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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.


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.”


Guatemala Global Journey
Friendship In Action in Guatemala
January 11 - 20, 2017

Cost: $1200 USD + $200 donation.
Contact: edward pérez - erperez@acm.org

A group from many cities explored the fascinating world of the Mayan culture in the Guatemalan highlands! Although Friendship Force does not currently have any clubs in Guatemala, we “served the cause of peace” by putting "friendship in action" as we visited organizations that assist several Mayan communities.

During this exchange, we experienced and learned about local traditions, art, languages, historical and current Mayan traditions and customs. We visited the ancient Mayan ruins of Iximche, the village of Comalapa known for its indigenous art, a coffee farm and a women's weaving cooperative.

After arriving in Guatemala City, we shuttled to Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and spend two nights there. We learned about its history and culture as we took a walking tour through the center of town. After lunch, we visited nearby San Juan Del Obispo to visit Proyecto Luis de Lion (a marimba school & community library) and local artists’ homes and galleries.

We traveled by bus to Panajachel, on the northern coast of Lake Atitlan, for four nights. While there, we:

• Discovered the indigenous villages of Lake Atitlan during a boat ride around the lake including local textile workshops
• Visited the market in nearby Chichicastenango
• Enjoyed a free day with a variety of activities, such as hiking Pacaya Volcano, exploring the Atitlan Nature Reserve, relaxing at Santa Teresita spa, or visiting the famous market of Chichicastenango

We returned to Antigua for three more nights, and put our friendship into action at:
• Casa Maria, a retirement home, providing friendship and supplies
• Antigua Exotica, a reptile rescue center (not just snakes!)
• Manos Abiertos (Open Hands), a pre-/post-natal clinic, providing friendship and supplies

There were so many fantastic activities, sights, and volunteer opportunities on this meaningful exchange!

Click here for an itinerary. See March 2017 Newsletter for photos.


Sydney, Australia Inbound
to Winnipeg and Ottawa, Canada and Dallas
February 22 - March 1, 2017

Sharri McIntosh, ED - mcintosh.sharri@gmail.com
Thanks to Host Coordinator Sharri McIntosh and her committee.

WED FEB 22, Various times - Arrival of Ambassadors from Winnipeg at DFW

THURS FEB 23, 10:00 AM - Dallas Day on DART Bus-- depart Union Station, ride DART to stops including Pioneer Plaza, Thanksgiving Square, Arts District, Klyde Warren Park
   1:30 PM Lunch at Asian Mint, 11617 N Central Expwy (corner Forest/Central SE side)

FRI FEB 24, 9:30 AM - Tour Stetson Hat Factory, 721 Marion Dr., Garland [NOTE change of time]
   12:00 - 1:30 PM - Lunch at The Lot, 7530 E. Grand
   2:00 - 4:00 PM - Dallas Arboretum (Meet at entrance – free; bring memberships)

SAT FEB 25, 9:30 AM - McKinney Day - Breakfast at Bill Smith's iconic diner, 1510 W. University Dr.; architectural driving tour to view early-era homes
   12:00 noon - Tupps Brewery Tour, 721 Anderson, McKinney
   2:00 PM - Visit to McKinney downtown square (walking)
   4:00 PM - Dinner at Harry's On the Harbor in Adriatic Village, 6601 Mediterranean Dr., McKinney
   (pay on your own)

SUN FEB 26 - Free day (Art Deco at State Fair Grounds, Museums)
   6 - 6:30 PM - Small group dinners in members’ homes

MON FEB 27, 10:00 AM - Top O' Hill in Arlington at Arlington Baptist College, 3001 W. Division St, Arlington.
   Step back in time to revisit infamous gambling casino/ entertainment venue disguised as a tea room!
   11:45-1:00 PM Gilligan's, 400 E. Abram in Arlington for lunch
   2:00 PM Fort Worth - Meet at Visitor Center, 130 Exchange Ave, for guided tour of Stockyards;
   cattle drive at 4:00 PM
   5:30 PM (OPTIONAL) - Happy hour at White Elephant Saloon; dinner in Stockyards or Sundance Square
   (downtown) or drive back to Dallas

TUES FEB 28, 10:00AM -12:00 noon - Sixth Floor Museum
   Free afternoon
   7 PM - Farewell dinner at Mama Casa, 19129 Preston Rd. Dallas (happy hour open up to 7)

WED MARCH 1 - Ambassadors depart various times

See photos from this Journey in our March 2017 Newsletter.


Southern New Jersey Outbound
April 22-29, 2017
Julia Cooper, ED

The Southern New Jersey Club is located in the Delaware Valley in Southern New Jersey across the Delaware River from Philadelphia (the birthplace of our nation). The region features historical sites such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, and excellent art, natural history and science museums. Home stay capacity of 15-20 Ambassadors.

Enjoy Historical Philadelphia and Delaware Valley:

• Philadelphia PA – Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Congress Hall and
  walking tour
• Valley Forge PA – National Historic Park and American Revolution Center
• Brandywine Valley DE – Winterthur Museum and Gardens
• Washington Crossing Historical Park NJ / Princeton NJ / Trenton NJ -
  Sculpture Garden

Cost: $297 including all fees
Transportation not included

In the area of independent travel Washington DC, New York or the Amish Country Pennsylvania

See the May 2017 Newsletter for report and photos.


Birmingham, AL Inbound
June 3-9, 2017
Cathy Ignatin, ED - cignatin@hotmail.com

Cathy Ignatin was the Host Coordinator for our inbound group from Birmingham AL. She worked with  Birmingham Ambassador Coordinator Vicki Smith. This club hosted us last year and we had a wonderful week with these gracious people.

Cathy says: Birmingham Inbound Journey was a success, despite various problems. We originally started out with 12 Ambassadors and had two drop out because of illness; the week before the Journey another couple had to drop out due to a serious fall. The arrival of the plane from Birmingham was about 3 hours delayed because of bad storms, but the welcome dinner and the remainder of the Journey went off without a hitch.

Many thanks to all of you who helped me so much to put this together. I only wish we had had more time to show our ambassadors more of Dallas.


Sat. June 3rd: Arrival at DFW delayed by bad weather in the area..
Welcome dinner at Chimney Hill Clubhouse, with club members bringing side dishes to accompany meat provided by the club..

Sun., June 4th - Free day, with option to tour AT&T Stadium tour 11:30 am (organized by edward perez. Most of our sports-loving visitors opted to go on this tour.

Monday, June 5th: Arboretum for garden walk.
Lunch at La Calle Dolce, 1925 Skillman at Live Oak
Small group dinners in homes

Tuesday, June 6th: McKinney Day
Bill Smith’s Diner for brunch followed by a driving tour of early McKinney homes
Exploration and shopping at McKinney Square
Wine tasting at Lone Star Winery on the Square
Small group dinners in homes

Wed. June 7th: Downtown Dallas Day
Union Station start of our DART bus tour. Stops included Pioneer Plaza, Thanksgiving Square, Arts District, Klyde Warren Park and Dallas Museum of Art where we had lunch.
Afternoon and evening were free to take in more of downtown.
Dinner - Many Ambassadors treated their home hosts to dinner

Thurs. June 8th: Fort Worth Day
Film and tour of the Stockyards, cattle drive of the Longhorn herd and shopping
Sundance Square for lunch at Reata Restaurant
Tour of Sid Richardson Museum of Western Art
Farewell Dinner (Fajita  buffet) at El Fenix in Dallas

Fri. June 9th: Attemped departure but due to more bad weather and flight delays, the group left the following day for home.

This Journey concluded with lots of fun and participation from club members.
See the July 2017 Newsletter for more photos.


Saskatoon, Canada Outbound
August 21-28, 2017 plus optional trip to Canadian Rockies
Paula Rose, ED - paularose2000@hotmail.com

Homestay: Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada
Dates: Aug 21-28, 2017
2017 Outbound Journey to Saskatoon
Aug 16-21, 2017
Paula Rose, Ambassador Coordinator

Dallas members attending: edward perez, Paula Rose, Jackie and Michael Wald, Cathy Ignatin, Julia Cooper and Gerda Kreyer.

Paula and edward report meeting great people, with good weather and activities in Saskatoon.

They cruised the S. Saskatoon River via riverboat, visited the German Hutterite community (very self-sufficient and contained), learned about the university's Synchrotron (electron accelerator for scientific experiments and more), experienced the culture (including first nations people & Ukrainian immigrants), and ended the week with many new FF Saskatoon friends.

They toured the Synchroton that accelerates electrons to shine "light" on all kinds of objects, materials, foods to better understand their structure and composition.

They visited the Western Development Museum that recreated Saskatchewan "boomtown" and thousands of items from their history - amazing!!!

Young adult Ukrainian dancers performed at Ukrainian Day Festival (lots emigrated from there to Canada in 1800s). Our group enjoyed the dancing, music, crafts and food!

They enjoyed the Canadian gardens, cool weather, blueberries, a visit to a Hutterite colony, and meeting new friends.

Paula Rose, edward perez, Jackie Wald and Michael Wald also took a post-trip to the Canadian Rockies – some beautiful country!

See the September, 2017 Newsletter for photos.


Saskatoon, Canada Inbound
October 16-23, 2017
Patty Niemeyer, ED - peanutpatti1@gmail.com


Please suggest to Patty Niemeyer any other U.S. clubs who might be interested in an mutual exchange with the Dallas club. Contact her at: peanutpatti1@gmail.com.


2018 Journeys

Inbound Journeys

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

The international inbound Journey for 2018 will be the ART AND ARCHITECTURE GLOBAL JOURNEY scheduled for May 15th – 22nd, 2018. The Host Coordinator for that is Felicity Sentance. That Journey, in particular, is going to need a lot of assistance but it will be chance for us to do a lot of touring and activities with the visitors and go to places in Dallas that we may rarely have gotten around to visiting ourselves.

Felicity is gathering names of those who’d be interested in planning this Journey so please contact her at fsentance@gmail.com  if you’d like to be involved………. She’d love to have your help.

                             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


Brazil Engineering and Agriculture
September 24-30, 2018
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 have been assigned the following outbound Journeys for 2018:

Sydney and Gold Coast, Australia
March 8-21, 2018
Lou Ann King, Ambassador Coordinator.

Click on these links for these files:
* Australia information - pdf printable form of the flyer shown below.
* and an online application form - pdf file.

Note that the deadline for submitting an application is December 1, 2017.


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. This Journey is limited to 17 people. 

Estimated costs as follows (subject to change):
- A home stay (up to 17 Ambassadors) for one week in Tel Aviv, approximately $500
- An optional tour of Israel beginning Oct 10th - with a Gate 1 tour suggested (See Optional Extension).

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.

Applications: The Ambassador and Agreement pdf form is on the FFD website and FFI website. Access through this link: Ambassador and Agreement Application. Our Journey # is 14198. Email your completed application (re-named with your name) to Michael Wald AND Haiya Feder-Naftali ASAP as only a few places remain. Contact Michael if you prefer to mail your application. The trip will be opened to the general FF membership (outside of the Dallas club) in December.

Contacts: If you have interest in this Journey or questions, contact Ambassador Coordinators Michael Wald - mwald999@gmail.com or Haiya Feder-Naftali hnaftali@juno.com

Optional Extension: If you choose an optional extension of Israel, book directly with Gate 1. Gate 1 has several trips available, but to keep pricing low, the "10 Day Affordable Israel" (second 10-day Affordable listed) will be the "official" extension trip. Leaving Oct. 9 from the US it is $1399 with the discount (deposit by Dec 22). This trip will link up with the home stays in Israel on the evening of October 10. (Select a trip with a start date of October 9, which begins in Israel the evening of Oct. 10 with an orientation meeting at the hotel in Tel Aviv that Gate 1 uses.) See the options for Gate 1: https://www.gate1travel.com/mediterranean/israel

Our Gate 1 group number from for you to use is called Friendship Group - #1394340. Use it to make your reservation with Gate 1. We will use this Group number to link all our reservations. Call 800-682-3333. Reservation agent Joycee, at Extension 1139, has been working with our group, but you may speak to any agent. Use our group number. Gate 1 is holding rooms on our official trip for us until Dec. 17. After that, if there is room, you can still book, but the hold goes away. You can reserve with a non-refundable $200 deposit. You can always move it to another trip and forfeit only $50 if you change your mind.
Important: If you book with Gate 1 by Dec. 22, the price is lower. Note: If you are traveling with Gate 1 for the first time, you may be able to get a $100 rebate. Ask them.

If you are interested in going to Petra or Eilat resort, Gate 1 has other trips which also leave on Oct. 9 from the US that include them. They are longer and cost more. Reserve with the number above so Michael can keep track of you. If you book a tour, please let Michael know as he is creating a list of those going on the optional extensions. Request a roommate if you need one for a tour.

Here is the site to see the options for Gate 1:

Michael Wald

Contact Ambassador Coordinators Michael Wald - mwald999@gmail.com or Haiya Feder-Naftali hnaftali@juno.com to express interest in going on this Journey.

Download the pdf flyer for this Journey: Central Israel


Domestic Journeys 2018

Reno/Lake Tahoe club will be our hosts for a Domestic  Journey. They can host our club - minimum of 12 people/maximum 16 people - Aug 14-21, 2018. Julia Cooper has been appointed the Ambassador Coordinator for this Journey. Contact her at acjc1804@hotmail.com if you are interested.

Applications are now being accepted for this Journey - deadline to apply - May 12.


An inbound Journey is also being arranged from Southern New Jersey for dates TBD in 2019.


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.


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/

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 will be a conference with several areas, including our Southwest Conference, combined.
This SUPER CONFERENCE will take place in Cincinnati the weekend of April 20-21, 2018:

Cincinnati, OH - April 20-22, 2018
This meeting will replace our Southwest Conference and will include three provinces:

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

Please join the Friendship Force of Greater Cincinnati for the Great Lakes 2018 Super Conference. Arrive at 2:00 pm on Friday for the “Executive Board” meeting and depart on Sunday at 11:00 am after the “Farewell Breakfast.”

The clubs of Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan are planning many special activities. Louisville and Dayton will have home hosting before and Cincinnati is planning home hosting after. Cincinnati was once called the “Queen City of the West.” Come and see all the special attractions in both Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky.

Please let our president Julia Cooper know if you plan to go. The Cincinnati Club would like to have an idea of how many are coming.


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
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