efil Volunteer Summer Summit 2017
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EFIL, the European Federation for Intercultural Learning, is the umbrella organisation of 28 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 a Islandi
AFS á Íslandi (AFS Iceland) 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 we take important steps towards a more tolerant, just and peaceful world. AFS encourages respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion or social status.

This year AFS á Íslandi celebrates 60 years of offering student exchanges and being a pioneer in offering intercultural education in Iceland. In this time the organization has grown significantly and now send between 100-120 exchange students annually and host 30-40 foreign students. Our office counts 5 staff members as well as 1 EVS intern and around Iceland there are approximately 180 volunteers working on the AFS mission in 6 local chapters.

Council of Europe

European Youth Foundation
The EFIL Volunteer Summer Summit is taking place with the financial support of the European Youth Foundation of the Council Of Europe.

Origins and mission 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.

Member States: The Council of Europe has a genuine pan-European dimension: 47 member countries, 1 applicant country: Belarus; Belarus' special guest status has been suspended due to its lack of respect for human rights and democratic principles.

Observers: 5 observer countries: the Holy See, the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico.

Aims: (i) to protect human rights, pluralist democracy and the rule of law; (ii) to promote awareness and encourage the development of Europe's cultural identity and diversity (iii) to find common solutions to the challenges facing European society: such as discrimination against minorities, xenophobia, intolerance, bioethics and cloning, terrorism, trafficking in human beings, organised crime and corruption, cybercrime, violence against children; (iv) to consolidate democratic stability in Europe by backing political, legislative and constitutional reform. The current Council of Europe's political mandate was defined by the third Summit of Heads of State and Government, held in Warsaw in May 2005.

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 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. In 2007 the EYF supported some 300 projects involving more than 15 000 young people. (See also http://www.coe.int/web/european-youth-foundation))

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