11th August 2005



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The University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Park Campus is hosting an international youth exchange programme designed to foster a better understanding between young peoples of different cultures.


38 students aged between 18 and 21 from 26 different countries around the world are taking part in the Lions Clubs International Youth Centre 2005.


A number of activities and visits have been organised by the Lions, Leos and Lioness members of District 105E to give the young people an insight into the English way of life.


On Tuesday the Mayor, Councillor Adele Ellis welcomed the youth camp students to the city during an event at the Guildhall.


Today they’re visiting Chatsworth House in Derbyshire; tomorrow they’re going to Skegness and in the evening will enjoy a barbeque at Riseholme Park before departing on Sunday.


The Club’s Administrative Office Manager, Keith Mates, said: “As part of the annual international exchange each country puts on a youth camp. The idea behind it is to offer young people the opportunity to make friends with people from other countries and through these friendships foster an understanding between people of all races and religions.


“Some of the students here are from countries which have stark differences in their ways of life. During the camp the young people each give a presentation on where they come from and their culture in a way that engenders an appreciation by the other students. This hits one of Lions Clubs International main objectives - to foster an understanding amongst the peoples of the world.”


The Lions wish to thank all the people and firms who have assisted with putting on this event.


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Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244                       kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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