International Youth Exchange Program
The Lions Youth Exchange Programme was launched to provide young people with the opportunity to learn about people and cultures other than their own in an effort to promote world peace. Since 1961 Lions Clubs around the world have been sending and hosting young people with the purpose of providing a better understanding of people and lead to more peaceful relations worldwide.
For many young people, participating in the Lions International Camp and Youth Exchange Programme is a life-changing experience. Traveling to another country, living with a host family, participating in a camp and experiencing another culture are milestone events.
The objectives of this programme:-
- To create and foster a spirit of understanding and peace among young people of the world.
- To bring and build relationships between young people from other countries and cultures.
- To share and exchange ideas and culture.
- To promote international understanding, respect and goodwill.
- To develop young people’s leadership potential.
Unlike other exchange programmes, the Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Programme is not conducted for tourism, education or employment. Instead, it is a unique cultural learning opportunity. Participants need to accept the rules of both the host families and the camps. The Lions Youth Exchange Programme caters for both incoming and outgoing youth exchanges:
Youth Exchange Outward
Are you ready to embark on a life changing adventure that will open your mind and heart? Are you curious about other cultures and ways of life? Do you want to develop your skills in a second language? Would you like to cultivate new friendships with individuals that have different backgrounds, beliefs, and customs than you? The Youth Camp and Exchange Programme (YCE) may be the opportunity you are seeking.
What can you expect ?
As a YCE participant you can expect to be immersed in a unique cultural experience with Lions clubs members supporting your learning. Your host family will treat you as a member of the family, expecting your engagement in typical daily routines and family meals. You will participate in social activities and visit cultural places of interest as arranged by the host Lions club.
You are expected to have familiarized yourself with the customs, expectations, and basic language of the host country prior to your visit and have a desire to learn more. You can expect to have an unforgettable experience that will open your mind and expand your world view. We encourage young people from around Ireland to participate and it is open to all young people between the ages of 16 -22 years to apply.
For further information and to view the directory of youth exchanges and camps check out the link below.
Contact details for Youth Exchange Outward: Email: [email protected] ; Tel: 0044 776 4677500
Youth Exchange Inward: - Discover Ireland Youth Exchange Programme
Lions Club Ireland - District 133 invite young people aged 16 – 20 years to participate in the Youth Exchange (YE) programme in the summer 2018. The Discover Ireland Youth Exchange will take place from Saturday 23rd June to Saturday 7th July 2018 and there are 18 places available. The programme will consist of nine nights in Waterford and five nights in Dublin, both in student accommodation.
During the stay participants will have the opportunity to participate in range of activities: - art, drama, cycling, walking, cooking, a community project, social activities and cultural visits to different areas of Ireland.
All applications from young people wishing to apply for Ireland must be dealt by local Lions Clubs. Applications shall be sent by a nominated District YCE.
The European format of the application is available from:
The applications should be sent be E-mail separately to Eoin O Neill - [email protected]
1. Application in Excel (editable),
2. The scanned last side with signatures.
3. 1 or two photos of the applicant and family
4. Letter to the host family
5. Copy of passport/ID-card
6. Copy of European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or similar
The applications can be sent by e-mail for pre-acceptance.
Eoin O Neill
Chairperson of Youth Camps and Exchange, Lions Ireland - District 133
Church Road, Faithlegg, Waterford,
Post Code: X91 Y561
E-mail: [email protected]
Mobile: +353 (87) 227 0803