Youth Exchange Programme 

Lions Clubs International currently have 1.4 million members worldwide in 207 different countries from around the globe.  Each year, the Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program introduces thousands of young people to life in other cultures by helping them experience living with a host family in another country.  Last year over 100 youth camps were available in 39 different countries.  Where will you want to go?

The Lions International Youth Exchange Program fulfils the First Object of the Lions which is "To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world".

Essential things you need to know

 Exchanges can last anywhere between 2-6 weeks during which you will have the opportunity to stay with one or more host families in another country and attend an international youth camp in that country.  All of your accommodation, food and scheduled travel within that host country will be met by the Lions Organisation.


 Youth camps are 1-2 weeks long and bring together young people from around the world where you will get the chance to learn more about the host country, make new friends, and embark on exciting activities, visits and experiences.


 Every participant in the scheme must have their application first of all endorsed by their local Lions Club which is why Southampton Solent Lions are now accepting applications for 2016. All applications must be received by 30 September 2015 and every short-listed candidate will be invited to an interview along with their parent(s)/guardian(s).


 Every applicant must:- live in the Southampton area; be aged between 17 and 20; have a referee to support their application; and demonstrate excellent maturity; enthusiasm, with international tolerance and understanding.


 Southampton Solent Lions Club reserve the right to decline any application without explanation or any right of appeal.


 You will be responsible for financing your own international travel to and from your country of choice, any camp fees (some but not all camps may charge a fee), and any spending money for things such as long distance telephone calls, incidentals, and gifts.


 You will be responsible for ensuring that you have all appropriate passports, visa's, and be fully insured to cover any and all contingencies including trip cancellation, repatriation, accidents, medical expenses, personal effects and personal liability during the entire duration of your travel and visit in the accepted country.


 Remember that you are representing Southampton Solent Lions Club, your town, your community and your country at all times whilst in the host country.  We will expect you to act appropriately and conduct yourself professionally at all times.


 You must agree to abide by the policies of the Lions Youth Camp & Exchange Program.  Your participation in the program is not for tourism, formal education or employment.  Any unauthorized extended personal travel or leaves of absences during the program are prohibited, and you are not to operate a motor vehicle or motorcycle during your stay in the host country.  Any serious violation of the program's policies can, at the discretion of the host Lions officer, result in the immediate termination or your visit at your own expense.