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I am very happy because I was a part of this exchange. My experience was great.
I was in two families. In first one I didn't have company, but the parents were so great and they did everything they could to make this experience amazing for me. The second one was also great, but I liked it better because I had company.
Few days before camp I met Lolo who was fun and Lolo told me something about the camp.

I had a great experience with the Lions Youth Exchange in Italy.

Both of my host families were great. I didn’t expect to have a program in my families, so everything we did was amazing. With my first we visited quite a lot of places. The days we spend at home or at the pool were great too, because it was nice to have a day for not doing something. The family was really nice too. They taught us a little Italian and gave us a lot to eat, all the food was tasty.

Even though we didn’t do as much as in the first family, my second family was great too. The first day they took me to the Lake Garda, we had a great time there. The days after me and my host sister went into the city for shopping. Also at their home it was great. The whole family was – like the first family – really nice and welcoming to me.

Hello this is Julie Bernier, I was a youth exchange camper at Campo Emilia this year.
My experience in Italy with the host families and the camp was absolutely amazing.
My host families were good people, and they made me feel very welcome and took me to amazing places. 
The camp was amazing, I had tons of fun and I have made memories that will last a lifetime. 
I wouldn't change anything about the camp or anything about my experience. 

My trip to Italy had started on June 25th.
It was the first time I had ever gone out of the United States, and I was really excited to see what all of it was going to be like - the plane ride there, the country, the people- everything.
My first host family was great- they were really welcoming and friendly and made my time with them go smoothly. We went and saw different towns around their home in Carpi every day- we saw a few castles, which I learned there was a lot of in Italy, and went to a beautiful lake one day with beautiful villas and a lot of tourists.
My second host family was wonderful, too- they were very friendly and gave me everything I needed. I went to the pool and shopping with them, and relaxed a lot in the house.

I attended the camp from Turkey and I was in Italy for 3 weeks.
To be honest, I had some problems with my first host family. When I arrived, it was Saturday and it was good.
Also on Sunday they took me to the beach and Verona so everything was nice. But on Monday, my host mom and dad went to work. They had 3 children and one of their daughters was my age. The others siblings also went to work and I was alone with the girl that was my age.
The problem is, she did not know English. And it was like this the whole week. I was alone at home with someone that I could not even talk to.

I want to thank you for everything.
It was great opportunity for me to meet those amazing people and make new friends.
The first host family was really amazing and I really liked the time spent with them.
My second host family was nice and I liked them too but they were little bit busy for hosting.  
And the camp it was jus wonderful.
Starting with the camp leaders ending with campers everything was amazing.
Thank you for making me part of this.
I will never be able to forget these amazing three weeks.
Wish you all the best .

I had a really good trip.
Both my host families did a great job, and made me feel a part of the family. So nothing to say there. 
The camp were also really good, we got to see some great things. The whole Lion staff was great. 
I do not have so much to say, everything was great. 
Have a good evening.

Thank you for your leadership with this camp and for all the great activities that were planned during this exchange.
Esther loved her time in Italy and can’t wait to return again someday.
I am confident that this intercultural experience has changed her in more ways than she knows and opened her heart and mind to what it means to be a Lion all over the world.

Thanks again,

Tiffany George 

(Esther parents)

July 13th started the best days of my life ❤
I arrived in Lions Campo Emilia and the adventure began. 
First day was only arriving and meeting campers and stuff. 
I wouldn't have ever guessed that those 19 other campers from 15 different countries and our camp stuff would become so close to me only in 10 days. 

And finally the time to say "see you" has come! 
It is amazing how different people with different cultures can get along so well in such a short time! 
I won't forget any moment I spent with you, guys. 

Saying "goodbye" is never easy. Especially, when you know you won't be able to see someone extremely important to you for a long time. 
I just wanted to say that I'm so thankful to you guys. I felt like it was a trip around the world, even though I stayed in the same place. I learned new words like "batti cinque" or "yläfemma" and now I know how to pronounce "cabbage" properly. I learned that although we come from different countries, we're all pretty similar. 

Thanks, thanks everybody,
I've just finished a fantastic experience as a staff member of Lions Lake Camp! I came here as a Leo who wanted to improve his English and to have fun but in the end I'm a better person, a growing-up person with 15 new friends around the world! During the Camp I met a lot of people: my 3 roommates with whom I share "the man time" every night, before going to sleep - with Marcelo I loved singing Italian songs, my Danish friend Kean and I always play in swimming pool, my German friend and I got emotional together. 
I also met my fantastic American friends: 3 girls completely different but fantastic and very funny as well! I met a marmede form the Lone Star State, a fantastic singer from Missouri and a very funny girl form Wisconsin. I met my great friend Doora that helped me in every moment and she was my special advisor,

Hello! My name is Kaitlin Coughran and I live in Australia from a city called Lismore.
I took place in the International Lions Youth Exchange Programme for six weeks adventuring to Europe in 2016 from December to mid-January.
The places I visited were Italy, Germany and London, both amazing places with lots of history.
I found out about the Youth Exchange through a family friend and couldn’t pass this amazing opportunity, so I applied.

