FAQ 2018

(* Frequently Asked Questions)


  • What is the ECTP?

The European Citizenship Trimester Programme (ECTP) is a special one! You are on an AFS trimester exchange focusing on European Citizenship. This means your 3 months will let you experience a new European country, its culture, life, school, habits and make you think about the differences between there and your home. For some of you who are hosted in a neighbouring country or somewhere very close to your place of origin, the differences might not be too obvious, but the ECTP will reveal a whole new world! We hope this experience will make you see many opportunities around Europe and motivate you to be active at least in some!


  • What are we going to do at the camp?

The Europe Camp will be the concluding element of your trimester exchange. 4 days full of interesting topics, workshops, visits to Brussels related to European institutions & YOUR stories.


  • When do I get more information about travel etc.?

Your hosting AFS organisations will give you all the information before you depart to Brussels. You are expected to arrive on the Sunday 2 December, so you’ll be contacted in time beforehand by the local AFS volunteers and contact persons with travel details.


  • Where is the Camp exactly?

The Camp will take place in the Educational centre “Destelheide” in Dworp and “Malle” in the province of Antwerp. The venues are located outside of Brussels so that you can spend some quality time together with your peers in a green and peaceful atmosphere! For more info, check out the venue section on this website.


  • Any possibility for sightseeing or going out in Brussels?

You’ll be able to see some of the Brussels highlights and explore the city in a group on Tuesday afternoon, 5th December! Bring a camera and a good photographic eye for a great time, and a scarf! No party is foreseen but we will have it at the Camp venue on the last night!


  • How is the weather like in Belgium?

Belgium has it all and it is unpredictable! Therefore, be ready for all types of weather (yes, even within the 4 days you’ll experience meteorological conditions from all types) and bring a small umbrella and a rain jacket to make sure sudden changes won’t spoil our day out in the city. The temperature can range from 10 to -5 degrees.


  • How is the food going to be like during Europe Camp?

As we are in Belgium, we want to give all of you the full experience. There will be fresh food for everyone’s needs. There will be a survey about dietary restrictions coming soon. Please also remember that it is not allowed to bring your own food or drinks!


  • What should I bring in any case?

It’s essential to be prepared and never forget your own towel if you are assigned to the venue Destelheide! The venue does not provide it. Like we said in the previous question it is not allowed to bring your own food or drinks to the camp venue.


  • Will I keep my big luggage with me at the Camp?

Yes, but please pack what you need for the Camp in a small backpack so you don’t need to open your huge luggage in the bedrooms and then pack again! This is much more practical for everyone!


  • If you couldn’t find an answer to your question…

Don’t worry, just email us (ectp@afs.org) and we’ll publish your question here.