The VSS 2019 is organised by EFIL and a handful of volunteers without all of whom this event would not materialise. Through 7 months of intense preparation, the VSS takes its shape in form of exciting workshops, fun leisure activities, and a group of participants eager to learn, share, and exchange ideas.
Alexander William Blomqvist Eliasen
EFIL, the European Federation for Intercultural Learning, is the umbrella organisation of 29 AFS organisations in Europe. As a global education network, EFIL supports its members in establishing programs that bridge the gap between the training provided by most educational systems and the intercultural skills and global perspectives needed to foster a harmonious world. EFIL promotes intercultural understanding among countries, organisations and citizens, and actively helps its members to operate within the European environment.
AFS Austria is a non-governmental, non-profit, voluntary organization that through educational-youth-exchanges promotes intercultural learning and understanding. AFS is a peace organization and it is the belief of the organization that by increasing knowledge, understanding and awareness of different cultures through non-formal education important steps towards a more tolerant, just and peaceful world are taken. AFS encourages respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion or social status.
The EFIL Volunteer Summer Summit is taking place with the financial support of the European Youth Foundation of the Council Of Europe. Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals. The Council of Europe has a genuine pan-European dimension with 47 member countries out of which 5 are observer countries; the Holy See, the United States, Canada, Japan, and Mexico.
The European Youth Foundation (EYF) is a fund established in 1972 by the Council of Europe to provide financial support for European youth activities. It has an annual budget of approximately 3.7 million Euros. Since 1972, more than 300 000 young people, aged between 15 and 30 and mostly from member states, have benefited directly from EYF-supported activities.
The Volunteer Summer Summit is the yearly flagship event of the European Federation for Intercultural Learning. It brings 200+ volunteers together from all over Europe to engage them in intercultural learning activities to strengthen their volunteering engagement and facilitation skills.
EFIL is an umbrella organisation of the exchange organisation American Field Service and counts 29 member associations in Europe. EFIL promotes intercultural understanding among countries, organisations and citizens, and actively helps its members to operate within the European environment.
The address of EFIL is Roger Vandendriesschelaan 18, B, 1150 Brussels, Belgium. The preparatory team is spread across the continent.