IAPA was founded by leading au pair organisations in 1994 at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) in Vancouver, Canada and has more than 170 member organisations in 45 countries worldwide.

IAPA is a sector association and founding member of the World Youth Student & Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation. Representing the global community of youth travel, student travel and international education specialists WYSE Travel Confederation is a dynamic, professionally managed not-for-profit organisation.

The 800+ members of WYSE Travel Confederation in 120 countries provide international travel and educational experiences to 10+ million youth and students each year.