Thirty years ago we used 50 free tickets from British Airways to fly camp directors to Maria Assumpta Convent in Kensington London to interview and secure international staff. AIFS was just 20 years old! In 2015 we packed thousands into the QEII Conference Center in Westminster. We were the first, and we are still the very, very best!!!
When I had the pleasure of introducing AIFS Chairman and founder Sir Cyril Taylor at our House of Parliament reception, I thanked four core constituencies. Hundreds of camp directors and leadership staff took their personal and professional time to travel and hire with us. Hip-hip-HOORAY! Next is our AIFS Camp America London, Australia, New Zealand and Poland Teams that hosted us so successfully for our 30th annual events and generated over 6,500 bright, talented and energetic applicants. Hip-hip-HOORAY! Kudos to the Connecticut Team for processing registrations and organizing logistics details for hundreds of camp professionals.
Hip-hip-HOORAY for our applicants! Two thousand strong secured placements at the Fairs, and many more will be placed over the coming weeks. Let us be grateful for these young adventuresome international human resources. May their J-1 cultural exchange experiences be a bright beacon of personal enrichment for the rest of their lives, and in the lives of those who will be similarly enriched by their participation and contributions to your camp communities.
Sincere thanks to all who made these Fairs happen and we look forward to our February London Fair with the same level of anticipation.