The International Au Pair Association (IAPA) is the leading global trade association for organisations active in all aspects of au pair and cultural exchange programmes. IAPA has more than 170 member organisations active in 45 countries worldwide.
Member organisations must meet firm business and ethical standards, and agree to abide by IAPA’s Code of Conduct which signifies competence, fair dealing and high integrity.
IAPA is a global not-for-profit organisation and a founding member of the World Youth Student & Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation.
IAPA was founded by leading au pair organisations in 1994 at the WYSTC (World Youth and Student Travel Conference) in Vancouver, Canada. IAPA’s main aim is to protect the rights of all au pairs and host families and at the same time establish internationally approved guidelines for au pair exchange programmes.
New agencies arise as the demand for au pairs continues to increase. With growth in the industry comes the need for regulation at the international level. IAPA aims to meet this need by developing a system of self-regulation and by introducing professional standards.
IAPA supports au pair and cultural exchange opportunities for young people by: