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The World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) - the annual event of WYSE Travel Confederation – is the essential global youth travel industry event for organisations that serve today’s young people who travel to study, work and grow.
It provides a singular opportunity for attendees to pursue innovative partnerships, develop creative marketing and distribution channels and access new markets.
If your organisation offers products or services to teenagers or travellers in their teens, 20s and early 30s – or if you want to tap into this lucrative market worth US$183 billion per year – then WYSTC is the one event that you can’t afford to miss.
WYSTC is unique in that it furnishes you with the connections and the knowledge to help shape the future of your business. It is the only event of its kind that brings together people who are passionate about creating better opportunities for the young travellers of today and tomorrow.
Each year buyers and suppliers from around the world gather at WYSTC to network with fellow decision makers, take advantage of new market opportunities, learn from industry experts and discuss critical government policy issues.
WYSTC is the place for the WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad Annual General Meeting (AGM), a time for our members to come together and discuss the future and activities of the association.
During the AGM our Full members also have the opportunity to vote and further shape the association. Find out more about our newly elected board members here
We organise a kick-off reception for those attendees arriving early and want to get together and network. Entrance to the kick-reception is granted upon registering in advance!
Our Volunteer Working Group organise the Local Volunteer Project, where conference participants can participate for half a day in a local volunteer activity, in this way giving back to the community. The Dublin 2014 Local volunteer project took us to Bull Island, where our volunteers spent the morning removing sea-buckthorn from the dunes.
We further participate in WYSTC by organising and providing work and volunteer abroad related seminars and workshops.
For WYSTC 2014 Dublin the following confirmed educational seminars were offered focussed around on work and volunteer abroad topics:
Washington update: Continuing pressure on J-1 programmes
Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange
Wednesday 24 September, 14:00-15:00
Highlighting the benefits of short-term volunteering
Panel session organised by the Volunteer Working Group
Thursday 25 September, 11:00-12:15
J-1 – Department of State update
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange at the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
Friday 26 September, 13:20-15:00
To find out more on other seminars, the speakers and to view the full WYSTC programme, visit the WYSTC website.
Have a look at the sessions we organised at previous WYSTCs >>