are your plans for Intercultural Dialogue Day 2016, 29 September?

The theme of IDD this year will be ‘Peace Education’, in line with EFIL’s theme for 2016 ‘Building Peaceful Societies’. In EFIL’s activities of this year we have been addressing several aspects of “building peaceful societies”. See more information on this, as well as inspiration on several other aspects of Peace Education in the recent edition of the “Connect” AFS Magazine!

At EFIL we aim at giving visibility to all the IDD events taking place this year and connecting local volunteer initiatives across borders. So let everyone know what you are doing by using hashtag #InterculturalDialogueDay !

As every year, EFIL launches another online contest for IDD 2016. Volunteers from all over Europe are invited to engage in the BEST IDD PHOTO & VIDEO contest!

It consists of two competitions through the Intercultural Dialogue Day Facebook Page:

  • the best IDD picture
  • the best IDD video

The competition will run from Thursday 29 September until Thursday 13 October.

AFS volunteers will post the photos and videos of their IDD event on the Wall of the FB page, together with the description of the IDD event itself. It is very important that each video and picture participating in the contest is accompanied by a description of the IDD event according to the standard format. People will then vote on the picture or video clicking on ‘Like’. Remember that people can ‘Like’ the photo or video only if they first ‘Like’ the Intercultural Dialogue Day Facebook Page!

Any AFSer will be able to join the IDD contests (in group or individually). In case volunteers participate in the contest in a group/team, they have to appoint a representative who posts the picture or video on the FB page.
Volunteers should inform a staff person from their AFS national organisation about their event, so that offices can track all the IDD events in each country.
There will be 2 winners of the contest – one in each category! The photo and the video that receive the most votes – Likes – will receive a free registration for one volunteer team member at the EFIL Volunteer Summer Summit 2017.


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