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The Association for International Youth Work - vij - supports young individuals and families. It places aupairs and encourages inter-cultural competence and international understanding. Further it helps to improve language skills and professional qualifications of young people.

The vij consists of a board of directors, an administrative office, 11 regional and 11 local associations. It maintains 13 aupair placement offices in Germany, several information centers in Eastern Europe and a branch office in Paris.

The vij is a Protestant womens organization, an association of welfare and social work, member of the German YWCA (Young Womens Christian Association) and besides has a seat in the German womens council.

The vij is supported by institutions of the Protestant church and its welfare & social work branch at home and abroad. The vij has foreign placement offices, educational institutions, universities and schools at its disposal and associates with embassies, public authorities and institutions.