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Cultural Exchange Panel

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The Cultural Exchange sector within WYSE Travel Confederation represents a diverse range of youth travel programmes with the main goal of introducing participants to a new culture through travel experiences. This includes abroad experiences like au-pairing, camp counselling, internship, working holiday, traineeship, volunteering, and other culture-focused experiences.

The sector provides support to organisations producing and/or selling such programmes, and facilitates their success and growth through WYSE Travel Confederation Four Pillars:

  • Trading: We offer a varied networking environment by expanding and diversifying our member base, creating benchmark industry events, and supporting customised trading connections;
  • Research: We provide our members with the data to guide strategic decisions, and we arm the sector with advocacy tools by driving focused research;
  • Education: We produce learning opportunities and foster best practices through delivering sector-relevant educational content at our events, webinars and peer-to-peer discussion platforms;
  • Advocacy: We support and protect the sector through research-based PR campaigns. We help define sector’s future by involving our members in higher-level discussions about its development. We ensure sector’s wider outreach by representing it within the global players and industry thought leaders.

Trading: meet new business partners at our events

ITB Berlin: Join WYSE Travel Confederation at the world’s leading travel trade show

Date: 6 – 10 March, 2019
Location: Hall 4.1, Booth 100 – Messe, Berlin, Germany.

ITB Berlin is the largest gathering of the global tourism industry; attracting over 10,000 exhibitors and 100,000 trade visitors over a 5-day period.  WYSE Travel Confederation has a stand of over 200m2 in Hall 4.1 where we provide our members with the opportunity to co-exhibit with us.

WETM-IAC  Work Experience Travel Market and IAPA Annual Conference

Date: 16 – 18 March, 2019
Location: Luxembourg

The Work Experience Travel Market and IAPA Annual Conference (WETM-IAC) is the joint event of WYSE Travel Confederation and the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) and provides a unique cost effective business-to-business opportunity for senders and receivers serving all aspects of cultural exchange, au pairing, volunteering, internship and work experience.

WYSTC - World Youth & Student Travel Conference

Date: 8-11 October, 2019
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

The World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) is the leading trade event for the global youth, student and educational travel industry, with 48 face to face business appointments, more than 100 buyers and 30 educational sessions.

Research: stay up to date on the latest trends in cultural exchange

WYSE Travel Confederation undertakes a wide variety of research. Below you can find a sample of our accommodation reports which are free of charge to our members. For all our available reports please click here.


Build or Buy: developing or adopting an educational framework to support your cultural exchange programme

Linda Stuart

Sentio Global Education Network

Online Webinar – May 2018

Changes affecting cultural exchange: Where the industry was challenged and what solutions it found

Fazil Mammadov, StudyZONE
Doug Waxman, International TEFL Academy
Michael Roberge, RM Consulting
Joanna Burnet, Visitoz
Annabelle Franco, CareMed

WETM-IAC 2018 Seville

How much good does volunteering do? A framework for evaluating conservation volunteer projects

Kim Roques, All out Africa

Online webinar – February 2018

Washington Update: Challenges and Opportunities Facing International Exchange in the Trump Era

Ilir Zherka, The Alliance for International Exchange

WYSTC 2017 Montreal


San Diego Declaration

The San Diego Declaration provides the basis for WYSE Travel Confederation’s work with international organisations, governments, sector stakeholders and other NGOs in furthering the cause of global youth travel.

The Sector Panellists

Carye Duffin


Vice President, External Relations
Council on International Educational Exchange

James Bell

Alliance Abroad Group

Delphine Vailis

Representative of IAPA

Bastian Weinberger

Smaller Earth UK

Nick Steiert