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California MD4 Lions Youth Exchange

“For a World of Understanding Through Lions Youth Exchange”
Open to all students between the ages of 16- 21

Since 1961 Lions Clubs have been sending as many students as possible around the world.  In so doing, we hope that to experience another culture will bring about a better understanding of people and lead to more peaceful relations worldwide.  Our thousands of “ambassadors of goodwill,” who do not have to come from Lions family members, are picked, not for their scholastic ability, but for their desire to learn about another culture. Exchanges are for a 3 to 5 week summer program to countries in Europe, Brazil, Spain, France, Japan and more. Check out the outgoing tab for more information.  

The Lions Youth Exchange Program was launched to provide today’s youth, our leaders of tomorrow, an opportunity to learn about people and cultures other than their own in an effort to promote world peace. Young people are given the opportunity of living with a family or families in a foreign country for a few weeks to experience first-hand a new culture, history and a different way of life. The ultimate goal is to have each participant upon returning home share his or her experiences in promoting international understanding. Lions Clubs International Youth Exchange Program was officially adopted in 1961 as a unique cultural learning opportunity for our youth and not conducted for tourism, formal education or employment.


Started in 1917, we are the largest and youngest international non-profit organization in the world. Our primary objective is eyesight conservation as implored by Helen Keller who asked us to become her “Knights of the Blind.” Since then we have expanded our endeavors to include humanitarian service to all those with all needs.


Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

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