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 by:
For more information visit the official website here.
Competitive and lengthy selection process
Costs range between $3,000 to $7,500 depending on destination (includes International Air-fares, Insurance, Travel Agent and Lions Administration fees, Pre-departure Accommodation and seminar (if applicable), Overseas Domestic travel, Overseas stopover accommodation (London and Los Angeles), some meals and sightseeing, Travel backpack and uniform, name badge and Lions pins)
Except: Youth applying for exchange to Japan or France must be able to converse competently in Japanese or French language
5-6 week program overseas
Application, interview, compulsory seminars and meetings