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I really loved my time in Italy! I had two families, the Ricotti family in Campagnano and the Zanti family in Carpi.
It was amazing that my hosts were so generous with their time and love, making me feel right at home.Both took me to many places that were a fair drive away so that I was able to see more of your country, which I really appreciated. All the food I ate (and there was a lot!) it was all delicious and I tried such a range of Italian food.
They were also more than happy to share their language and culture with me, and to introduce my to family and friends which just made my stay even better.
It was great with the Ricotti family to be shown around other places by some of the Lions club members, and to also attend one of their club meetings (even though it was just a casual one!). It was very thoughtful of them to organise the Leo’s outing for us so we could talk to some younger people, that was a really fun night and it was lovely to make that connection.

My stay in Italy began in Milan, where I was hosted by a lovely family In Saronno for about 10 days.
We got along perfectly from the very beginning and they had already planned many sightseeing trips and tours for me.
Together with the mother, sister and brother, we went to food clubs and restaurants where we tried some traditional Italian foods, and we visited famous landmarks such as the Duomo of Milan, and ‘la galleria di Vittorio Emanuele II ‘.

My stay in Italy was amazing and I have nothing to complain about.
I was completely welcomed into the family and felt very comfortable. T
he winter camp was very enjoyable and we were all so lucky to be shown such amazing things!  
Thankyou for everything,

My stay in Italy was amazing. My host family was lovely, very funny, warm and inviting. I felt just like part of the family especially during the Christmas period. Day trips to Naples and Bari were great to see the famous cities from a locals perspective.
The camp was in a perfect location and was a great time to meet other international friends. The activities were fine - possibly too many archeological sites and museums. There could be more engaging experiences for young people such as more travelling to other towns or events other than to see cathedrals or museums - which were interesting yet overdone in my opinion. The places where we ate were spectacular. All the camp organisers were great leaders and very nice people.

Thankyou for this incredible experience, it was amazing

Hello all!! I finally made the video that i was talking about and wanted to share it with you guys :)

It's crazy to think that last we saw each other was one and a half month ago and i have really started to miss you all. I continue to miss you all and hopefully see you in the future :)

Love from Oliver <3  


Today, as the year ends, and I reflect upon all the beautiful things that happened to me, I realise that travelling to Italy was undoubtedly the best thing so far. 
To all the people who gave me this opportunity, thank you sooo much! 
And to all the happy and likeminded souls I met along this journey of ours, there's no one like you, and I'm glad you contributed to making this such a beautiful year for me! 
Wishing alllll you crazy people around the world, A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Hope to see you soon!  

Salve, mi chiamo Ariah Perez e quest’anno, durante il Campo Apulia 2016 organizzato dal Lions Club International, ho rappresentato gli Stati Uniti d’America. È stata la mia prima volta in Italia e sono stata molto onorata di poter sperimentare la cultura, il cibo e la storia a cui gli italiani tengono molto.
Tra le cose memorabili di Puglia e Basilicata ci sono il cibo, le bellezze storiche e più di tutto le preziose esperienze che non dimenticherò mai.
Un magnifico ricordo che ho portato a casa con me è il cibo straordinario. Ho imparato in fretta, dalla famiglia che mi ha ospitato, che i pomodori, la mozzarella e l’olio d’oliva sono tutti prodotti base nel Sud Italia. Alberi d’ulivo e vigne crescono dappertutto in Puglia. La Dispensa del Salento ha donato ai componenti del nostro campo bottiglie d’olio d’oliva personali. Il giorno che siamo arrivati a cucinare pasta e frutti di mare, che si trovano comunemente in Salento, abbiamo avuto l’opportunità di assaggiare l’olio d’oliva. Ne ho amato il gusto così tanto che ho finito per versarlo sull’intero piatto. Se da una parte sono stata molto attratta dai sapori sprigionati dall’olio ho tuttavia una vera passion per i dolci. Il mio dolce preferito è stato il krapfen. Ho amato molto il krapfen, per la dolce crema all’interno e lo zucchero spolverizzato sulla parte esterna.
Nel Salento lo si può trovare in ogni bar o pasticceria.