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  1. WSCF GA 2020: Call for Stewards

    Dear friends of WSCF,

    As we are hosting the General Assembly (GA) of WSCF in Berlin, in June 2020, we invite you to apply for the Steward Program. 

    What is the General Assembly? 

    The General Assembly of WSCF happens every 4 years, bringing together delegates of 120 movements, coming from 94 countries. In 2020, the General Assembly will gather under the theme “Rejoice in Hope” (Romans 12:12): Young People Journeying Together Towards Justice and Peace”.

    Guided by the theme, the delegates will reflect on the issues and challenges faced by young people in the areas of climate justice, religious extremism, racism, unemployment, building inclusive communities, and will share stories of hope and actions from all over the world. The GA will also discuss the present situation of the Ecumenical Movement and the future of the Federation. Besides this structural work, we will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the federation. The GA will be held in Berlin, Germany, between 4th and 12th June 2020. For more information about the GA, please visit the WSCF website.

    What is the Steward Program?

    The Steward Program gives an opportunity to young members of Student Christian Movements (SCMs) to be part of the GA, see the work behind the scenes, and gain important knowledge and experience in hosting an international, intercultural ecumenical event. A young, dynamic and diverse group of people will come together from 1st to 13th June, in Berlin, to support the organizing committee in all the duties before, during and after the GA. The group will intensively work to overcome prejudices and to create an unique atmosphere of friendship, beyond the boundaries of denomination or nationality. The tasks of the Stewards can include: assisting with local travel, social media, documentation, administration, translating, taking care of guests and delegates, technology, meeting rooms, accompanying excursions, helping with any practicalities. The work will be intense, diverse and probably exhausting – but also an unique experience and the beginning of an ecumenical, intercultural journey. 


    WSCF will be responsible for all costs, such as travel costs, accommodation and boarding. However, financial contributions from the participants or their sending institutions (churches, SCMs etc.) are very welcome.


    The group of Stewards should be a young and vibrant group, so applicants should be between 18 and 30 years old. As the official languages of WSCF are English, French and Spanish, the ideal Steward speaks multiple languages (also other languages are of interest, especially German for local communication). The Steward program is not just an investment in strong individuals, but also in healthy long-lasting relationships for WSCF, so people involved with WSCF or its member movements are prioritized. For this reason, please also send us an endorsement letter from your sending institution, highlighting your contributions to WSCF, in your movement and church, and what qualities you would be bringing to the Steward Program. We are looking for people who are passionate about intercultural exchange, ecumenism, willingness to work with a team ,and learn constantly from and with each other. 

    Applications are accepted until 20th January 2020. To apply, please fill-in this application form and send the endorsement letter from your institution to . Please, also send us the contact details of someone from your SCM Board, in case we need to ask for further information.


    December 23rd, 2019 10:29 pm | Continue Reading
  2. 1 hour Summer Webinar about being on the Board of WSCF-Europe

    1 hour Summer Webinar about being on the board of WSCF-E

    What: Sharing of experience about being on the ERC from Pavlina, Natia, Christiane (current board members)

    When: during three Saturdays in August 17, 24 and 31 August – 11:00 am-12:00 pm CET 

    How: using a free video platform to connect (zoom or other – details to follow)

    If you are interested, please fill in this fast questionnaire – with your – name, email address, country and your movement affiliation and indicating which Saturday you would like to join. 


    July 22nd, 2019 11:33 pm | Continue Reading
  3. Call for Regional Assembly Delegates

    We invite Student Christian Movement representatives from across Europe to apply as delegates for their movements to our next European Regional Assembly, which will take place in October, in Denmark!

    The Regional Assembly of WSCF-Europe (ERA) is the highest decision-making body of the WSCF-Europe. The ERA gathers bi-annually, and consists of all Student Christian member Movements of WSCF-Europe. The tasks of the ERA are the following:

    1. To discuss and vote on the organisational and thematic direction of the region for the upcoming two years;
    2. To elect a new European Regional Committee (ERC), which consists of representatives of the Federation, which come from associated or affiliated
      member movements. The elected ERC serves as the standing committee until the next ERA;
    3. To review and vote upon possible changes of the By Laws, which govern as the constitution of WSCF-Europe;
    4. To renew as a community and to pray together for a common vision.


