Our company history
In the 1980s, CAMPS International announced a US vacation institution in Germany: vacation in the form of a camp.
In the following years, the offerings expanded with great care: new camp locations were added and the language and sports programs of the camps were improved.
In the early 1990s, high school programs engagement started. Today, 13 different countries can be discovered on six continents with CAMPS International.
Since 2010, CAMPS International has been part of the American Institute for Foreign Study Group (AIFS) and the company's headquarters were relocated to Hamburg.
AIFS is one of the oldest and largest organizations for cultural exchange worldwide and a leading provider in the educational travel field. AIFS was founded in the United States in 1964 and has fulfilled young people's dream of going abroad ever since. Over 1.5 million young people from all over the world have participated in AIFS programs. AIFS is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA with offices in 15 countries worldwide, including Australia, England and France.
AIFS was founded by Sir Cyril Taylor. He was the owner and chairman until his death in spring 2018. While building AIFS into one of the world's leading organizations in the field of international education and cultural exchange, he also carefully planned for the company’s future.
After his death in February 2018, AIFS was transferred to the British charity, the Cyril Taylor Charitable Foundation. This foundation was created a few years ago by Cyril Taylor himself to ensure the continued existence of AIFS and Richmond, The American International University in London, as well as to support other charitable projects.
AIFS remains an independent profit-oriented company, but the profits AIFS generates will only benefit charities and our mission to pursue the mission set by Sir Cyril Taylor with great commitment - We bring the World Together.
We at CAMPS International in Hamburg and Berlin, as part of the global AIFS family, are looking forward to continuing Sir Cyril Taylor's vision and continuing to provide educational travel and cultural exchange to young people from the German-speaking world.