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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.




Provide a varied networking environment by expanding and diversifying the WYSE member base, creating benchmark industry events and supporting customised trading connections.


Provide members with the necessary data to guide strategic decisions and arm the sector with advocacy tools by driving focused research.


Produce learning opportunities and foster best practice through delivering sector-relevant educational content at our events, webinars and peer-to-peer discussion platforms.



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.

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Sector Panel members

The Sector Panel is here to support WYSE Travel Confederation members. If you have any questions regarding the Cultural Exchange Sector Panel, please get in touch here.

Rumyana Sotirova

USIT Colours Bulgaria

Cultural Exchange

Patricia Brunner

Managing Director

IAPA The International
Au Pair Association

Natalia de Isidoro Martin

Regional Director
Alliance Abroad Spain – Yowork

Casey Slamin

Vice President of Programs