…of the Programme
EFIL provides a Booklet for participants as an ongoing learning tool to be used in the sending and hosting, both by the participants themselves and by volunteers when preparing activities.
EFIL also provides AFS organizations and volunteers with Manuals to support their participants before, during and after the exchange programme.
Badges allow participants to validate the competences they acquire during the exchange. During a three month exchange participants learn a lot, from everyday differences like greetings, clothing and food, to language learning and integrating into their host family and classroom. Through Open Badges they can collect evidence of what they have learned! Badges are digital images, which participants can collect after completing different tasks (or missions). Read more and check what Badges can be collected and how here.
…of the Europe Camp
During this day, Several parallel workshops are offered, each one on a different topic related to European citizenship, namely ‘Human rights’, ‘Gender equality’, ‘Sustainable development’, ‘Democracy’, etc. In the workshop participants explore how the topic is dealt with in different European countries, based on the experience they have from their home country and host country. Then the trainer presents what the European Union and the Council of Europe have done on the specific topic and they reflect on how these institutions have an impact on the policies of countries in Europe.
All participants travel to Brussels to discover more about the EU. Divided in groups, they visit the institutions, the European Parliament and the European Commission, and learn directly how policies are discussed and decided, how these impact citizens, and how citizens can influence them. Students also get the chance to learn more about the historical process of European construction by visiting the museum of the European Parliament and the House of European History. Participants are in this way prepared to think about how to be active European citizens in the workshops of the following day.
Through the years participants also had the chance to meet and interact with several MEP: Ulrike Lunacek, Brando Benifei, Terry Reintke, Karin Kadenbach.
Active Citizenship Day
On this day the sessions aim at increasing young people’s participation in society and their becoming active citizens, empowering them to make a change in their diverse communities. The method used is Changemaking, developed by Ashoka Youth Venture which has a partnership with AFS International. Participants will be asked to map their home community and identify issues they want to tackle through their skills. This activity is based on and supported by the ACTIVE Manual.
Sharing Exchange Experiences & Preparation for Re-Entry
During the Camp participants will have sessions to reflect on the newly acquired intercultural competences, their understanding of diversity and experiences lived during the exchange, including personal development and shaping of identities. They will also attend a Re-entry session which prepares them to go back to their home country.
During the programme or the Camp some terms might sound unfamiliar so here is our ECTP Vocabulary in 20 languages to help.