In 2006 EFIL established the Training Advisory Body (TAB) – the working structure providing input to training decisions, as well as developing some tangible results, such as the EFIL Training Strategy. In 2013 the TAB was re-shaped into the TICLAB – Training and Intercultural Learning Advisory Body. This added a clear and necessary focus on Intercultural Learning and resulted in drafting the first EFIL Intercultural Learning Strategy.

The TICLAB has just been refreshed for the 2017-2018 mandate, to consist now of: Viktoria Bedő (AFS Hungary and AFS France), Barbora Fenclová (AFS Czech Republic), Ines Eggert (AFS Germany), Jonas Andersen (AFS Norway), complemented by a representative of AFS International, defined according to the current priorities.

The renewed group met for the first time 11-12 February 2017 in Bled, Slovenia. Next to the four new members listed above, the meeting included Lucas Welter (AFS International), Inga Menke (EFIL) and Izabela Jurczik-Arnold (EFIL).

The topics on the agenda concentrated primarily on: monitoring the implementation of the EFIL Intercultural Learning and Training Strategies, mutual update and cooperation between AFS International and EFIL, evaluation of past and input to upcoming EFIL activities and developing ideas for new training projects and thematic directions.

Among the key outcomes there were recommendations for EFIL to:

  • Leverage existing and develop new e-learning courses,
  • Strengthen the impact of in-person events through more structured preparation (online) and follow-up, in cooperation with national AFS organisations,
  • Further increase visibility and relevance of EFIL’s Year Themes for the reality of national AFS organisations (by addressing the Theme with more AFS players and making stronger links with daily operations and specific volunteer profiles in the organisation).

The meeting and the TICLAB as a group are valuable for the EFIL secretariat and for the EFIL Board. Many ideas from the meeting are now being turned into action and will be seen on the EFIL activity calendar of the next 2 years. Thanks a lot to all the TICLAB members for the great contribution!

For more information and any further details about the meeting results please contact: [email protected]