All too soon it will be time for you to return home and resume your normal life. Before you leave, however, there are a few practical matters you will need to attend to:
- confirm your return flight, if you are traveling by air. In most cases you will need to do this at least 72 hours before departure or risk losing your reservation;
- collect the documents you will need (passport, etc.) to go through immigration. Keep any tax-free items and receipts handy for customs inspection;
- determine how much local currency you will have remaining. You may want to convert it or purchase duty-free items with it before you leave. Be aware of any currency restrictions your host country might have.
When You Return Home
After you return to your community, your sponsoring Lions Club may invite you to one of their meetings to speak about your exchange. You may also be asked to complete an evaluation of your visit and perhaps assist with briefing and guiding other youth for future exchanges. In these ways you can help to spread international understanding and goodwill.
May your exchange be successful and rewarding! The Lions thank you for the important role you are playing in promoting friendly relations among the peoples of the world.
A Word of Thanks
As soon as possible write a note of thanks to your host family. Remember to do the same for all those who entertained you or extended courtesies. Think about how your hosts have volunteered to show you their country. If their hospitality has meant something to you, be sure to express your appreciation to them. You will leave them with a good impression and make them feel that hosting you has been a worthwhile experience.