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What are Journeys? Journeys for 2018 Journeys for 2019
Southwest Conferences Sydney and Gold Coast, Australia - out Cape of Good Hope - out
Super Conference - 2018 Dallas Arts and Architecture-Global - in Taichung, Taiwan - canceled
International Conferences Central Israel - out Denver - in
More Information Reno/Lake Tahoe - out World Journey Recuiter
Travel Insurance Brazil Engineering/Agriculture - in 2019 Festival at Sea
  International Conference 2019 Other Clubs

What Are Journeys?

Inbound Journeys consist of a visiting club coming to you; members of your club host the visitors for one week. Both clubs participate in some events; at other times, the individual host family and/or day host spends time with their guests, showing them the culture and lifestyle of their country.

Journeys were previously called Exchanges - as clubs often visited clubs they hosted. Now the focus has changed more to hosting people from any club, often with a theme for that location.

Outbound Journeys

Outbound journeys usually consist of one club visiting another club for one to three weeks of homestay (one week with each club) in another country, living with people in the host club. The homestays may be followed by an optional tour. Groups are from 10-40 people, with 20 being an average.

The Dallas club also participates in Domestic Journeys - clubs within the United States.

See the AARP Magazine article: Real Deals and other articles about the Friendship Force experience.


The Friendship Force specializes in short-term group homestay programs. Friendship Force “Ambassadors” travel from their home countries to foreign countries, where they are welcomed into the homes of local hosts. After sharing experiences of friendship, personal relationships are established across the barriers that separate people, and differences of language, race, creed or politics become less important.

A 1992 nominee for The Nobel Peace Prize, The Friendship Force is active in about 400 communities in 65 countries. About a half-million volunteer Ambassadors and Hosts have participated through 3500 exchanges, touching the lives of more than two million people, exemplifying The Friendship Force motto: “A world of friends is a world of peace.”


2018 Journeys

Inbound Journeys

Dallas Global Journey - Dallas Arts and Architecture
by Felicity Sentance, Journey Coordinator

The international inbound Journey for 2018 was the ART AND ARCHITECTURE GLOBAL JOURNEY -  May 15th – 22nd, 2018. The Host Coordinator was Felicity Sentance - fsentance@gmail.com. This Journey required a lot of touring and activities with the visitors going places in Dallas that we have rarely visited ourselves.


                             Download this pdf flyer                                      Download this pdf overview flyer

Dallas Arts and Architecture Global Journey Overview:
May 15 – 22, 2018
Contact: Felicity Sentance – fsentance@gmail.com
• This Journey will be held during the Dallas Symphony Orchestra-led 4th annual Soluna International Music & Arts Festival - a European-style collaborative festival involving multiple arts organisations. More information about the 2017 festival can be found at https://www.mydso.com/soluna

• Much of the festival is focused in the Dallas Arts District which, at 68 acres, is the largest contiguous arts district in the USA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arts District, Dallas

• A study by the non-profit organisation, Business Council for the Arts, found there has been a dramatic growth in the arts and culture industry in North Texas

• Six different Pritzker Prize-winning architects have designed buildings in Dallas and the Arts District. Plans for this Journey include expert-led tours of the Arts District, downtown Dallas and the art deco State Fairgrounds, docent-led tours of art museums to include the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth and performances of music, plays and dance.

• To show the ethnic diversity of this city, we plan to include meals at various ethnic restaurants.

The Pritzker Prize is considered architecture’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize. Dallas actually has the best architecture per square mile of any American city. The argument rests on density. The arts district of this Texas metropolis boasts designs by six Pritzker Prize winners:
   I.M. Pei - Meyerson Symphony Center, Fountain Place and Dallas City Hall
   Rem Koolhaas - Wyly Theatre
   Renzo Piano - Nasher Sculpture Center
   Norman Foster - Winspear Opera House
   Philip Johnson - Thanks-Giving Square
   Thom Mayne - Perot Museum of Nature and Science


• The total cost for the week is $870. Price Includes: FFI and host fee, theatre performances, entrance fees, architectural tours, transportation and many meals. 

• Ambassadors should speak English, be able to walk up to two miles and stand for museum visits and tours.

• Home hosting will be provided by members of Friendship Force Dallas and the customary welcome and farewell parties will be included. We plan, also, to hold small group dinners in member homes to give us a chance to mingle with each other in an intimate setting.

