About AIFS

The American Institute for Foreign Study (Australia) Pty Ltd opened its Australian office in 1999 and begun offering young Australians its Camp America and Au Pair in America programs. In 2005 commenced offering inbound programs and currently faciltates cultural exchange programs for close to 3,000 young people.

AIFS programs include:

  • Camp America 
  • Au Pair in America
  • Global Projects
  • Work & Travel Australia
  • AIFS Au Pair 
  • AIFS Travel

Our Mission

  • To provide the highest quality educational and cultural exchange programs
  • To enrich the lives of people throughout the world
  • Excellence in programs, operations and people
  • Exceptional caring support for our program participants
  • Honest, equitable and non-discriminatory treatment of program participants, partners, and employees
  • Innovation
  • Teamwork and collaboration both within the organization and with partners
  • Encouragement of employee initiative and professional development
  • Responsible financial stewardship
  • Support of multi-cultural values

Why Choose AIFS?

The opportunity and need for enhanced global understanding is greater now than ever. AIFS cultural exchange programs encourage young people from all over the world to better understand and embrace each other’s qualities, their similarities and their differences. Participants will learn vital language skills, become more culturally aware, will meet new people, explore new places with the opportunity to add an international dimension to their CV.

In fact, our strength lies in providing AIFS program participants with the educational edge they need to succeed in a highly competitive, diverse and interdependent world.

Our Staff

AIFS’ Sydney office serves as the headquarters for AIFS in the Asia-Pacific. Over 100 staff facilitate our programs from our head office and around around Australia. This includes our national network of trained Camp America and Au Pair in America interviewers. 

Our team has worked and travelled abroad and are experienced in cultural exchange. AIFS's current senior management team includes:  

Wendi Aylward - AIFS Australian

Wendi Aylward  - Managing Director 

AIFS Australia is headed by Wendi Aylward. Wendi has worked in management roles with DFAT and CIEE and has been the managing director of AIFS in Australia for the past 10 years. She has lived and worked in Boston, London and Tokyo, and speaks Japanese. Wendi serves on the BYTAP panel (the youth and backpacking panel under the Australian Tourism Export Council  - ATEC), was a founding member of the Australian Internship Industry Association (AIIA) and is the chairwoman of the Cultural Au Pair in Australia Association (CAPAA). 


Tony ChewTony Chew - Finance 
Tony is from Penang, Malaysia but completed his final years of high school and university in Australia. Tony speaks English, several Chinese dialects and Malay and has travelled extensively.He has been a valued part of the AIFS team since 2011.

Sarah Lockhart - Camp America

Sarah Lockhart - Inbound

Sarah had a background in the arts, music and hospitality industries before finding her true vocation in cultural exchange. She is passionate about working with people and providing experiences that can change lives. Sarah grew up hosting international students and her exchange experiences includes high school exchange and working in the US as a camp counsellor. Sarah has worked with AIFS since 2005 and currently manages AIFS' inbound Au Pair program, AIFS Au Pair.

An Industry Leader

AIFS is an active member of the International Au Pair Association (IAPA), a founding member of the Cultural Au Pair Association of Australia (CAPAA) and an member of ATEC - Australian Tourism Export Council, BOA and WYSE. AIFS' Managing Director, Wendi Aylward has served as the President of CAPAA for the last 4 years and is a sitting member on the ATEC youth advisory panel, BYTAP.