The EFIL Strategic Directions 2013-2020 outline long-term objectives that EFIL Members will profit from and that will increase the profile of AFS in Europe. Ultimately, the aim of EFIL’s activities is to support its Members in promoting the concepts ofactive citizenship within the context of intercultural education among their participants, volunteers and staff.

AFS context

As a Federation of European AFS organisations, EFIL’s role is defined by the needs of its Members. It therefore operates in the context of the AFS Strategic Plan that the AFS world wide network defined at its 2000 World Congress in Brussels. The ultimate objective of the EFIL Strategic Directions is to help realise the AFS Strategic Plan, Vision and Mission. It does so by supporting and strengthening the operations, financial situation and reputation of its Members.

The European context

EFIL and its Members work towards similar goals and aim to contribute to Europe’s future by providing intercultural education to residents in Europe. In EFIL’s European landscape, the European Union and the Council of Europe are the main drivers for integration. Both institutions strongly promote European citizenship and the active participation of European citizens in the continent’s life. These institutions are EFIL’s core Partners for European fundraising, policy-setting and sharing.


Contribute to peace and justice in a diverse world threatened by inequity and intolerance, by promoting intercultural understanding and sensitivity among European and other countries, organisations and citizens, hereby endorsing the ends of AFS-IP.


1. Be a competent partner in Europe in the educational field, with substantial expertise and experience in Intercultural Learning, providing appropriate links  with the wider field of Global Education.
2.  Actively help Members to operate within the European environment and to develop their organisations in order to ultimately support and implement the AFS Mission and Strategic Plan.



Engage in overall advocacy of Intercultural Learning on the European level and lobby to remove structural obstacles to youth exchanges, meanwhile confirming and strengthening EFIL’s position as a key player in providing Intercultural Learning opportunities and ensuring EFIL’s involvement in strategic alliances of interest to the AFS core business.


Support Member Organisations in gaining knowledge and developing skills and intercultural competences, by offering training opportunities for their volunteers and staff, so that they will be better equipped to grow with quality, and be empowered to operate within the AFS and European environment.


Offer attractive projects and programmes that foster European identity and intercultural understanding, this way supporting Member Organisations to grow with quality through empowering their volunteer networks, increasing their visibility and/or help them grow their sending/hosting numbers.


Enlarge the Federation by developing new partner representations in European countries where there is no current presence of EFIL/AFS, with focus on the European Union.


Communicate EFIL related issues internally and through external communication channels to stakeholders, in order to inform, engage and inspire internal and external audiences about EFIL’s work and mission. Share and spread knowledge and expertise about Intercultural Learning and mobility in the network.