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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.


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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.”

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International Journeys
Sandy Kaiser is our new International Journey Coordinator -  coachsandykaiser@gmail.com

Outbund Coatepec, Mexico - October, 2021 - dates TBD
Central Israel - 2021 dates TBD
Brazil - 2022 tentative

Domestic Journeys

Julia Cooper is our new Domestic Journey Coordinator - acjc1804@hotmail.com

Inbound Madison, WI - dates TBD
Outbound Charleston, WVa - dates TBD
Florida Suncoast - fall 2021

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Virtual Experiences
Here are a few available soon. To make sure you have the correct starting time for your time zone, it's easiest to visit our FF Virtual Experience Page. You can see a time zone converter under each event. Just click on it and it'll show you the starting time in your time zone automatically.
Time Zone converter: https://blog.friendshipforce.org/virtual-experiences/

Bursa, Turkey
Saturday, March 13, 2021, 9:00 p.m. TRT
CONVERT TIME ZONE: 3 pm CST
Hosts: Sait Tosun, FF Bursa

Come with us on a virtual visit to Bursa, an amazing city in beautiful Turkey, and get ideas for your next trip! You will hear about the very best of Bursa from Sait Tosun, a member of the FF Bursa club. Sait will introduce you to his hometown lifestyle and some of the most attractive sights. In fact, the members of FF Bursa invite you to Bursa at your first opportunity to enjoy traditional Turkish hospitality, taste the world-famous Turkish coffee, and to explore the 4th largest city of a unique country bridging two continents, Europe and Asia.

Café Virtuel en Français:
La gastronomie de nos pays et régions
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 11:00 a.m. EST
CONVERT TIME ZONE
Host: Valerie Malfara, FF Staff

A l’occasion de la semaine de la francophonie, rejoignez-nous pour célébrer la langue française en compagnie d’amis francophones des quatre coins du monde!

Lors de ce café virtuel en Français, nous célébrerons la gastronomie et échangerons sur les différentes spécialités de nos régions : Connaissez-vous les origines de la fameuse poutine au Québec, ou du colombo en Guadeloupe ? Un tour virtuel des saveurs et des plats typiques de nos régions francophones vous sera proposé, et nous vous invitons à nous présenter une spécialité culinaire de votre pays ou de votre région!

Trivia Quiz
Monday, March 22, 2021, 8:30 p.m. CET
CONVERT TIME ZONE
Host: Kerstin Hogan, FF Staff

Friendship Force members around the world are invited to join this entertaining trivia quiz with a new set of questions every month! It’s not all about knowing the answers though, it’s about connecting with old and new friends. After a short introduction to meet you all, we will put you in virtual rooms in small teams for four rounds of questions. There will also be plenty of time for chit-chat. You’ll need a separate mobile phone to take pictures during the quiz.

Successful Global Journey Planning
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 2:00 p.m. CST
CONVERT TIME ZONE
Host: Vicki Vance, FF Baton Rouge

Vicki Vance is a very experienced Global Journey Coordinator who will share exciting moments from Journeys she has led and give some tips on how to successfully plan a Global Journey. Join us for this nostalgic and learning Virtual Experience.

Host: Vicki joined the Friendship Force of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1994 and held numerous club positions on the board and as a Journey coordinator. She began leading Global Journeys for FFI in 1999 starting off with gardening Journeys, then expanding to other themes including ecological, language learning, nature, and humanitarian Journeys. She has focused on Journeys in Latin America over the past thirteen years and loves the many connections that she has made with friends throughout the world.

Friendship Force Virtual Experience Recordings:

Including Virtual Travel Experiences in many countries, cooking, Zoom training, languages, crafts, photography and more.

Access Virtual Experiences Catalog Here!
https://blog.friendshipforce.org/virtual-experiences/


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Festival at Sea Cruise: Northern Europe
August 28 to September 12, 2021
From Amsterdam to Northern Scotland to Iceland - return to Amsterdam on Holland American

Click FFI website for complete information and registration:
https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/journeys/2021-festival-at-sea-cruise-in-northern-europe/?utm_source=Friendship+Force+Members+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=3d0a58ecd9-MARCH_JOURNEY_CATALOG_2020_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5feca96946-3d0a58ecd9-86901893



Starts at $2598 USD
Price Includes: All cabin prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
Taxes and FFI fee ($600 in total) additional.

Inside cabin starting at $2598
Oceanview cabin starting at $3198
Veranda cabin starting at $3498

Journey number 21353.
68 spaces have already been booked!
A deposit of $600 per person reserves your cabin! (Refundable through April 1, 2021)
Arrive in Amsterdam one night early to meet your fellow cruisers from around the world - or stay an extra night at the end of the cruise. In the new year, Friendship Force will send ambassadors details of a hotel option for the group.
Find more information here: http://totaltravelandevents.com/Page/FriendshipForce2021
or
Call today to reserve your cabin! 866-499-4074

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During normal times 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!
During our COVID-19 pandemic, these journeys have been cancelled to the end of the year.

