Closing seminar in Vienna
Saturday, 18 September 2010 21:54
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Last week AFS Austria hosted the closing seminar of EFIL’s “EurAfrican Partnership for Change” project.

Over the past year twenty-four experienced volunteers from 11 European AFS organisations (AUT, BFL, DEN, ESP, FIN, GER, HUN, ISL, ITA, LAT, POR) and 3 African partners (GHA, RSA, KEN) have been involved in feasibility studies and trainings aimed at AFS volunteers and staff in the three participating African countries Ghana, South Africa and Kenya.

In the week-long closing seminar in Vienna, participants got together to share their experiences. An intensive programme was put together, including a poster gallery as a way to give feedback on the activities that have taken place, workshops including the design of follow-up activities, etc. Guest speaker Sherifa Fayez (AFS Egypt’s Partner Director) facilitated a much appreciated session about the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programme and the growth of AFS Egypt. Issues tackled in the project and the closing seminar included volunteering in an African context; youth programmes in Africa; intercultural learning in an African environment.

The project has put the African partners in the center of the network’s attention, and the much wanted and needed visibility for our African partners will hopefully lead to a renewed/increased trust and interest of the AFS network partners in exchanges with Africa, to a continued momentum of developing AFS in Africa by AFS INT with the much needed support of partners all around our global network, and to the further motivation as well as professional development of the African partners themselves. Next to the international exposure it provided for the African partners, this project has also built bridges between the African partners, it has established strong intra-African contacts and contributed towards the creation of an AFS African identity.

It’s now up to our African partners to keep the momentum going, and to the global AFS network to build on to this project and help develop the African partners to become regional hubs, as a step towards a much more substantial presence of AFS in the continent of Africa. For AFS to be a truly global network, there’s a need for all of us to warmly embrace Africa and make things happen over there!


Kenya Project visit
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 21:43
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EurAfrican Partnership project visits Kenya

The third of three visits to the African partner countries in EFIL's "EurAfrican Partnership for Change" project took place between the 21st of June and the 1st of July, when a team of 10 experienced volunteers from AFS organisations in Denmark, Finland, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya met in Kenya. They took part in a feasibility study, organized training activities for local volunteers in three chapters across Kenya and were home hosted for part of their stay by Kenyan families.

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