The European Citizenship Trimester Programme (ECTP) has been growing continuously ever since the first time these exchanges took place in 2009. In this year’s edition, we count 293 participants from 24 countries. Participants have already arrived in their host countries and are staying there until December. As every year, an end-of-stay camp will take place in December for the programme participants, during which they will be able to discuss their experiences of the past months, as well as the meaning of European and Active Citizenship.

In June, a Preparatory Team for the ECTP Europe Camp 2018 was assembled. Since 2017, the Camp has gained the title of Europe Camp, which better reflects both the locations of the venues and the educational content of the programme. The Prep Team consists of ten individuals – 2 Coordinators from the EFIL secretariat, the EFIL ECTP intern, the EFIL VSS intern and volunteers from AFS Belgium Flanders, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Latvia and Serbia.

The Team met in mid-July to discuss the upcoming work plan, the schedule and the content of activities and workshops, as well as to get to know each other. After the Prep Team meeting, the call for ECTP Europe Camp 2018 volunteer for the Support Team and the Trainers Team was launched within the EFIL member organisations. Ever since, the volunteers have been actively preparing for the event, which is quickly approaching. Get to know the ECTP volunteers here.

We are continuing the open badge system in ECTP 2018. The ECTP 2018 participants will be collecting their Open Badges this year too! After successfully starting this initiative as a part of ECTP 2016, it was decided to continue using the platform to let the exchange students reflect on their experiences and to give them recognition for the learning they have done. It is an interesting and interactive tool to use during learning processes, which is why it’s been encouraged.

That is it for now!