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 or to get more information:

https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/journeys  or  https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/journeys-and-eflyers/)

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Grand Tour of Italy
April 10 to April 24, 2021
Helcio Lanzoni, FF Ribeirao Preto, Journey Coordinator
Click for Details > https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/grand-tour-of-italy/?utm_source=Friendship+Force+Members+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=3d0a58ecd9-MARCH_JOURNEY_CATALOG_2020_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5feca96946-3d0a58ecd9-86901893

Croatia & Slovenia: The Old-World Adriatic
July 10 to July 21, 2021
Click for Details > https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/croatia-slovenia-the-old-world-adriatic/?utm_source=Friendship+Force+Members+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=3d0a58ecd9-MARCH_JOURNEY_CATALOG_2020_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5feca96946-3d0a58ecd9-86901893

Festival at Sea Cruise: Northern Europe
August 28 to September 12, 2021
Click for Details > https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/journeys/2021-festival-at-sea-cruise-in-northern-europe/?utm_source=Friendship+Force+Members+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=3d0a58ecd9-MARCH_JOURNEY_CATALOG_2020_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5feca96946-3d0a58ecd9-86901893

Best of Scotland
August 29 to September 8, 2021
Click for Details > https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/best-of-scotland-2/?utm_source=Friendship+Force+Members+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=3d0a58ecd9-MARCH_JOURNEY_CATALOG_2020_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5feca96946-3d0a58ecd9-86901893


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Super Regional Conference 2020
UPDATE APRIL 7:
This conference has been cancelled.

September 18 - 20, 2020
Cost:$180 for early registration
Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown, 12 Sixth Street South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55412

Watch for details on how to register and link to make hotel reservations at reduced conference rates )
Host Club: Minnesota-Twin Cities
125 spaces
Journey # 20307
Registration opens March 1, 2020
Contact: Rita Mays - ritamnffi@yahoo.com

Tentative Schedule:
Friday, September 18th Delegates arrive and register 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
President’s Leadership Meeting 1:00 - 4:00 PM.
Welcome Reception for all Delegates 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
Dinner on your own. Sign up for optional Dinner Groups at local restaurants.
Saturday, September 19th Opening Ceremony at 9:00 AM.
Plenary Sessions until 12:30 PM. Keynote speaker Jeremi Snook, CEO and President of Friendship Force International, Allison Lindsey FF VP- Member Engagement and others.
Lunch in Hotel included. Workshops 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM offer hands-on learning and sharing how toimprove our clubs, journeys and program operations, and discussions onchallenging issues.
Dinner on your own. Sign up for optional Dinner Groups at local restaurants.
Sunday, September 20th Plenary sessions 9:00 AM – 12:30 AM.
Speakers on Global Consciousness and Cultural Awareness.
Closing Ceremony by FF MN Twin Cities.

Pre-Conference Tour – The North Shore of Lake Superior (September 14-17, $525) and other pre-conference activities arranged by the FF of Minnesota-Twin Cities. More details to come.
 

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COVID Information


STEP Notifications
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Friday, January 15, 2021

Health Alert - Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)


Location: Worldwide:The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.

Event: Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.

See the CDC Proof of Negative Test Result page to view the order, complete the attestation, and to see FAQ's.

Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements.

U.S. citizens in countries where adequate COVID-19 testing is not available or may not be able to satisfy the requirements, should depart immediately or prepare to be unable to return to the United States until such time as they can meet the requirements.  

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor the CDC website for latest guidance regarding testing requirements.
  • Check with your air carriers or travel representative prior to departure for the United States.
  • Check COVID-19 Country Specific Information updated information on COVID-19 related information including availability of testing.
  • Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security's website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
  • Click  here for our COVID FAQs Search Tool. 

Assistance:

State Department - Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
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See these pages for more information:

Completed Journeys (1999-2019)

List of All Inbound and Outbound Journeys (year and Journey Coordinator - scroll down)

FFI and Dallas Club Journey Policies

Journey Fees

Journey Info - details for current exchanges

Other Clubs' Journeys

2016 Club and Journey Policies

Health and Mobility Checklist

Download application forms:
Journey Application Form - International (pdf)
Journey Application Form - Domestic (pdf)

List of all Journeys: https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/journeys


Catalog of featured Journeys: https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/journeys-and-eflyers/


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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:

http://www3.thefriendshipforce.org/downloads/Massachusetts_Oklahoma_Tennessee_Texas.pdf

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.

A FEW COMMENTS:
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.

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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.

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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