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History

1 January 2016

At the 2015 Annual General Meeting in Cape Town, the WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad membership agreed to the integration of the Association into the larger World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation. This in order to allow for more synergy across the different segments within the youth and educational travel industry and to consolidate strategic objectives into a unified voice of the youth travel industry.

The WYSE Cultural Exchange panel will build upon the legacy of WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad and will cover the work experience (work and travel & internship), volunteer and au pair segments.

2013

WYSE Work Abroad and WYSE Volunteer & Travel integrate into WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad in December 2013. This step was taken to acknowledge the growing relevance of the volunteer segment.

2010

The sub-group WYSE Volunteer & Travel, a group of dedicated sending and receiving organisations, was created to work towards increasing awareness of volunteer programmes, offering education on practices to organise successful and safe programmes and providing members with opportunities to connect to new partners.

2006

WYSE Work Abroad was formed in 2006 through the merger of the Global Work Experience Association (GWEA) and the International Association for Educational Work Exchange Programmes (IAEWEP).

The mission of WYSE Work Abroad is to facilitate and increase international youth travel and exchange through the promotion of culturally-oriented work exchange/experience activities aimed at providing young people with greater knowledge and understanding of other cultures.

2002

The Global Work Experience Association (GWEA) was founded in 2002 as an initiative of the Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations (FIYTO). The primary aim is to promote work experience programmes for young people throughout the world in order to strengthen cultural and economic ties among nations.

1990

The International Association of Educational and Work Exchange Programmes (IAEWEP) was founded in 1990. The goal was to provide opportunities for students and young people to work abroad. IAEWEP believed in the right for anyone to have this opportunity as part of their personal development.