    When: 3rd-8th October 2019

    Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

    What: 4 days focused on member movements, planning for 2020-2022, the future of the organisation, meeting YMCA Denmark and much more.

    Am I Eligible? Your movement can send 1 staff member and 1-2 delegates. You can apply if you are a member of an associated or affiliated movement of WSCF-Europe. To check if your movement is associated or affiliated to WSCF-Europe, visit our website here. You should be nominated/endorsed by your organisation’s board/committee to represent your movement at this statutory meeting.

    Deadline: 30th May 2019 (extended)

    Application form: The application form can be found here.

    Contact: In case you have questions about the ERA or your application, please contact Zuzana Babicova, WSCF-Europe Chairperson, at .

    Organising team: Our organising team looks forward to receiving your application and working with you together in October. The team is formed by: Zuzana Babicova (Chairperson), Natia Tsintsadze (Regional Secretary), Luise Klein (Links Coordinator), and Krista Autio (Global Networking Coordinator).

    Practical and Financial information: The accommodation is not in the hotel style in shared rooms. The sleeping arrangement is within YMCA building and a sleeping bag is needed. The participation fee is 15 euros per day (75 euros overall) and the travel costs paid 100% by the delegate or your movement. More info in the application form.

    Organised with financial support from:





    April 8th, 2019 11:20 pm | Continue Reading
  4. Call for applications: Lingua Franca Leadership Training 2019

    Call for Participants

    World Student Christian Federation in Europe, in cooperation with Otto per Mille Chiesa Valdese, is organising the

    Leadership Training Programme Lingua Franca

    14 – 19 May 2019 , Georgia


    What? Leadership Training Programme Lingua Franca Shared Future, Shared Responsibilities: Empowering New Generation of Europeans

    When? 14 – 19 May, 2019

    Where? Georgia


    Have you heard that the all time favourite programme Lingua Franca is happening this year in May? But what is Lingua Franca actually?

    Leadership training: to assist student movement-building in Eastern and Central Europe since early ’90s. This was due to the fact that independent youth work had often faced severe restrictions due to political situations until then in Eastern Europe. Lingua Franca works to empower people to be independent, critical and respectful thinkers, and to be such leaders in their communities. Leadership training is our aim for both volunteers who deliver the programme, as well as those who benefit from the programme.

    Language training: English as the main language of political change is the privilege that is not available to everyone. At Lingua Franca, we strive to make this “privilege” more accessible to young people who really need it. During the training, simple English is used, which makes it easier to create group cohesion.

    Our approach is to create a space where everyone feels comfortable and confident to contribute to discussions with different levels of language skills.

    Ecumenical and inter-cultural encounter: another aim of the Lingua Franca has been to bring together young Christians from all over Central and Eastern Europe to discover their own cultural differences and similarities, to discuss  country-specific issues, as well as to inspire them to get active in their home environments to promote tolerance and inclusion.

    Check out some testimonials or pictures from past Lingua Franca events. 

    Why join the Lingua Franca Leadership Training Programme?

    You are an active young person and would like to be engaged even more? Would you like to improve your professional competence on how to develop, manage and promote advocacy strategies and new ways of participation?

    You can identify and share challenges as well as solutions with other young people from different backgrounds? You want to learn how to transfer the knowledge through developing a training course model that can be adapted and translated into local context?

    If you want to learn how to put skills into practice, reflect on empowerment and encourage networking, best practice sharing approaches in the field of interfaith and intercultural dialogue, then join us in Georgia.

    Application Procedures and Deadlines:

    The training is open to students and young people from the WSCF-Europe member movements (SCMs) in Europe, contact groups and partner organisations.

    Great opportunity for young people aged between 18-30 years old (exceptions are possible when justified) from different European countries to reflect and improve their approach to youth empowerment and youth leadership, with a specific focus on advocacy, campaigning and grassroots interventions. Join us in Georgia.

