Lions Youth Exchange Program
The Lions International Youth Exchange Program was established in 1961 to give youth an opportunity to travel to exciting international destinations for up to 6 weeks.
Whilst overseas, the youth live with one or more families associated with Lions International to experience first-hand a new culture, lifestyle and customs. Unlike some exchange programs, the Lions Youth Exchange Program does not involve tourism, academic studies or employment.
The aim of the program is to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
The Lions Youth Exchange Program caters for both inbound and outbound youth exchanges:
Incoming International youth from Europe, North America, New Zealand, South America, Scandinavia, UK, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan, arriving in Australia in July-August and December-January. As well as living with one or more Australian families, many visiting exchangees attend an Australian Youth Camp, which provides an opportunity to meet young people from other countries in a fun, camp environment. More information for inbound youth is on our Hosting in Australia page
Outgoing Australian youth travelling overseas for approximately 5-6 weeks to live with families associated with Lions International in various countries. Chaperoned stopovers are available in London and Los Angeles. More information for outbound youth is on our Overseas Destinations page. The application process for Australian youth is explained in the following brochure – YE Application Guidelines – Australian Youth.
For more information on how you can become involved with the Lions Youth Exchange Program, please contact our Club LYEP Project Coordinator.
TCBL - Youth Exchange Participant to North America
In December 2015, Leo and Club Cub Sarah-Jane Sloane, represented Australia as the only participant from Queensland to travel to North America on a Youth Exchange Program.
Sarah spent a majority of her time in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where temperatures plummented to -20ºC on some occassions. As a 16 year old from tropical North Queensland, the cold and snow was somewhat of an experience on its own.
'The Exchange Program gave me an opportunity to see and experience cultures and country landscapes that I would not get to see in Australia. I participated in Lions Club Meetings in Sioux Falls, helped in a Food Kitchen for the homeless, assisted with a children's Christmas activity with a local church, went to school, become a fan of Ice Hockey and learned to Snow Board. I was also able to experience some of the many historical and cultural tours relevant to the history of South Dakota. The lifetime experience helped me develop my communication skills, explore the history and heritage of not only North America but my own country and to meet some amazing people. My homestay host Robyn was lovely annd really looked after Sarah (another exchange participant from New Zealand and I. Huge thank you to Townsville Cleveland Bay Lions Club, Lions Australia, Lions Club of Sioux Falls and my family for giving me this opportunity. I would strongly recommend the experience to any your adult,' Sarah-Jane Sloane