About Us

The International Au Pair Association

We are the leading global trade association representing organisations active in all aspects of au pair and cultural exchange programmes. We are dedicated to supporting au pair and cultural exchange opportunities for young people, protecting the rights of all au pairs and host families and establishing internationally approved guidelines for au pair exchange programmes.

IAPA is a global not-for-profit organisation with almost 25 years of history. We currently have more than 170 member organisations in over 45 countries worldwide. We ensure that our member organisations meet strict business and ethical standards, agreeing to abide by the IAPA code of conduct, signifying competence, fair dealing and high integrity.

History

IAPA was founded in 1994 by leading au pair organisations at the WYSTC (World Youth and Student Travel Conference) in Vancouver, Canada.

Since then the association has grown constantly to almost 180 members who benefit from IAPA´s services, networking opportunities, quality standards, lobby activities and overall support.

We were very proud to be able to celebrate our 25th anniversary during our last conference WETM-IAC in Luxembourg March 16-18 , 2019.

We are a founding member of the World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation www.wysetc.org

Objectives

The Aims and Objectives of the Association Are:

We are a dedicated voice for the au pair and cultural exchange community with a mission to support and represent our members, giving au pair programmes a presence on the international stage.

We foster mutual understanding and cooperation between member organisations helping them to provide high quality au pair experiences.

We develop and strengthen cultural ties between nations by promoting au pair programmes among young people and host families, creating opportunities for them to take part in a transformative cultural exchange experience.

We act as an intermediary between agencies and governments, lobbying for the expansion of programs worldwide and their fair treatment as a valuable cultural exchange experience.

We advocate for safe and supportive placements for au pairs and host families by ensuring our members adhere to our specific guidelines/ rules and regulations.

Your can download our current constitution

Constitution

Organisation

The General Assembly

We hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) as required by our constitution. During the AGM members may
- Vote for their Executive Board
- Stand for Board positions themselves
- Decide on projects and activities (executed together with the Managing Director)
- Vote on membership applications and disaffiliations

The AGM is an opportunity for our members to directly influence the policies, goals and work of IAPA.
The last AGM took place in Luxembourg on March 17, 2019 during our annual conference WETM-IAC.
We will hold our next AGM on March 29, 2020 in Malta.

Who We Are

Our Executive Board is formed and elected by our members. To be elected for a position on the IAPA Executive Board you must be a Full Member of IAPA (voting or non-voting). Executive Board Members are elected for a period of three years.

Once that period has ended any Board Member is eligible for re-election.

Find out more about the IAPA Board members´ duties and responsibilities

and the different roles within the Board.

Our current IAPA Executive Board consists of the following members:
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Chair
2019-2022
Delphine Vaills
Europair Services
France

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Treasurer
2018-2021
Goran Rannefors
Cultural Care Au Pair
United States

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Member
2018-2021
Linda James
Au Pair in America
United Kingdom

Michael Xie, Board Member 2019-2022

Member
2019-2022
Michael Xie
LoPair Au Pair China
China

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Managing Director
Patricia Brunner
For any Questions
mail to:
patricia.brunner@iapa.org