The Lions International Youth Exchange Program fulfills the First Object of the Lions: To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.

The Program was officially introduced in 1961. Since then, thousands of young people (aged 17-21) have experienced life in another culture as Lions youth exchangees. Each Youth Camp and Exchange includes an extended stay hosted by one of our many international clubs. Youth apply to their nearest Lions Club for sponsorship to travel overseas to stay with Lions families and friends and attend an international camp. Sponsorship can include subsidising travel costs or simply supporting the young adult to venture overseas under the care of Lions International. The program enables young adults to participate in everyday life in another culture, reside with a host family, serve as an ambassador for international understanding and participate in local customs.

Lions Australia accepts incoming exchangees from North and South America, USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Scandinavia, NZ, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan. Reciprocal hosting agreements exist which enable Australian youth to travel to many of these countries. 

Most youth stay with one or more host families for up to four weeks and attend an International Camp in the same country. Camps also involve a family stay. Australia conducts four international camps every year -

Camp Koala - in The Grampians, Victoria  /   Camp Kookaburra - near Newcastle, NSW  /  Camp Kanga - in the Whitsundays  /  Camp Krokodile - on the Sunshine Coast

In July 2010, the Lions Clubs of Bull Creek and Boyup Brook will host 17-year old Santiago Mamberti who lives in the town of Allen in Rio Negro, Argentina. Santiago has been a Leo Club member for five years. 

Santiago will be hosted by Bull Creek Lions members Lion Denis O'Brien, Lion Terry Johnson - Club Secretary, Lion Cherrie Goodier - Club President 2009-2010 and Lion Kim Wilkinson.

PDG Keith and Lorri Jones of the Lions Club of Boyup Brook will host Santiago when he travels to the country to meet the newly formed Leo Club of Boyup Brook.

santiago and family

 Santiago (far right) with his family - father Dardo, mother Liliana, sisters Cecilia and Augustina and brothers Juan and Dardo.