Cultural Exchange Panel
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.
Embassy of Canada in Paris
Ambassador Júlio Vilela
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lisbon
JDr. Urs Obrist
Embassy of Switzerland in Canada
International Experience Canada
WYSTC 2019 Lisbon
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
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.
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
Senior Vice President, International Exchange Programs
Council on International Educational Exchange