    You can submit your application through the online application form by March 7th 2019.

    Practical and Financial Information:

    Participation fee: Full participation fee is 170 €, which includes board and lodging for the duration of the training course. For the delegates of the SCMs in Europe wishing to be represented at the meeting but not able to meet the costs, there is a possibility to apply for a reduced participation fee. Please contact us at: .

    Travel costs: Delegates are expected to cover their own travel costs to Georgia, but if you require financial support in order to attend, there is a possibility to apply for a scholarship for your travel costs. Please contact us at before buying travel tickets.

    Visas: Visa costs will be reimbursed by WSCF-Europe. We will issue an invitation letter that should facilitate the delivery of visas to attend the training course.

    The preparatory team is looking forward to seeing you in Georgia.

    Yulia Bajelidze, WSCF Global Advocacy and Solidarity Committee Member  

    Christiane Gebauer, WSCF-Europe Programme Coordinator

    Ramy Farouk, WSCF-Europe Volunteer

    Pavlina Manavska, WSCF-Europe Campaign Coordinator

    Natia Tsintsadze, World Student Christian Federation Executive for Europe


    February 22nd, 2019 1:52 pm | Continue Reading
  5. Call for Team Lingua Franca

    We need you! We are looking for Event Team Members and Coordinator!

    First organised 20 years ago, WSCF-Europe Lingua Franca meetings provide a space for language learning, cultural exchange, ecumenical encounter and ecumenical leadership training. The target group of this programme is students from Eastern and Central Europe. About 15-20 students and young adults will meet for a week in April/May 2019 , in Georgia.

    The training provided will focus on two key-areas:

    • Language Training– English will be the main language, but a simple English will be used and there will be sessions focused on breaking down linguistic barriers.
    • Leadership Training– in order to educate people on how to build movements in Central and Eastern Europe.

    To provide a brilliant training and have an amazing time together, we are currently looking for 2 team members and a team coordinator, that will work together from January until May 2019 on how to make this happen. So if you are an open-minded person, willing to learn from and with others, have experience in conference/event organization and are involved with WSCF or local movements, we are looking forward to getting to know you!

    For the Team Coordinator, we look for someone with: a good understanding of what event organisation and management means; a passion for working with people; and who is resourceful and committed to take full ownership of event experience with others. The Team Coordinator should have experience: coordinating a project team; designing/delivering a training /learning programme; and the ability to prioritise. It is key to have experience working with young people and, ideally, experience with Lingua Franca or any “youth access” program. You will be given support to coordinate and learn on the job, and you will be advised on organisational practices and tools to use to organize events efficiently and effectively.

    Deadline for applications:  16 December 2018

    Please fill-in this application form before 16 December 2018, to give us an idea on who you are, what you could contribute and what you would like to learn from this unique event!

    Hope to meet you soon,

    Your European Regional Committee

    For more information, contact Zuzana Babicova () or Christiane Gebauer ().  


    December 7th, 2018 1:51 pm | Continue Reading
  6. Photo Competition: ‘All for one. One for all’ Campaign


    The Competition:

    The Photo Competition is part of the WSCF-Europe’s campaign “One for all. All for one”, which aims to contribute to a more inclusive and fairer European society by empowering young people across the continent. Our approach is based on promoting equal opportunity, human rights and respect for human dignity, as core principles of every inclusive and diverse society.

    Through this initiative, we are looking for photos that can share stories of diversity and integration. The photos can be of individuals, communities, situations or anything that, in your perspective, best captures the spirit of the theme of the competition. We encourage you to share with the world photos that can tell a thousand words.

    Every participant can submit up to 5 photos, and we are particularly looking for creative ideas, for images that capture and tell a story. Every photograph should be accompanied by a title reflecting the theme and the essence of the photo. It should be also accompanied by a short description detailing the story or idea behind the photo.

