About AIFS

The American Institute for Foreign Study (Australia) Pty Ltd is part of the 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 more than 2,000 young people.

AIFS programs include:

AIFS  has offices in 10 global locations and has program offerings in 29 countries worldwide. Our network of 700 staff worldwide deliver cultural exchange opportunities to more than 55,000 people every year. 

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.

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), BOA and WYSE. AIFS' Managing Director, Wendi Aylward has served as the President of CAPAA for the last 6 years and is a panel member on the Australian youth industry advisory panel, BYTAP.