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The cultural exchange industry plays an integral role within the global youth travel industry and WYSE Travel Confederation is committed to the development, success and sustainability of its members, key stakholders and the industry as a whole.

The core objective of WYSE Travel Confederation’s work within the cultural exchange industry is:

“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 Travel Confederation is to promote this mission on a not-for-profit basis.

For the sake of clarity, WYSE Travel Confederation is a trade association and not a consumer-facing brand.

Why is work and volunteer abroad important?

We join our members in believing that work abroad and volunteer experiences are essential in the cultural awareness and international education of students.

A quality exchange programme can provide young people greater knowledge, acceptance, and respect for other cultures, which is vital for the development of our future generations.

What do our members stand for?

WYSE Travel Confederation 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 Travel Confederation 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 Travel Confederation supports the cultural exchange industry by:

  • Providing a Code Of Conduct among members, and for the treatment and protection of participants in work and volunteer abroad programmes
  • Assisting in the development of work abroad and volunteer programmes and encouraging governments and official bodies to facilitate these
  • Encouraging governments to treat work abroad and volunteer programmes as cultural exchange
  • Increasing public awareness of the value of culturally oriented work abroad and volunteer programmes
  • Networking: hosting conferences and seminars, and promoting the exchange of literature and information for members
  • Facilitating the Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTA) by supporting two awards: Best Work Experience Award (previously called “Expand Your Horizons” Video Contest) and the Outstanding Volunteer Project Award