    The Campaign:

    The aim of the “One for all. All for one” campaign is to engage young people and provide them with the tools they need to create effective content, aimed at challenging hate speech and violent extremism. To achieve this overall aim, we set the following specific objectives:

    • to upscale and mobilise grassroots youth initiatives on alternative positive narratives;
    • to develop innovative youth-led approaches and methodologies;
    • to combine knowledge exchanges with action-oriented output;
    • to support and develop young people’s voices to tackle these issues, and form a strong network of youth activists who believe in religious, ethical and human resolution of crisis.


    The focus of the competition is Europe, but photos from all over the world are welcomed and accepted. The competition is open to all students and young activists, with a special interest and passion for photography. Both amateur and professional photographers with their own perspectives and stories on diversity and integration are encouraged to submit their work.

    We particularly encourage members of our SCMs in Europe to take part in this competition, as it will be an opportunity to actively engage with our campaign and strengthen our connections.

    How to participate:

    Please send your photo(s) to , before midnight 30th November 2018 (extended). The photo(s) should be high quality image(s) in JPEG, TIFF or PNG format (preferably at least 3 megapixels). You should expect that, if your photo is selected among the best photos, it will be published as a poster or in a large format – therefore, the quality of the photos is important. Each participant can submit up to 5 photos.

    Please send your photos with the following name format: “YourLastName_PhotoTitle” and with a short description. The short description should include the following information:

    • Your short bio (name, age, nationality, profession and/or study, contact information, etc);
    • City and country where the photo was taken and the date when it was taken;
    • The title of the photo;
    • Description on the photo (who or what is in the photograph; what it represents; any information or story you relate the photo to; its link to the theme of the competition);
    • Any comment from the photographer.

    Conditions for participating:

    All photos submitted must be the participants’ own works and must not be edited, but submitted in original form. The person submitting the photo also takes responsibility for not infringing the privacy of any third party – by submitting the photograph, the participant confirms that they have the permission of all persons appearing in the photo to submit the photograph and for it to be published by WSCF-Europe.


    The competition jury is composed of amateur and professional photographers, human rights activists and experts in communication. The jury will select the best photos and will award three prizes. The winners will be awarded different amounts, and a breakdown of the awards can be found below:

    • First Prize – €150
    • Second prize – €100
    • Third prize – €75

    All photos that enter the competition will also be published on the WSCF Europe website and social media on the International Human Rights Day, on 10th December, as WSCF-Europe will take part in this worldwide celebration. They will also be featured in online and print publications of the WSCF-Europe. By submitting the photo(s), the photographer agrees that the photo(s) will be used by the WSCF-Europe.

    After the selection and communication with the winners, the final results will be available online on the WSCF-Europe website and social media.

    We look forward to receiving lots of amazing photos from young people all over the world!

    This project is implemented with financial support from the campaign partner, the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.


    September 9th, 2018 1:17 am | Continue Reading
  7. Call for Participants: “Humanity Reclaimed: Youth Perspectives on Diversity on Inclusion” Conference

    “Humanity Reclaimed: Youth Perspectives on Diversity on Inclusion” conference in Thessaloniki, Greece
    29.11-05.12 2018

    We often hear people claiming that their faith in humanity is lost for a number of reasons. Sometimes this is attributed to external factors (usually technology and political choices), whilst other times it is connected to collective responses around major humanitarian issues, such as immigration waves from war-zones. Among those who claim that humanity is lost, there is often a sense that societies are backtracking from progress and regressing to older patterns of thinking. Our conference will be an attempt to enhance the dialogue on this issue by answering a number of questions: Why do some people think that humanity is lost? And if so, what do they recommend in order to reclaim it? Is the human condition at the moment all gloom and doom, or are there glimpses of hope that we tend to overlook by focusing on the negatives? And how do diversity and inclusion fit into all of this?

    If you would like to be part of this dialogue, join us between 29.11 – 05.12.2018 in Thessaloniki, Greece for the “Humanity Reclaimed: Youth perspectives on diversity and inclusion” Conference.

    Young people from all over Europe will be gathering to sing, eat, pray, learn and talk deeply about diversity, inclusion, and practices stemming from these ideals.

