World Youth and Student Travel Conference - 2014

31 Oct

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The World Youth and Student Travel Conference, WYSTC was held in Dublin, Ireland this past September. This conference has taken place every year since 1992 and is hosted in a new country every year. Over the years AAG has traveled the globe to be a part of this outstanding event, from Sydney to Istanbul to Beijing! This year AAG’s CEO Victoria Lynden, President James Bell, Director of Australia Programs Ash Jurberg and General Manager of Program Services Laurie Moxley joined over 450 other individuals in attendance.

This year’s conference highlights included:

  • Great interest in our growing Australia programs from partners all over the globe
  • A closing keynote from Sir Ranulph Fiennes, a true international explorer and the first to travel from the South to North Pole without using air travel
  • Over 90 business appointments Emersion into Irish culture, from music and dancing to a proper pint of Guinness, at sites ranging from the historic Trinity College to the Lord Mayor’s residence, the “Mansion House.”
  • Gaining industry insights on hot topics including the future of travel and technology


World Youth and Student Travel Conference 2014A word from our President, James Bell This marks my 12th year of attendance at WYSTC. Most important takeaway for me as vice-chair of the WYSE Work and Volunteer Association, our industry body: was to lead governmental engagement efforts to increase opportunities for Americans to work or volunteer abroad in the same way that our country has opened its doors to the many thousands who come each year. Upon our return we have been following up on our plans for 2015; we are excited and energized about the industry we have the privilege to work in and the impact our programs are having on participants worldwide.

Click here for more information on WYSTC.

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