All trainings are organised in a spirit of intercultural learning and mutual understanding and are prepared by multicultural teams comprising expert trainers from EFIL and its Member Organisations. Intrinsic to all training events is the motivation they offer by adding an intercultural touch to the daily volunteer / staff work: the opportunity to share local and national practices, good examples and frustrations with peers is a highly appreciated bonus.

The EFIL Training and Sharing activities are developed in conjunction with the EFIL Member Organisations. A Training & Intercultural Learning Advisory Body supports the conceptualisation and developments of the trainings, coordinated by the EFIL Secretariat. All the EFIL educational activities are imbedded in Intercultural Learning and follow the EFIL Strategy for Intercultural Learning.

EFIL's Understanding of Intercultural Concepts

EFIL promotes a broad understanding of culture, intercultural competence and learning, in line with updated academic discourse and current political processes.
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Exchanging best practices

It is the quality presence of Member Organisations in the implementation of activities and programmes, their contribution of resources, trainers, ideas and practices that is and remains the hallmark of EFIL. AFS has developed a unique know-how in organising and supporting the development of young people and the intercultural learning of all those that participate in our exchange programmes. The inter-dependent nature of our activities makes the sharing of practices and know-how one of the most important investments that our organisations can make to address quality and continuity in all aspects of our work.

Capacity building


Volunteer and Staff Training

Capacity building for European AFS volunteers and staff on intercultural learning topics.

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Training for Trainers

As Intercultural Learning and Global Education are the core of our business, “high-level” trainings addressing these issues and how they translate into the way we run our programmes, are essential.

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European Pool of Trainers

A group of experienced trainers from within EFIL membership, with a 2-year commitment to train in AFS events in Europe.

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Travelling Trainers

This scheme allows EFIL Member Organisations to request the participation of a trainer from the EFIL European Pool of Trainers (EPOT) to take part in national training or volunteer meetings.

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Activites and Theories

DEAR 21: Training tools

DEAR21 (Developing Educational Activities from Research in the 21st Century) is a cooperation bewteen AFS/EFIL, CISV, EEE-YFU and Federation EIL. The aim of the project was to bridge the gap between the new intercultural theories and current practices by developing new intercultural educational activites. The outcome is a manual of activites and theories.

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Tools for Active Citizenship Education

The ACTIVE Project

ACTIVE is a project conducted by EFIL, the European Federation for Intercultural learning, namely the umbrella of AFS organisations in Europe. The project is supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe within a year-long workplan on ‘Citizenship Education: contributing to a more just and peaceful world’ which aims at giving attention to the topic within the AFS network and create a link between intercultural learning and active citizenship at all levels of society.

Go to the project website