• Average temperatures in Dallas in May are 65 - 84 F or 29 - 19 C.

See details and application information on the Friendship Force website:

Deadline to apply was January 12, and applicants have been selected.

                                 Schedule for Dallas Arts and Architecture Global Journey

Tuesday, May 15th:
3 pm          Ambassadors arrive individually by this time or day before to attend welcome party.
7 pm          Welcome party at Dallas Children's Theatre and tour back stage.

Wednesday, May 16th:
10 am        Arboretum docent tour 1 hour plus 1 hour free time.
12 noon     Lunch at Alfonso’s, 718 N Buckner Blvd
1:30 pm     Play at Bath House Cultural Center - 1:30 Production’s performance of The Velocity of Autumn
                   and short talk about this organization and community theatre in Dallas.
Evening     Small group dinners, potluck - Times TBA.

Thursday, May 17th (Forth Worth):
10 am        Art and architecture tour at Amon Carter Museum
1:30 pm     Lunch at Modern Museum of Art
3 pm          Art and architecture tour at Kimbell Art Museum
5:30 pm    Dinner on your own at Istanbul Grill (Sundance Square)

Friday, May 18th (Dallas):
10 am        Bus tour of Dallas Arts District and architecture
12:30 pm   Lunch at DMA
2 pm          Tour of Wyly Theatre
3:30 pm     Free time to visit Nasher, Crow, DMA museums
6 pm          Performance: Wagner's Die Valkyrie (5 hour performance including 2 intermissions)
                   - at Meyerson
7:30 pm     Performance: Dallas Black Dance Theatre - Spring Celebration – at Wyly

Saturday, May 19th:
11 am        Architectural tour of Perot Science Museum
5 pm          Dinner at Breadwinners in North Park
6:30 pm     Pre-performance talk at Latino Cultural Center
7:30 pm     Chamber concert at Latino Cultural Center - Submerged: Music of South America

Sunday, May 20th:
6 pm          Reception at home of Roger and Sandy Kaiser, McKinney
7 pm          Farewell Party at Heritage Ranch Club House

Monday, May 21st:
10 am       Tram tour of Fair Park Art-Deco architecture.
12 pm       Lunch at Benedict's Restaurant, 4800 Beltline Road
2 pm         Tour of Warehouse Gallery, 14105 Inwood Road
3:30 pm    Valley House Gallery and Gardens, 6616 Spring Valley Road

Tuesday, May 22nd: Ambassadors depart

Coordinator: Felicity Sentance - fsentance@gmail.com

Photos from this Journey will appear in the July 2018 Newsletter


Brazil Engineering and Agriculture
September 24-30, 2018 - CANCELED
Art Cooper, Host Coordinator

Originally requested as a repeat for the Global Arts and Architecture Journey for a Brazilian group, this requested Journey has morphed into a different format. Planning is still underway to see if we can accommodate this group and their interests.

Contact Art Cooper if you have ideas. acjc1804@hotmail.com



Outbound Journeys

We were assigned the following outbound Journeys for 2018:

Sydney and Gold Coast, Australia
March 8-21, 2018
Lou Ann King, Ambassador Coordinator.
Photos from this Journey appear in the May 2018 Newsletter.


                          See more photos from Australia in our May 2018 Newsletter

Central Israel (Tel Aviv)
October 4-10, 2018

Our second Journey will be to Central Israel. This is a country we have never visited and has very limited hosting availability. Experience the old and new Israel with a club in great demand.

UPDATE 9/1: This Journey is full.
Contact  Haiya Feder-Naftali hnaftali@juno.com or Michael Wald - mwald999@gmail.com.

Estimated costs as follows (subject to change):
- A home stay (up to 22 Ambassadors) for one week in Tel Aviv, approximately $540

Note: This trip is not recommended for people who are not active, good walkers.

The official trip begins with bus pick up at the airport in Tel Aviv Oct 4 late afternoon – there will be a cost for the shared ride.  Make your own flight arrangements but meet at 4 pm at the airport for bus transport. You are responsible for your own taxi if you arrive at a different time.


Domestic Journeys 2018

Reno/Lake Tahoe club was our host for this Outbound Domestic  Journey. 16 people participaged from  Aug 14-21, 2018. Julia Cooper was the Ambassador Coordinator.

