Whereas members aim to bring together people of different cultures, ages, and backgrounds for distinctive educational opportunities that encourage a more diverse participation;
and whereas members seek to reduce the likelihood of intercultural conflicts;
and whereas members commit to maintain and assure the highest principles and standards in all their activities;
and whereas members seek to respond to a constantly changing world;
The mission of the Federation EIL is to facilitate its member organizations in the lifelong involvement of individuals in intercultural learning experiences. This process helps develop understanding of and respect for people throughout the world.
The members of Federation EIL endorse the following educational assumptions as fundamental to the accomplishment of its mission:
Having an intercultural experience enhances opportunities for learning, self-awareness, and global education.
In a world of increasing interdependence it is essential that as many qualified individuals as possible be given a carefully planned intercultural experience.
The purpose of such an experience is to develop awareness that cultural differences should be sources of personal enrichment rather than causes of conflict.
The most effective intercultural experience is a homestay or other experience in which the individual participant is as fully immersed as possible in the host cultural environment.
As an organization offering a wide variety of intercultural programs, Federation EIL seeks to insure that its participants are carefully selected and well-prepared, and are offered competent support during programs as well as an opportunity to effectively evaluate the experience. To the greatest extent possible, this should also apply to those involved as hosts in the receiving country.
EIL programs should be designed to take advantage of the participants’ differences in age, motivation, cultural background, relevant past experience, and time available for the intercultural experience.
The participant must make every possible effort to adjust to the customs and habits of the host culture.