Youth Exchange – Outward

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 the program is open to all young people between the ages of 16 to 22.

How to Apply?

  • 1. Review the Youth Camp and Exchange Directory to see current camp listings and locations where youth exchanges are offered. Note the camp application deadlines for locations of interest. (see web links below)
  • 2. Develop a wish list of a few host countries to inquire about.
  • 3. Contact your local Lions club to see if they would be willing to be your sponsoring Lions club. (The participation of a sponsoring Lions club is a requirement).
  • 4. Obtain and complete the application form (Lions Club members can download this from the District Website).
  • 5. Participants also need to write a personal letter of introduction for the prospective host family that contains information on the following: interests, studies, hobbies, family, home community, previous travel experience, expectations for the program, and any dietary, health or religious requirements.
  • 6. The sponsoring Lions Club then forwards the completed application and personal letter of introduction to the YCE Chairperson Outwards (Sean O’ Neill).
  • 7. The YCE Chairperson then sends the application and introduction letter out to the countries on the wish list (with availability) to see if the person will be accepted.
  • 8. Applicants selected to attend a Lions Youth Camp and/or Lions Youth Exchange will receive a confirmation and information letter.
  • 9. Applicants accepted will need to understand that they are representing their local Lions Club and District. Each Country and Camp will have their own rules and guidelines to follow.
  • 10. The YCE Chairperson will give assistance to clubs in making applications.

For further information and to view the directory of youth exchanges and camps see:

Youth Camps and exchange page:

Details of existing youth camps:

Contact Details: