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What are Journeys? Journeys for 2019 Journeys for 2020
Southwest Conferences Cape of Good Hope - out Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Super Conference - 2018 Denver - in Domestic Journeys
International Conference 2019 Pre-Conference Homestay - in More Information
Other Clubs Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Outbound World Journey Recuiter
2019 Festival at Sea Madison, Wisconsin - Outbound Travel Insurance
     

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

March 21-27, 2019
COMPLETED

One week homestay with Cape of Good Hope Club. Sightseeing - Stellenbosch wine country, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Boulder Beach penguin colony, Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope, cable car to Table Mountain, harbor area, downtown walk and museum, BoKaap, teabag factory. Optional trip to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned - ferry ride on our free day.


           

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

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

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:
https://wetu.com/Itinerary/Overview/66bee7ff-7fce-4e4f-82fe-1d0a7750ae5e


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.

See a report and photos from this trip in the
May 2019 Newsletter.

Capetown, South Africa region

    

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FF Denver Inbound
May 1-8, 2019

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








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Pre-Conference Hosting - Inbound
J
uly 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. Pat and Mary Latham will host for this short stay.


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Journey to Madison, Wisconsin
September 25 - Oct 1 and/or
Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Outbound

October 1-7, 2019

Edward Perez has been appointed Ambassador Coordinator.

I invite you to join me, other FF Dallas members, and members of the FF Aichi, Japan club for a multi-club & multi-cultural journey to Madison, Wis and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Let's explore and experience the Upper Midwest and make new Japanese and Midwestern friends! (by the way, FF Cedar Rapids will be hosting Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 2020 - as will FF Dallas!)

Dates:
  Madison - arrive Wed Sep 25, depart Tue Oct 1
  Cedar Rapids - arrive Tue Oct 1 afternoon/evening, depart Mon Oct 7

Revised Journey Fee:
The journey fee is as follows (includes hosting, FFI fee, one FFD administrative, one contingency,  one JC Earned Seat). If there are any changes to these fees, I'll let you know as soon as I can.
  Madison only: $350 (Sep 25 - Oct 1)
  Cedar Rapids only: $310 (Oct 1 - 7)
  Both clubs: $560 (Sep 25 - Oct 7)
  MEDICAL COVERAGE/INSURANCE IS REQUIRED.
  TRAVEL INSURANCE IS OPTIONAL BUT RECOMMENDED.

Note: All fees are generally refundable if you cancel 60+ days in advance. Host club and FFI fees are not refundable if you cancel within 59 days or less of the journey. The administrative and Earned Seat fees are non-refundable if you cancel AFTER acceptance on the Journey. Any unused contingency fees are refundable. See application form for more details.

Application:
  Send completed application w/ your $250 deposit by June 29, 2019
 (Link to application)

Availability:
  Since this is a combined journey of two clubs, there are about 10 spaces for FF Dallas ambassadors.

Transfer plan:
  Madison - arrive Wed Sep 25, depart Tue Oct 1
  Cedar Rapids - arrive Tue Oct 1 afternoon/evening, depart Mon Oct 7
  The Madison folks will drive the ambassadors to Dubuque, Iowa where the Cedar Rapids folks will
  meet us for lunch. Then they'll drive us to Cedar Rapids.
 
If you JUST go to Cedar Rapids, please PLAN TO ARRIVE ON SEPT 29 to meet everyone else in Dubuque, Iowa on Oct 1)

Madison & Cedar Rapids can each host 20 - shared between Aichi and Dallas. Aichi currently has 9 or 10 ambassadors ready to journey, so Dallas has about 10-11 available. If there are more FF Dallas folks than either club can accommodate, I'll use FFD's "Oversubscribed Exchanges" policy (see p. 36 in your FFD Yearbook).

Health & Mobility:
  Sounds like a normal journey - able to handle your own luggage, walking (up to 2-3 miles but in
  stages), standing as we tour museums and sites, and of course, making new friends! If I find out
  anything new, I'll let you all know.

Transportation:
ESTIMATED airfare from Dallas to Madison and Cedar Rapids to Dallas:
  - American Airlines $350-415 (non-stops; lower fare has restrictions)
  - Frontier $220 (to Madison via Denver; to Dallas via Denver with an OVERNIGHT there)
  - Southwest does not fly to Madison or Cedar Rapids; they do fly to Des Moines, IA.

You can also drive to and from the Midwest - maybe share a ride with another FFD-er?

Application:
Print out and fill out the Journey Application.
You can apply just for Cedar Rapids or just for Madison OR you can apply for both clubs!!
BE SURE TO INDICATE WHICH CLUB(S) ON YOUR APPLICATION OR IN YOUR COMMUNICATION TO ME.

Then send application and your $250 per person deposit by June 29, 2019 to:
  edward perez
  9511 Liptonshire Dr.
  Dallas TX 75238
  Email = erperez@acm.org
  Soon after that date, I will let applicants know if they're accepted or wait-listed.

Madison's tentative program:
+ Sep 25 Wed
Arrive in Madison, Wis.
EPIC tour for early arrivals
Meet host family & dinner

+ Sep 26 Thu
Governor’s mansion, proclamations
Lunch on your own
Tour capitol
Welcome party

+ Sep 27 Fri
New Life Lavender farm & Cherry orchard tour
Lunch
Wollersheim winery tour
Home Hosted dinners

+ Sep 28 Sat
Free Day - options
Farmer’s Market
Pep Rally before Badger game with Northwestern
Ambassadors take hosts to dinner

+ Sep 29 Sun
Lake Monona Cruise on "Betty Lou" includes lunch buffet
Light supper by hosts

+ Sept 30 Mon
Monroe Cheese Museum
Hotel lunch
New Glarus Historical village
Farewell Party Tenney

+ Oct 1 Tue
Drive to Dubuque - Meet FF Cedar Rapids members at Eagle Point Park
Picnic with Cedar Rapids Club

Possible activities the Cedar Rapids club may plan:
  - Hoover Presidential Library
  - Grant Wood studio ("American Gothic" artist)
  - Paramount Theatre, University of Iowa Hancher Performances
  - Amana Colonies (German villages), Field of Dreams is nearby
  - The Hoover Presidential Library (https://hoover.archives.gov/)

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Journeys 2020

Inbound - Taiwan


The date of our international Inbound Journey for 2020 has now been substantially changed. We will be hosting Kaohsiung, Taiwan, which had been planned for June. This has now been changed for them to arrive in Dallas on September 11 and leave on September 18. Be sure to mark that on your calendar and remove any notes about June. They will also be going to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in August, from there to Salvador-Bahia and Fortaleza, Brazil. From Brazil they will come to Dallas. It will be busy trip for them and we made this change to accommodate their schedule. We are looking for a Journey Coordinator for the Taiwan visit, so if you are interested or would like to know more, please contact Ray Enstam at enstam@sbcglobal.net.

We did not receive any international outbound journey assignments for 2020. We are on the waiting list should anything becomes available. In the meantime, the Board is looking for open spaces on other Journeys that could accommodate a group from our club.

Domestic Journeys

Sharri McIntosh is exploring possible inbound and outbound trips with other American clubs. Updates will appear here as arrangements are made for 2020. If you have ideas or contacts with other clubs, please contact Sharri at mcintosh.sharri@gmail.com.

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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.

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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/
https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/

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

ALL ABOARD FOR FRIENDSHIP AND FJORDS!
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:
https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/
See more in the Friendship Force International section.

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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:
   GREAT LAKES
   MIDWEST
   SOUTHWEST

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.

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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