This Journey is now completed.


Domestic Journeys are also being arranged for 2019. Contact Coordinator Sharri McIntosh if you have ideas for Domestic Journeys or contacts with other clubs.


Friendship Force Dallas Journey
to Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

March 21-27, 2019

One week homestay with Cape of Good Hope Club. Sightseeing - Stellenbosch botanical gardens, penguin colony, Cape Point, wine estate, cable car to Table Mountain, one of the museums, a home for disabled children, meet the Mayor/walk about town + Optional trip to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned - ferry ride on our free day - Sunday - $25.


8 days/7 nights Safari to Okavango Delta region with Victoria Falls – ending April 3

Journey #15039 Dallas to Cape of Good Hope cost: $480 + $25 for Robben Island ticket
Safari cost: $4150 + 2 flights in Africa approx. $670
    UPDATE: See the revised safari we have booked.
Not included: International airfare, travel insurance

Limited to 16 people – please express an interest ASAP to:
Mary Williams – Ambassador Journey Coordinator: mwiliiamstxtravel@yahoo.com

UPDATE: This Journey is full. Wait list only.

See pdf Flyer of this Journey

See pdf Cape of Good Hope Information

See pdf Flyer for all costs

See pdf Botswana Safari Flyer-Rev3 for safari details and payment info and all costs
UPDATE: This safari is closed.

See wildlife photos taken in Botswana taken by Dallas member Mary Latham (in Articles section)
   Note: Photos on this page are also by Mary Latham
See website for Conservation Safari Company and details of our safari:

Look at information on all the tabs on this link for our activities and accommodations on this safari. We will be booking something similar to this later in the year. Deposits for the safari will be paid separately to the safari company.

Capetown, South Africa region



FF Denver Inbound
May 1-8, 2019

This trip has been canceled due to insuficient number of participants.


Pre-Conference Hosting - Inbound
July 19-23, 2019

Mini (4 night) Inbound to Dallas starting July 19th prior to the International Conference in Boulder, CO through July 23.

It’s customary for Friendship Force International to offer pre and post homestays along with the International Conference and Dallas is offering one of these. Pat Andeweg  has been appointed Host Coordinator for this event. Pleae contact her to host or volunteer for this short stay.


Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Outbound
October 2-8, 2019

Ambassador Coordinator needed.
Contact Sharri McIntosh to volunteer
Registration for this Journey will begin soon..


International Conference 2017

Manchester, UK - August 25-28, 2017

Midland Hotel
Keynote Speaker: Benedict Allen, TV Presenter, Explorer and Author
Manchester day tours, including: a Beatles tour, indoor skydiving, the Imperial War Museum, the National Football Museum, a private canal cruise, city walking tours, an English Manor House and gardens, the BBC headquarters, and a local brewery.

Gateway to Europe at Your Doorstep!

Travel back in time!
Our opening night party takes us back to 1977 when the Friendship Force began. The music, costumes, dancers, decor, food and atmosphere will have you waxing nostalgic about the ‘70s. It’s time to celebrate 40 years of this great organization...and time to put on some bellbottoms.

Pre- and Post-conference homestays and tours in Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Scandinavia, Croatia, France and UK.

There is more information and photos from the Conference in the September 2017 Newsletter and the July 2017 Newsletter.


International Conference 2019

The 2019 International Conference will be in Boulder, CO  - July 23-27, 2019

Time to Register!

New location and dates for the International Conference in 2019

Due to the lasting impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, the Conference location has been changed to Boulder, Colorado July 23 – 27, 2019.

Registration information is now available on the FFI website: www.friendshipforce.org. Early registartion runs through the end of November, so if you plan to go, register now for a price break.

If you are on the FFI mailing list, you should have received information this past week.

Dallas is one of the hosting cities prior to the Conference - July 19 - 22. Many people will not be able to host as they will be at the Conference or other travel locations. If you are able to host, please let President Julia Cooper know. We are also looking for a Coordinator for this 3-day homesay.


Other Club Journeys and Festivals

You many join an outbound journey from any other club from your country if they have room for you. Also listed are missions, festivals, and other hosting opportunities.

Go to the Other Clubs page to see where you can go!