    During the programme, you will have the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops, lectures and small group discussions. These are aimed at creating mutual respect and enhancing understanding of topics such as the subject of how diversity and inclusion lead to a better future for all of us, whilst at the same time recognizing the challenges they pose to societies.

    We particularly encourage you to apply if:

    • you are a part of a WSCF-Europe Student Christian Movement, or
    • you have first-hand experience of working for diversity and inclusion within your organisation/movement/university, or
    • you work/volunteer supporting programs that foster diversity and inclusion in any kind of social setting (for example, but not limited to, educational institutes or workplaces).

    To participate, you can apply here. The deadline is 14th October. The language of the conference is English.

    During a five-day programme of workshops, lectures, and small group discussions we will build a platform upon which to discuss these topics.

    When? 29 November – 5 December 2018

    Where? Thessaloniki, Greece

    Why? Because all too often we hear that humanity is lost, but hopefully our conference will provide a different perspective to counter this viewpoint!

    How to apply? Through this form by  14th October 2018 (extended).

    Participation fee: 170€  (If you have any difficulty funding your attendance, please contact us at:


    The preparatory team is looking forward to seeing you in Greece, in December.

    Natia Tsintsadze, WSCF-E Executive  

    Pavlina Manavska, WSCF-E Campaign Coordinator

    Knut Natskår Svihus, Norway

    Viltė Keturkaitė, Lithuania

    Paschalis Gortsilas, Greece

    Kristine Evje, Norway

    For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12)




    September 1st, 2018 3:34 pm | Continue Reading
  8. Call for project proposals: “All for one. One for all” Campaign

    Following the WSCF-Europe Conference in Palermo, which took place last May and focused on media literacy, WSCF-Europe would like to invite all our affiliated and associated Student Christian Movements (SCMs) to submit wonderful project ideas that capture the theme “All for one. One for all”. The focus of the WSCF-Europe campaign this year is combating negative narratives surrounding diversity and inclusion, and the project proposals should align with WSCF-Europe’s efforts in this area.

    The Campaign:

    The ultimate aim of the campaign is to engage young people and provide them with the tools they need to create effective content, aimed at challenging hate speech and violent extremism. To achieve this overall aim, we set the following specific objectives:

    • to upscale and mobilise grassroots youth initiatives on alternative positive narratives;
    • to develop innovative youth-led approaches and methodologies;
    • to combine knowledge exchanges with action-oriented output;
    • to support and develop young people’s voices to tackle these issues, and form a strong network of youth activists who believe in religious, ethical and human resolution of crisis.

    SCMs and their members have always been at the heart of WSCF-Europe’s work, so in order to achieve all the objectives listed above, we look forward to your engagement and enthusiasm.

    Your ideas and who can apply:

    We want to hear from both SCMs who have participated in out training in Palermo, this May, but also from other SCMs, who did not have a chance to attend the training. For the SCMs who attended the training in Palermo, we strongly encourage you to submit your proposals on the ideas that you have come up with during the training, although these ideas can be changed/adjusted.

    Please note that we can offer support ONLY to SCMs affiliated and associated to the WSCF-Europe region. If you do not meet this criteria, we will not be able to fund your activity.

    What we offer:

    We offer financial support of up to € 2 000 to cover costs associated with your activity. This can include securing a venue, covering any materials used, paying any fees associated with bringing in an external speaker etc.

    We can also offer support in the form of human resources. Members of our WSCF-E team are experienced in the areas of project planning and delivery, events coordination, financial management, communications and others, and are more than happy to support you throughout the stages of planning, delivering and evaluating your activity.

    We also have a wide network of field experts in areas such as: theology, youth work, media literacy etc. We can create links between members of this network and your SCM, securing external speakers that will ensure the success of your event.

    How to apply:

    To apply, please fill in this application form by 15th August 2018 (extended).

    On the form, you will need to describe what the activity that you are planning to organise encompasses, the costs associated with it, and the kind of support that you are seeking from WSCF-Europe.

    Please note that all project ideas need to be implemented by November 2018.


