This year’s topic is ‘Global Citizenship Education HUB’. 

The complexity and possibilities of our world increase, so do the challenges we are facing. As we can not shield ourselves from events occurring on the other side of the world we can choose to impact our surroundings. This comes with amazing opportunities and responsibilities. 

To produce concrete and visible positive change, AFSers promote intercultural learning opportunities. As AFSers, we are committed to raising awareness on global issues, we want to empower others to take an active role in their community and build competence to contribute to a more just a peaceful world.

We believe participants of the VSS have an important role to play in educating themselves and others on how to be a Global Citizen. At the VSS we have an exceptionally valuable pool of diversity, knowledge and skills at our fingertips and thus have the resources to make great changes and create an impact. 

Global Citizenship Education is an incredibly broad and extensive topic, so we have selected specific thematic tracks to address it and connect it to the work and mission of AFS. We have divided the programme into:

  • Global Citizenship in everyday life: from the global to the local realm (EL)
  • Global Citizenship Education: In- and outside of schools (ED)
  • #AFSEffect: Volunteering in the 21st century (VO)
  • Your journey to Global Citizenship Education (GCE)
  • A toolbox for action (TB)

Each of the five tracks addresses the topic in its own way and each of this year’s workshops is linked to at least one track. Our trainers have created workshops covering many different topics – there will be a variety of options for new and unexpected, but also in-demand and established content. The trainers collaborate closely to ensure that all workshops fit within a coherent framework. This ensures that we can get the most out of each track, meet participants at their level of expertise and gives a broader context to each workshop.

Global Citizenship Education is the annual theme of EFIL for 2020. As more activities on the topic take place during the year, we will provide relevant outcomes. We will zoom in on the different tracks in future updates. 

The Volunteer Summer Summit is the largest AFS training event, targeting a wide group of AFS volunteers of all backgrounds and ages from Europe and beyond. The VSS is organized by AFS volunteers for AFS volunteers to share best practices in AFS volunteer work and to exchange tools, tips and tricks. It also helps create a strong community between international and local volunteers from different countries. 

The programme includes plenary sessions, workshop sessions, reflection groups, a community project, social activities and other elements. In 2020 AFS Czech Republic will host the VSS in Kouty.