See the featured journeys from FFI in the online World of Friends Catalog, which lists dozens of upcoming cultural opportunities on six continents. Check out what journeys are open: http://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/index.php/catalog/all_list/

2019 Festival at Sea
15-Day South American Passage from
Argentina to Chile Aboard the Zandaam
February 21 to March 8, 2019

Join us on the second installment of Friendship Force's Festival at Sea cruises! This fifteen-day Voyage aboard the Zaandam will be one of the greatest cruising experiences anywhere, with spectacular scenery and wildlife: fjords, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, penguins, eagles, and whales. Whether you come alone or with friends, you will be right at home with your fellow Friendship Force travelers during this two-week voyage of workshops, team-building activities, and of course, plenty of sightseeing in each of our ports-of-call!
We will visit the following locations:

- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Montevideo, Uruguay
- Puerto Madryn, Argentina
- Stanley/Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas
- Strait Of Magellan
- Punta Arenas, Chile
- Cockburn Channel
- Beagle Channel
- Daylight Cruising Glacier Alley
- Ushuaia, Argentina
- Scenic Cruising Cape Horn
- Canal Sarmiento
- Chilean Fjords
- Puerto Montt, Chile
- San Antonio (Santiago), Chile

View a day-by-day itinerary on the Friendship Force catalog!
Prices start at $2,684 USD

- Interior cabins from $2,684 for double; $4,033 for single
- Oceanview cabins from $2,884 for double; $4,383 for single
- Vista Suite Verandah cabins from $4,434 for double; $7,983 for single
- Mid-ship Vista Suites from $4,854 for double; $8,823 for single

*All above prices include FFI Fee.
Flyer: https://friendshipforce.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FAS-2019-Flyer.pdf

Online registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/SNmCTOTmSqCVOMY53

See all Journeys:
See more in the Friendship Force International section.


There was not a Southwest Regional conference in 2013 as the International Conference is in the United States. Regional meetings or social events for US club members were held in New Orleans on the afternoon of Friday November 22. This was our opportunity for our regional clubs to meet. Our Field Rep,Bob Duncan from Baton Rouge, hosted our event. Bob is at mardigrasbob@hotmail.com.

Our Southwest region met in Albuquerque March 21-25, 2014. There is a report in the May, 2014 Newsletter by Mary Williams who attended from Dallas.

The 2015 Southwest Friendship Force Conference was hosted by the Houston club March 27 - 29, 2015 at the beautiful South Shore Harbor Resort and Marina on Clear Lake.  Joy Huntington chaired this event. See the report in the May 2015 Newsletter by Mary Williams who attended the conference.

The 2016 SW Conference was held April 1-3, 2016 in Austin. See Southwest Conferences for 2016 and from previous years on the Southwest Conferences page.

There was no Conference scheduled for 2017.

Super Conference 2018

In 2018 there was a conference with several areas, including our Southwest Conference, combined.
This SUPER CONFERENCE took place in Cincinnati the weekend of April 20-21, 2018:

Cincinnati, OH - April 20-22, 2018
This meeting replaced our Southwest Conference and included three provinces:

Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront
668 W. 5th Street
Covington, KY 41011

The Great Lakes 2018 Super Conference began at 2:00 pm on Friday for the “Executive Board” meeting and ended on Sunday at 11:00 am after the “Farewell Breakfast.”

The clubs of Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan planned many special activities. Louisville and Dayton had home hosting before and Cincinnati home hosted after. Cincinnati was once called the “Queen City of the West.” Come and offered special attractions in both Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky.


By Ray Enstam, International Exchange Coordinator
Spring 2017

There has been a major change I want to alert you to on travel insurance. I include a few tips but want to make clear that neither I nor the Friendship Force of Dallas can give you any legal advice on this. You should be sure to read carefully any policy you buy.

Friendship Force International requires the purchase of travel insurance, but you are free to choose your own company. The following commentary applies only to the official sponsored insurance.
That said, Friendship Force International has now switched its sponsored insurer and links to this can be found on their website. You should be aware that the form of policy will vary from state to state and as a resident of Texas you should click through to get the proper form. To help you I include a direct link. Read the policy carefully:


In view of the current interest in “pre-existing conditions,” I have copied below some provisions of the policy. You should note that “pre-existing conditions” exclusion can apply not only to the Trip Cancellation, but can exclude payments for Medical Expenses. In view of the fact that Medicare does not apply to treatment outside of the US, travelers on international exchanges should pay close attention to this. And note in the last paragraph that you can get a waiver of these exclusions by early purchase of the policy.

