Youth Exchange

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DISTRICT CHAIRMAN: Michelle Caccianiga (Nathalia)
Mobile: 0403 666 482



The Lions International Youth Exchange program was established in 1961 to give youth the opportunity to foster a spirit of cultural understanding among the people of the world.

Due to current travel restrictions, the Youth Exchange Program has expanded to include local youth camps that aim to foster leadership skills and encourage meaningful connections among 15 to 21-year-old Australians. We are looking forward to relaunching Youth Exchange as soon as we are able – stay tuned!


In the past – 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 in December – January to live with families associated with Lions International in various countries. Lions chaperones are provided at stopovers in London and Los Angeles, and on the return flights to Australia.

Australian Youth Exchange website

Youth Exchange Application Form