Whether your origins in AFS were as a programme participant, a host-family or simply as a world citizen, if you’re an active volunteer in AFS in Europe, this event is for you!
The initial idea of having a Summer Summit assumes bringing together around 250 AFS volunteers in order to share best practices in AFS volunteer work, to exchange tools, tips and tricks, and to create a spirit of international unity.
The general objectives of the Summit concept have been defined as:

  • to provide an opportunity for all volunteers to participate in an international event, at low cost, and to encourage them to reach out across their national borders;
  • to increase motivation and feeling of belonging to an international community of a large number of volunteers;
  • to focus on one leading theme to facilitate the sharing between volunteers from different countries;
  • to explore methods and themes new to the AFS network;
  • to create a new tradition of an annual volunteer meeting in an informal setting.

A large scale meeting, targeting a wide group of AFS volunteers of all backgrounds and ages, is an important need recognised and addressed by EFIL. Next to the usual smaller European training activities for specific volunteer groups, in 2008 EFIL introduced a yearly Summer Summit for all interested AFS volunteers, both from within and outside Europe. A meeting of this shape contributes not only to enriching their skills but also to creating a stronger spirit of international community between national and local volunteers from different countries.

VSS 2019: 14-19th July, Bad Gleichenberg, Austria

This year we want, under the theme #AFSEffect: Volunteering for Impact, to critically reflect on the work AFS volunteers are doing, as well as to empower them with tools, best-practices, and innovative approaches in order to maximise their social impact online as well as offline.

VSS 2019 Website

VSS on Social Media

VSS 2018: Utøya, Norway

The EFIL Volunteer Summer Summit took place on 10 – 15 July 2018 in Utøya, Norway and it was like in all the 10 years before a great success. The beautiful landscape of Norway, the great participants and teams, and the unique island of Utøya made this Summer Summit a very special one.

VSS 2017: Hellishólar, Iceland

The theme of the Volunteer Summer Summit 2017 was “Equal Opportunities.” The beautiful landscape of Iceland and the great participants and teams made this Summer Summit a very special one.

VSS 2017 website

VSS 2016: Venice, Italy

“Education for Peace – The Challenge of Living Together”

VSS 2016 website

VSS 2015: Blossin, Germany

The topic of this year’s Summer Summit was Democratic Citizenship, focusing on how democratic structures function in different cultures, countries and organisations. The VSS offered space for discussions, critical thinking, best practice sharing, intercultural learning, networking and lots of fun.

VSS 2015 website

VSS 2014: Sutjeska, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Theme: Interfaith Dialogue and Diversity Educations.

VSS 2014 website