The following exclusions apply to Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Trip Delay, Emergency Evacuation, Repatriation of Remains and Missed Connection:
Loss caused by or resulting from:
1. Pre-Existing Conditions, as defined in the Definitions section (except Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation of Remains);

The following exclusions apply to Emergency Sickness Medical Expense and Emergency Accident Medical Expense:
Loss caused by or resulting from:

1. Pre-Existing Conditions, as defined in the Definitions;
Pre-Existing Condition means an illness, disease, or other condition during the sixty (60) day period immediately prior to the Effective Date for which You, a Traveling Companion or a Family Member booked to travel with You: 1) exhibited symptoms that would have caused one to seek care or treatment; or 2) received or received a recommendation for a test, examination, or medical treatment; or 3) took or received a prescription for drugs or medicine. Item (3) of this definition does not apply to a condition that is treated or controlled solely through the taking of prescription drugs or medicine and remains treated or controlled without any adjustment or change in the required prescription throughout the sixty (60) day period before the Effective Date.

The Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion is waived if You (a) purchased this Policy at the time You pay the deposit (to Friendship Force) for Your Trip (or within 15 days of the initial trip deposit); and (b) You are medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid.

I have spoken with Friendship Force International (FFI) and have some additional information about travel insurance and the question of covering “pre-existing conditions.” This only applies if you buy the official policy from FFI. You are on your own if you buy with a different company.

Deal With FFI not Insurance Company. If you buy the official travel policy you will buy from FFI and not deal directly with the company. You will make payments to FFI so they have more control over when you need to buy and when you get a refund.

Purchase Cut Off Date More Flexible. Even though the policy says you must buy within 15 days of the first payment to “Friendship Force” this is not clear which Friendship Force is referred to and if a refundable payment is a payment. The key time to buy insurance is when you make the first non-refundable payment. In the case of travel fee payments to FFI that is 60 days before departure. When you make a deposit to the Dallas club it is not a payment if it is refundable. The first payment date is the date the club makes a non-refundable payment and can no longer refund all your money (ie, payment to FFI or to a travel agency or such). But it also means that if you buy a plane ticket or pay some other travel expense to an outsider that is non-refundable, that is when you need to buy your insurance.

Insurance Premium Refundable. If you buy insurance when you make your first refundable deposit, such as to the club, and then cancel, you can also cancel the policy and get a refund of your premium. This is handled by FFI so you don’t have to deal with the insurance company.

Buy Insurance in Installments. It was also suggested that you can buy insurance in stages. When you make your first refundable payment to the club you can buy $1,000 worth of insurance for $38 (which is the minimum policy amount) and add on to this as you commit more money. And if you cancel, that first premium is refundable. If you buy insurance because you have made a non-refundable payment, it is not clear if you can cancel the policy. Of course, you cannot both make a claim and cancel.

If you have further questions on this you can call Allison Lindsey at Friendship Force International at 404-965-4342.


From Lauren Tepley, Communications Coordinator, Friendship Force International

There are two questions club leaders always seem to ask:
How can we get new members?
How can we fill our journeys?

FFI has worked with experienced volunteers to develop answers to these questions, answers that are practical and based on proven results. The purpose of the World Exchange Recruiter program is to begin to give concrete steps to expand membership AND fill exchanges. The goal is to fill 200 spaces on Jouneys through the World Exchange Recruiters and connect with 300 hosts in the Friendship Force community. 

How? World Exchange Recruiters will:
- Be up-to-date on all upcoming journeys 
- Actively recruit members from within their club to travel with other clubs
- Be responsible for distributing the monthly on-line FFI e-flyer to all members
- Be the contact for new and current members to discuss all journey opportunities available in the US
- Promote all outbound US journeys in whatever way your club authorizes

Want the early scoop on upcoming Friendship Force journeys? Want to help get these journeys filled so friendships can be formed around the world?

If you are interested in becoming FF Dallas' "World Exchange Recruiter," contact Paula Rose at paularose2000@hotmail.com.


Contact Information
Postal address: P. O. Box 551151, Dallas, TX 75355
Phone and fax: 214- 699-7574 
E-mail: friendshipforcedallas@yahoo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendshipForceDallas/
Webmaster: mwilliamstxtravel@yahoo.com