ICYE Mission Statement

  • To provide challenging intercultural learning experiences for young people.
  • To promote their social and personal development through international volunteer programmes
  • To promote intercultural understanding, equality of opportunity,tolerance and peace among people in the world

ICYE is…

  • A leader in international youth exchange programmes with more than 60 years of experience
  • Long and short – term exchange programmes for 2.000 participants annually
  • An international Federation of National Committees in 45 countries
  • An international voluntary service programme promoting young people’s active and global citizenship
  • An experience based programme to enhance young people’s intercultural understanding and commitment to peace and justice
  • An international network co-ordinated by national offices and dedicated co-workers, who provide volunteers with the necessary orientation, training and support

The International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) is an international non-profit youth exchange organisation promoting youth mobility, intercultural learning and international voluntary service. ICYE organises long and short-term exchanges combining home stays with voluntary service in a variety of community service projects in more than 45 countries around the world.

ICYE’s goals

ICYE is committed to and will work with others who are committed to:

  • Justice for all persons who suffer from social, political, economic and personal injustice;
  • Break through the barriers between cultures and peoples;
  • The principle of equality among cultures, nations and sexes;
  • Providing experiences that will encourage international and intercultural understanding;
  • Helping participants to become aware of the issues and problems in the local and national community in order to better understand world-wide socio-economic-political issues and problems;
  • Encouraging commitment to act on these understandings, both during the exchange experience and beyond.”