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Drawing from over 20 years of joint experience in developing and promoting work abroad and volunteer programmes to students around the world, WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad has grown into the leading global forum and trade association for organisations involved in all aspects of
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad is a sector association member of the World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation, a dynamic, professionally managed not-for-profit organisation representing the global community of youth travel, student travel and international education.