Policy work

IAPA serves to give a voice to our members and, where necessary, lobby politicians to support our members.

Representing our members

We put across the views of the youth, student and educational travel industry to intergovernmental organisations such as UNWTO, UNESCO, UNAOC and the EU.

A facilitator for the industry

We can bring local and national stakeholders to the table to discuss specific issues relating to the sector. A good example of this is our Annual High Level Policy Forum for Official Tourism Organisations at WYSTC.

Support for individual members

On a more local scale, we can provide members with letters of support when they need it to lobby local authorities. Such applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.


We can endorse members as trusted members of IAPA. Candidates for membership have to prove that they are in a solid financial situation and that they agree to abide by our code of conduct.

If members break the Code of Conduct or fail to pay their fees, they may be disaffiliated. This ensures that we can endorse our members with confidence.

National Associations

IAPA actively encourages the formation of national au pair associations.

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IAPA plays an active role in the European Committee for Au Pair Standards (ECAPS), which was established in April 2006 with the objective of defining au pair standards within Europe. ECAPS aims to establish one set of rules and guidelines for au pairs, host families, pair agencies, and national au pair associations.