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.


Training for Trainers “Active Citizenship”
York, United Kingdom,  17-26 October 2015

The 2015 edition of the Training gathered 23 participants and 5 trainers from 20 countries, to focus on citizenship education, fostering the link between intercultural learning and active responsible involvement in communities. The trained participants are now expected to become the key trainers in their countries, sharing the expertise with other volunteers. The programme included therefore both discussions and input on Active Citizenship content, as well as sessions focused on basic trainer competences. Participants got to deliver practice sessions on the spot to contribute to the development of exchange organisations in the UK and Ireland. This way not only could they try out their trainer skills but also other AFS volunteers could benefit from the delivered content.

The project was supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe, within EFIL’s yearly Work Plan on Citizenship Education.


















Training for Trainers “Diversity and Inclusion in Action”
Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 16-25 July 2014

For the 5th time already, the yearly EFIL Training for Trainers was attached to the Volunteer Summer Summit (VSS). The participants acquired new competences in the first half of the event and then, towards the end of the week, prepared and ran “practice training sessions” for the VSS participants. This way not only can they try out their trainer skills but also a large number of other AFS volunteers benefits from the delivered content.
This edition brought together 24 participants to focus on diversity and inclusion in training and in AFS in general. The programme included both discussions and input on diversity topics, as well as sessions focused on basic trainer competences.



Training for Trainers in support of Partner Development
Bankya, Bulgaria, October 2013

The annual Training for Trainers involved 24 experienced volunteers who not only enhanced their own skills, but who also trained a group of new local volunteers from Bulgaria and Romania. Next to general trainer competences, the programme addressed issues of intercultural and citizenship education in volunteer training context. These topics were also present in the tailor-designed weekend practice training delivered to the Bulgarians and Romanians, preparing to set up new AFS organisations in these countries. The event was implemented in partnership with a Bulgarian NGO -the Balkan Kids Foundation.



Learning from the clash of cultures - Training for Trainers on conflict management
Riga, Latvia, 11-19 July 2012

The yearly EFIL Training for Trainers was for the 4th time in synergy with the Volunteer Summer Summit (VSS). The event aimed to enhance the participants understanding of the conflicts arising due to intercultural differences, learn different strategies which can be applied to resolve them, reflect on passing the conflict resolution competence to other young people and finally design and implement practice training sessions for the benefit of other youth workers.The event format enables participants to acquire new competences in the first half of the event, to then let them prepare and run “practice training sessions” for the VSS participants. This way not only can they try out their trainer skills but also a large number of other AFS volunteers can benefit from the delivered content. The 2012 edition of the Training gathered participants and trainers to focus on intercultural conflict management in AFS. The trained participants are expected to become the key trainers in their countries, sharing the conflict resolution expertise with volunteers engaged in programme support.
Supported by: Youth in Action Programme (European Commission)



Training for Trainers "Needs-based training design for partner development"
Krakow, Poland, 11-19 September 2011

The focus of this training was on addressing real learning needs of participants in every training situation and designing activities on that basis. An ideal “practice situation” for this task was provided through the unique hosting environment by a developing exchange organisation in Piekary/Krakow, Poland. The participants faced a challenge of designing and implementing a weekend training for 14 new Polish volunteers – tailored to their exact needs. They managed not only to coordinate the work of 18 trainers from different organisational and cultural backgrounds, but to give a crucial contribution to the creation of a new motivated generation of Polish volunteers.


Training for Trainers "Facilitating intergenerational learning"
Zanka, Hungary 31 July – 7 August 2010


This volunteer training aimed at developing trainer competences with a special focus on intergenerational learning.
Supported by:Youth in Action Programme (European Commission)

Applying Innovative Methods for Better Training
Istanbul, Turkey 26 July – 2 August 2009

This training course focused on improving the quality of non-formal training by exploring new creative methods, to better address the needs of young people.
Supported by: Youth in Action Programme (European Commission)

Training for Trainers “Let’s get Glocal – Bringing Global Education to our networks”
Mollina, Spain 14- 21 September 2008

Trainers from different countries assembled in Spain with the aim to broaden understanding of the role of trainings in Global education, as well as to enable participants to prepare, run and evaluate non-formal global education training activities.

Training for Trainers “Intercultural Competences – the key to Intercultural Dialogue”
Vigy, France, 26 July – 2 August 2008

Overlapping with the Volunteer Summer Summit a training for experienced volunteers and staff members was set up exploring the topic: Intercultural Competences – the key to Intercultural Dialogue.
The long-term aim of the training course was to improve quality of AFS exchange programmes, leading to better development of young people’s intercultural competences.
Supported by: Youth in Action Programme (European Commission)

Multiplying knowledge through training
Istanbul, Turkey 09-16 April 2006

This training course for national volunteer trainers focused on the multiplication effect that training have. Particular attention was given to European youth work related topics.

European Pool of Trainers Training Course
Belgium, March 24-30 2004

This training for EFIL Pool of Trainers members and for national volunteers gave the basis and fundamentals to the participants to approach training at European level.

Training for Trainers
Matrei, Austria, March 24-30 2003

The concept of this training course was to turn young motivated and dynamic “workshop leaders” into “trainers”, empowering them and providing them with adequate skills to then act as trainers at local, regional or national level.

Training pedagogy and methods in a non-formal educational setting
France, 24-28 April 2002

This training addressed EFIL’s benchmarks on sharing knowledge and experiences between member organisations and stimulating self-sustainability of national and local structures through a wide training offer to everyone involved with AFS programmes. In this light, EFIL organised a high level training on the topic of training and education within volunteer organisations. The aim of this training would be to provide staff members and experienced volunteers with the necessary theoretical knowledge and skills to translate their own personal expertise and experiences into effective training for their colleagues.

High-Level Training Course on Intercultural Learning Part II
Tunisia, April 26-30 2000

This training session concentrated on tools and methodologies in facilitating the intercultural learning experience of programme participants. It was intended for staff and volunteers of all ages who were responsible for the training of trainers or who specialised in the preparation and orientation of young participants, sending and hosting families. The training focused on tools and methodologies allowing participants in our programmes to better understand their “cultural identity”. “High-Level Training Course on Intercultural Learning” Alden-Biesen, 10-14 November 1999This training module combined the need for an in-depth theoretical training (part I) with a clear interface to practice (part II to take place in April 2000). The theoretical part presented a thorough background on intercultural aspects and focused on experiencing “culture” as a dynamic concept.

High-Level Training Course on Intercultural Learning
Alden-Biesen, 10-14 November 1999

This training module combined the need for an in-depth theoretical training (part I) with a clear interface to practice (part II to taking place in April 2000). The theoretical part presented a thorough background on intercultural aspects and focused on experiencing “culture” as a dynamic concept.