    The WSCF-Europe Campaign Team is really keen to hear your ideas. The team is formed by:

    Pavlina Manavska (Campaigns Coordinator)

    Natia Tsintsadze (Regional Secretary)

    Zuzana Babicova (Chairperson)

    Lina Leonavičiūtė (Global Executive Committee Representative)

    Maria Atănăsoaei (Communications Officer)

    For any questions regarding the campaign and/or the project ideas applications, contact Pavlina Manavska, at .

    The financial support that WSCF Europe offers to SCMs is possible through the funding received from the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe


    July 8th, 2018 1:18 am | Continue Reading
  9. Call for participants: Study Session “How is Peace Possible”

    ‘How is Peace Possible?’ 

    Study session,  22-26 October 2018, France


    What is the event about?

    “How is Peace Possible” conference will bring more than 25 young people from Europe and the Middle East to ask questions as – what is peace for Christianity and other religions? How do our laws/institutions  ensure peace?  We will discuss what is it to have peace on inter personal, community and institutional/country level. We will want to mobilize ourselves,  young people within Europe or worldwide to create awareness, explore concepts of peace, advocate, take action and commit to an everlasting world peace.

    During the study session we will approach the topic from different perspectives. We will speak about case studies and invite you as our participants to contribute your own experience. Finally we hope to find ways to get actively engaged for peace, we will provide you with toolboxes that help you to become ambassadors of peace in your home countries.

    Peace is the ability to respect differences within our diverse global community transcending the sovereignty of nations. Peace on earth begins in the heart of each person. It is first of all our hearts that have to be changed- welcoming a peace that will spread out and be communicated from one person to another.


    Achieve inner peace and thousands around you will be saved.

    (Seraphim of Sarov, a Russian monk, 1759-1833) .


    Peace ensures human dignity and guarantees humanity is preserved for future generations. Sometimes it takes a generation to be great. You can be that generation.”

    Nelson Mandela


    Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace

    Martin Luther King, Jr.



    France, Strasbourg, CoE European Youth Centre.


    Arrival – Sunday 21 October and departure Saturday 27 October

    Who can attend?

    The study session is open to all member movements of WSCF-Europe and also to our partner youth organisations. This event is also open to a small number of members of WSCF from the Middle East region too.  

    Application details:

    Fill in  the application form by 8th September 2018 (extended).

    To check for available spaces, contact freely Christiane at

    Financial contribution:

    • the participation fee is 50 €
    • Travel expenses are covered 100% under strict documentation requirements


    Christiane Gebauer, WSCF-E Program Coordinator

    Zuzana Babicova, WSCF-E Chairperson

    Natia Tsintsadze, WSCF-E Executive

    Stefan Manevski (Educational Advisor, CoE)

    Ramy Farouk (WSCF Middle East representative)

    Elena Andreescu (SCM France)

    Kam Suan Mung (SCM Germany)


    The study session agenda is now available here.

    For any enquiries, contact the Study session Coordinator Christiane Gebauer .

    The project is financially supported by the Council of Europe Youth Department, the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe and the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.




    May 29th, 2018 12:33 am | Continue Reading
  10. Conference reflections: ‘(I)migrant: Perspectives of minority integration in Europe’

    We are pleased to share with you a few reflections and images from our 2017 conference ‘(I)migrant perspectives for minority integration’. The conference took place between 7-13 October, in Prosperous, Ireland. The main aims of the conference were:

    • t0 explore alternative solutions to combat hate speech and promote more inclusive and tolerance practices and policies towards migrants and refugees;
    • to train new leaders and empower youth activism in identifying and overcoming violence and xenophobic tendencies;
    • to exchange and create new tools and good practices offline and online advocacy and campaigning at local and regional context;
    • to influence the mainstream public opinion by new positive narratives and sharing from migrants’ stories;
    • to explore and spread official statistics and research on many socio-economic and cultural factors that migration positively contributes to and brings enormous added value to our societies;
    • to create a network of young activists that will work together more efficiently to improve the flow of information and facilitate common activities and campaigns.

    Enjoy the video and, if you have participated in the conference, send us your thoughts! :)


    March 13th, 2018 12:45 pm | Continue Reading