12191271_1092480050776117_5806995768499558995_oGuillaume Kerhervé

28 June 2017 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Managing Volunteers for More Impact

The AFS “Managing Volunteers for More Impact” hands-on, interactive workshop helps new and experienced coordinators maximize the potential of your volunteers and improve the volunteer experience. Join international volunteer management expert Lucas Welter from AFS Intercultural Programs to learn how to better manage, motivate and prepare your volunteers to achieve your organization’s mission. The day-long program will train volunteer managers how to do their jobs more effectively, use volunteers more strategically and develop the trainings and tools that will make volunteer activities more successful.

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1 July 2017 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Education and global citizenship: Developing essential competencies for the 21st century

AFS Intercultural Programs is proud to announce the second AFS forum in the Caribbean region on global citizenship education under the main theme, “Education and Global Citizenship: Developing Essential Competences for the 21st Century”. The forum will bring together educators, ministries of education, businesses and civil society organizations to discuss and promote global citizenship education in the region as a basis for the essential 21st century competences. The forum is organized under the patronage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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photo by Facundo Mendez

7 July 2017 in Tunis, Tunisia

AFS in Africa: Global Citizenship Education Forum

The AFS in Africa: Global Citizenship Education Forum will connect educators, intercultural learning practitioners and researchers with schools, universities, governments, policy-makers and others interested in advancing global citizenship education in Africa. The Forum will address the status of and possibilities to advance global citizenship education in Africa, as well as the competencies teachers need to work towards global citizenship education. The Forum will include interactive workshops to teach about experiential learning activities that help create meaningful interactions and enhance intercultural skills.

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Upcoming education events around the world

The following are global and intercultural education events organized by AFS and other organizations around the world. If you know of any events that should be on this list, please contact us at education@afs.org.

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Integrating Global Learning with the University Experience Conference
Center for Engaged Learning
Elon, North Carolina, USA
11-12 June 2017
AFS presenting

The 2017 Global Internship Conference
Universidad Pontificia Católica de Chile, Santiago
Chile, Santiago
13-16 June 2017
AFS attending

International Association for Intercultural Education Conference 2017
International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE)
Angers, France
13-17 June 2017

3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’17)
Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV)
Valencia, Spain
21-23 June 2017

10th Biennial Conference: Applying Research to Improve Intercultural Relations
International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR)
Bergen, Norway
25-29 June 2017

Past education events


Global Citizenship Education: Essential for Employability

The 3rd Annual AFS Asia-Pacific International Global Citizenship Education Forum took place 20-23 April 2017, in New Delhi, India. Participants discussed the relevance of global citizenship education for employability and the 21st-century workforce, calling for increased collaboration between educators and emplyers.

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Developing Global Mindsets for Hong Kong’s Future

AFS Intercultural Exchanges Hong Kong and the Asia Society Hong Kong Center convened a joint panel discussion “Developing Global Mindsets for Hong Kong’s Future”, on 29 March 2017 at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. Panelists tackled issues such as youth development, intercultural learning and appreciation, education for students to cultivate interpersonal perspectives.

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The Unspoken Sacred

The Unspoken Sacred, organized by the Intercutura Foundation in Bari, Italy took place from 31 March to 2 April 2017 and focused on the difficulty of dealing with religious differences in intercultural dialogue and training. Conference participants concluded that having more open and informed discussions will help people understand the roots of our cultural behavious and mindsets.

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Guillaume Kerherve AFS FRA 2017

Living, Learning and Innovating Together

AFS Vivre Sans Frontière (AFS France) convened an international forum about “Living, Learning and Innovating Together” in Paris, France on 4 March 2017. Almost 150 participants interested in creating bridges between diverse organizations and individuals discovered concrete and innovative initiatives responding to the significant need for intercultural dialogue in our society. The Forum included interactive workshops which inspired participants to explore various aspects of intercultural understanding.

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Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange (FILE)

The topic of the seventh annual Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange (FILE) was “The intercultural training of teachers: what, when, how?”. This event is sponsored by the Intercultura Foundation (AFS Italy), the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) and AFS Intercultural Programs, and it took place in Colle Val d’Elsa, Italy. Sixty experts, researchers and practitioners in the field of international youth exchanges and intercultural learning exchanged research and practical ideas on teacher training and tools to provide intercultural learning opportunities for pupils, especially in secondary schools. They concluded that teachers have the ability to transform lives and the responsibility to help students learn to live together.

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IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit

AFS Intercultural Programs and AFS USA facilitated a highly interactive workshop, “Fostering Global Competency and Creating Pathways to Study Abroad”, preceding the 2016 IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit. The workshop was attended by Generation Study Abroad partners, leaders in education, faculty members, teachers and students. The workshop focused on how intercultural learning experiences and study abroad can address and reduce cultural barriers. Participants left this session with easy-to-implement experiential learning activities, resources to develop global competency and strategies to promote study abroad in different settings.

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EFEITO+ Global Citizenship Education Workshop & Forum

AFS Brazil and AFS International jointly hosted a community impact event during the 2016 World Congress. The EFEITO+ Global Citizenship Education Workshop & Forum leveraged the principles of global citizenship education and intercultural learning to help Rio de Janeiro-area students address critical local social challenges and advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their country. This public event connected the AFS global leadership with local youth and schools for a meaningful community intercultural learning opportunity. The event had two parts: an all-day Workshop on Sunday, 23 October and an evening Forum on Wednesday, 26 October.

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AFS convenes world leaders on global citizenship education

AFS celebrated its 100th anniversary by holding two international Symposiums at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France in November 2014. The high level Learning to Live Together—from Ideas to Action: AFS Global Intercultural Education Symposium and the 100 Years Young! Youth Workshop & Symposium addressed the critical challenges, concerns, opportunities and debates surrounding global citizenship education.

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AFS Centennial celebrations

More than 1,200 members of the AFS Global Community, representing 57 countries, convened in Paris to observe the 100th Anniversary of the American Field Service (AFS). The AFS 2014 World Congress kicked off the event. The theme—The AFS Effect: Daring to Create Change—encouraged delegates to identify future opportunities for the organization. As a world leader in intercultural learning, AFS held two symposiums at UNESCO Headquarters to advocate expanding global citizenship education. To celebrate, AFSers of all ages reconnected at the AFS Returnee Day and Centennial Gala.

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