YFU International Educational Services, Inc., is a non-profit corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware, United States of America and the global umbrella organisation of Youth For Understanding (YFU). The Organization is governed through the General Assembly, which consists of all of the members of the Organization, the International Board and the Global Office.
The Global Office is the global structure that works to enable the YFU membership worldwide to achieve its mission by providing leadership, critical services and opportunities to grow and thrive as sustainable and quality organizations. 

Our Purpose & Mission

The purpose of YFU IES, as stated in its bylaws, is to advance intercultural understanding, life-long learning, global competencies, mutual respect and social responsibility through transformational educational exchanges for generations of youth, families and communities, supported by dedicated volunteers and professional staff.

For this purpose, the Global Office safeguards quality & performance within the global organization and its members, provides leadership, executes the global strategy and delivers quality services for the global organization and membership at global level.

Specifically, the Global Office provides the global YFU membership with overall coordination, governance, leadership and operational core services and contributes to more efficient and streamlined output and synergies. It also has an outward-facing focus in order to influence external factors and benefit from external advocacy, fundraising and training opportunities.

The goal is to serve the entire membership with its expertise and skills, and scale current activities like training and capacity building (e.g. LOOP manual/Let’s grow together), advocacy, public affairs, partnerships and additional educational activities (e.g. Coloured glasses) to a global level, benefiting the entire membership.

Finally, it interacts, collaborates and positions YFU with external partners, such as United Nations organizations, Civil Society organizations, donors and funders, governments, universities, institutions and other global partners (e.g. businesses etc.)

Our Global Strategy 2018-2022

As the mission of YFU remains relevant and even becomes increasingly important in nowadays societies, YFU IES seeks to actively contribute to fulfilling this mission and to support its members in making an impact in the world. The Global Strategy focusses on four strategic pillars, to be addressed with our global membership.  

During the period from 2018 to 2022, YFU IES will focus on:

Living Exchange

Build and grow our core programs, with our identity as mission-driven educational non-profit organization, based on shared values and striving for maximum impact on individuals and communities.

Living Community

Connect our tens of thousands of individuals – students and host families directly, and schools, teachers and other stakeholders indirectly - to something bigger: our global community via programs, activities and trainings targeting volunteers and program alumni to leverage our worldwide base for more impact.

Living Education

Respond to evolving needs of societies and individuals, and through educational activities, capacity building, advocacy and
partnerships, influence policy relevant for the mission of YFU and implement relevant and innovative responses to the challenges of an evolving society.

One Living Organization

Transform the way we work - Having evolved into a global network of independent organizations operating under the global YFU brand, we will maximize our impact by working together as one global organization committed to our common global strategy and goals and we will build a stronger mindset and culture of partnership, transparency and trust.