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For more information on this program, visit the website here.Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 205 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world.
Known for working to end preventable blindness, Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to their communities. These projects range from cleaning up local parks to providing supplies to victims of natural disasters.
Beginning in 1917, the association of Lions clubs has provided millions of people with the opportunity to give something back to their communities. View LQ (Lions Quarterly Video Magazine) on the Lions News Network to see how Lions continue to make a difference everyday and everywhere.
Numerous programs exist to assist Lions in fulfilling the needs of the youth in their communities.
Lions participate in a wide variety of services for children, as well as programs that offer young people opportunities to learn, grow, serve and earn awards. These programs include the:
* Leo Club Program
* Lions International Peace Poster Contest
* Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program
* Lions Quest
Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program
For many young people, participating in the Lions International Camp and Youth Exchange Program 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.
Unlike other exchange programs, the Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program is not conducted for tourism, education or employment. Instead, it is a unique cultural learning opportunity.
Types of Youth Exchanges
Exchanges can be arranged in any of the more than 190 countries in which Lions clubs exist. Most exchanges last between four and six weeks and the participant (ages 15-21) stays with one or more host families during the exchange. Participants experience life as part of their host family.
Camps are one or two weeks long and bring together young people (ages 16-22) from around the world. Camps usually include a family stay that lasts between one and four weeks. More than 100 Lions camps are held each year in about 39 countries. Activities include visits to places of cultural or natural interest, sports and country presentations by the camp participants.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain
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