Lions Youth Exchange
The Lions Youth Camp and Exchange Program give young adults aged 16-21 years an opportunity to live with Lions families overseas to learn more about their culture.
The aim of the Program is to create and foster a spirit of understanding between the peoples of the world.
Lions Australia is an active participant in the YCE Program. In a typical year, approximately 150 international youth are hosted in Australia, 50 Australian youth travel overseas and four international youth camps are staged in the Whitsundays, Sunshine Coast, Wyong (NSW) and near Melbourne in late July.
Youth exchangees are nominated by their local Lions club for travel and are sent into the care of one or more host Lions Clubs in the destination country. Youth exchangees become a member of their host family and may participate in Lions' meetings, community visits to schools and nursing homes, local government meetings, Lions' events, family outings and celebrations, sightseeing, shopping, etc. The majority of host families around the world live in country areas.
In 2015, our Club nominated Demi Bradford (pictured left) for travel to North America.
In October 2015, Booragoon Lions hosted the 2015 WA Youth Exchange Seminar which is a compulsory event for outbound youth. Pictured at the seminar are (L to R) Rebecca, Demi, Neve, Cameron and Alexandra (Alex) nominated by the Lions Clubs of Kojonup, Booragoon, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Claremont-Nedlands and Armadale-Kelmscott respectively.
In 2013, local teenager Mark Pyzik was nominated by our Club for travel to Japan.