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EFIL, the European Federation for Intercultural Learning, is the umbrella organisation of 26 AFS organisations in Europe, founded in 1971. AFS Intercultural Programs began as the American Ambulance Field Service (later to be known as the “American Field Service” or “AFS”), which was founded in April 1915 to offer help to the wounded during the First World War. Today, AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organisation that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. AFS’s activities include the long-term secondary host family and school-based exchanges of students and volunteering abroad programmes.

EFIL contributes to Europe’s future by providing intercultural education, European citizenship and the active participation of European citizens in the continent’s life. EFIL provides AFS organisations in Europe with services in 3 areas:





Expanding access to inclusive and high quality intercultural mobility
Increasing inclusivity, diversification and quality of intercultural learning opportunities
Fostering active citizenship through volunteerism and intercultural learning experiences


Peace through Exchange and Active Citizenship Education (PEACE)
Volunteer Summer Summit (VSS)
Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange (FILE)

Empowering Teachers for Automatic Recognition (ETAR)
From local to European: a Trainers Network for Active Global Citizenship (TAC)

Elisa Briga

Secretary General

EFIL is the umbrella organisation of 26 organisations running AFS Intercultural Programs in Europe. Through its activities, EFIL promotes opportunities in the field of intercultural learning and active citizenship and facilitates pupil mobility in Europe.
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