AFSAI

ASSOCIATION FOR TRAINING, EXCHANGES AND INTERCULTURAL ACTIVITIES

 

Afsai - Association for Intercultural Training, Exchanges and Activities was born almost 50 years ago when a group of people, many of whom youngsters, decided to found an organization that had as a goal the youth and cultural exchange between peoples and nations. During all these years, the main goal has been attained with growing success, always highlighting the distinctive characteristic of Afsai: a non-profit association composed by youngsters, that proposes programmes for and with youngsters.

From 1971, Afsai obtained juridical personality, through the Decree of the President of the Republic n. 922 of 27 May.

The structure of Afsai is based on the volunteering of its own members: the overwhelming majority of these are youngsters that have already participated in one of the programmes proposed by the Association and develop their volunteering activities gathered in Local Committees and/or Commissions, established during the works of the General Assembly. The Local Committees are assisted by a National Coordination Office that tightly collaborates with the Board of Managers of the Association. The supreme decision-making organ of AFSAI is the annual General Assembly that, besides deliberating on programmes, orientations and management scales, also takes the decision or elects the members of the Board of Managers. Instead, a small nucleus of professionals works at the National Coordination Office, dealing with administrative management, following the deliberations of the General Assembly and of the Board of Managers, organizing and coordinating associative programmes, connecting the work of the volunteers in the various Local Committees, keeping international relations and taking care of national contacts with the various partners of AFSAI.

 

OBJECTIVES

To spread the activities of intercultural learning for youngsters through:

  1. the promotion of mutual understanding between cultures by means of exchanges and transnational youth activities;
  2. the promotion of youth social protagonism by means of projects of international youth volunteering;
  3. the support of youth active citizenship by means of local promotion of associative vision and mission.

 

ACTIVITIES

  • International cultural youth exchanges
  • International youth volunteering projects
  • Training of trainers of international youth exchanges and of tutors of projects of international volunteering
  • Network of aggregation and support to participants of the transnational youth activities
  • Network of local organizations of social solidarity

 

PROGRAMMES

EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is  promoted by the European Commission and allows a European  or non European youngster (18–30 years) to become a volunteer in a foreign country within or outside the EU for a specified period, normally between 2–12 months.  Each EVS project has at least three partners, a volunteer, a sending organisation and a host organisation. The project has to take place in a country other than where the volunteer lives, it is non-profit-making and unpaid. The EVS  seeks to develop  solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people all over the world, thus contributing to reinforcing social cohesion in the European Union and   to promote  young people's active citizenship.

EVS is a true ‘learning service’. Beyond benefiting the local communities, by      participating in voluntary activities, young volunteers can develop new skills and,  therefore, improve their personal, educational and professional development.

 

Seminars and Congresses

The reference subjects of the seminars and congresses of Afsai are strictly connected to youth problems, to the themes of intercultural education and to the relations between institutions.

 

Training Courses for Socio-Cultural Animators of International Youth Exchanges

The courses are directed at youngsters belonging to youth associations and organizations either at local and regional levels or at national level. The main goal is to train trainers, who can act as multipliers within the association itself and the organization of belonging.

 

YOUTH EXCHANGES

On the contrary, the projects of cultural exchange organized for groups of youngsters are of shorter temporal nature: such programmes are normally developed in European countries and, in some cases, foresee the reciprocity of the exchange. The approached themes are relative to the interests of the youth group: for example, they might regard the environment, the socio-cultural promotion of the marginalized youth, youth cooperation between different countries and/or other themes of interest of youngsters.

 

SUMMER CAMPS

A valid opportunity to combine two fundamental elements of each individual’s personal growth: solidarity and intercultural experience.

Solidarity because through a field there is the possibility of helping people and/or structures that have the need to grow or walk forward and do not possess great economical resources.

 

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

In the fulfillment of our own programmes, Afsai favours the collaboration with other youth realities that, not possessing direct contacts at an international level, do not always manage to build a constructive confrontation between their local engagements and the supranational dimension that each project potentially has.

Furthermore, the Association collaborates with varied local bodies in the realization of courses, projects, programmes and congresses; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – National Civil Service Office is a privileged partner in the organization of short exchanges done within the protocols of cultural cooperation signed by the Italian State. Afsai also collaborates with the Italian National Agency in the “Youth in Action” programme of the European Union, at the Ministry of Work and Social Politics.

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