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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 experiences such as au-pairing, camp counselling, internships, working holiday, traineeships, volunteering, and other culture-focused experiences.
The Cultural Exchange Sector Panel provides support to organisations producing and/or selling such programmes, and facilitates their success and growth.


The Cultural Exchange Panel’s objectives fall within WYSE Travel Confederation’s Four Pillars: Trading, Research, Education and Advocacy.

  • Trading: Provide a varied networking environment by expanding and diversifying the WYSE member base, creating benchmark industry events and supporting customised trading connections.
  • Research: Provide members with the necessary data to guide strategic decisions and arm the sector with advocacy tools by driving focused research.
  • Education: Produce learning opportunities and foster best practice through delivering sector-relevant educational content at our events, webinars and peer-to-peer discussion platforms.
  • Advocacy: Support and protect the sector through research-based PR campaigns. The Panel helps define the sector’s future by involving members in high-level discussions about its development, and subsequently ensuring the sector’s wider outreach by representing it among global players and industry thought leaders.

Research and reports

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


US Exchange Program update 2020

Ilir Zherka
Alliance for International Exchange 

WYSTC 2020 Online

Developing bilateral agreements for youth mobility

Roswitha Diehl-Maclean
Embassy of Canada in Paris
Ambassador Júlio Vilela
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lisbon
JDr. Urs Obrist
Embassy of Switzerland in Canada
Clark Goodman
International Experience Canada

WYSTC 2019 Lisbon

Work & travel and culture exchange opportunities in China for young travellers

Hazel Yao
Wanderlust Exchange

WYSTC 2019 Lisbon

#unknown: defining and marketing work experience travel

Bastian Weinberger
Smaller Earth Group
Ann-Kristin Cohrs
Ashwin Rao
The Green Lion

WETM-IAC 2019 Luxembourg

Trading opportunities

WYSE Travel Confederation offers many opportunities to meet new business partners and reconnect with existing partners at its industry events.

Work Experience Travel Market – International Au pair Conference (WETM – IAC)

Date: 18 – 20 March 2023
Location: Athens

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. WETM-IAC delivers an exceptionally targeted forum for your organisation to establish and strengthen sector-focused partnerships, gain industry intelligence and tap into emerging global markets.


Date:  27 – 30 September 2022
Location: Lisbon, Portgual

The World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) is the leading trade event for the global youth, student and educational travel industry. Since its inception in 1992 as the annual event of WYSE Travel Confederation, youth and student travel professionals have been gathering annually to trade, network and take part in seminars and workshops.


Best Practice for Crisis Management

The Cultural Exchange Working Group was established in August 2020 with the aim of facilitating dialogue and enhancing collaboration between WYSE Members on the topic of international crisis management. The Working Group is committed to delivering best practice recommendations in order that businesses within the sector are in the best possible shape to withstand and effectively respond to a potential future crisis. Ideally this could form the basis for an International Crisis Task Force, broadly agreed with WYSE members and representatives of the Cultural Exchange Sector.

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 Declaration is a tool to highlight the economic, social and cultural importance of youth travel to governments worldwide.

Cultural Exchange Sector Panellists

Carye Duffin

Senior Vice President, International Exchange Programs
Council on International Educational Exchange

Bastian Weinberger

Smaller Earth UK

Patricia Brunner

Managing Director
IAPA The International Au Pair Association

Casey Slamin

Vice President of Programs

Natalia de Isidoro Martin

Vice President of Program
Alliance Abroad Spain – Yowork