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“To facilitate and increase international youth travel and exchange through the promotion of culturally-oriented work and volunteer abroad activities aimed at providing young people greater knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
The term “work abroad” is intended to encompass work experience, work exchange and other types of temporary work opportunities in a third party country, and the term “volunteer” reflects any sort of volunteer and travel experience. Following all these programmes the participant is expected to return to his/her home country.”
The mandate of WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad is to promote this mission on a not-for-profit basis. For the sake of clarity, WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad is a trade association and not a consumer-facing brand.
WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad members know that work abroad and volunteer experiences are essential in the cultural awareness and international education of students. A quality exchange programme can give young people greater knowledge, acceptance, and respect for other cultures, which is vital for the development of our future generations.
WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad aims to further the industry by supporting its members – organisations that help to provide quality work abroad and volunteer programmes – and protecting the welfare of work and volunteer abroad participants around the world.
The activities of WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad demonstrate the importance of these culturally oriented programmes to governments and young people, so that more participants can benefit from exchanges without further restriction.
WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad supports work and volunteer abroad opportunities by: