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What are Journeys? Journeys for 2017 International Conferences
Southwest Conferences Guatemala Global Journey Journeys for 2018
World Journey Recuiter Sydney AUS Inbound More Information
Concluded Journeys - 2015-2016 Southern NJ Outbound Travel Insurance
  Saskatoon CAN Outbound Other Clubs
  Birmingham AL Inbound  
  Saskatoon CAN Inbound  

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

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

Come explore the fascinating world of the Mayan culture in the Guatemalan highlands! Although Friendship Force does not currently have any clubs in Guatemala, we will “serve the cause of peace” by putting "friendship in action" as we visit organizations that assist several Mayan communities.

During this exchange, we’ll also experience and learn about local traditions, art, languages, historical and current Mayan traditions and customs. We’ll visit 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 will shuttle to Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and spend two nights there. We’ll learn about its history and culture as we take a walking tour through the center of town. After lunch, we’ll go to nearby San Juan Del Obispo to visit Proyecto Luis de Lion (a marimba school & community library) and local artists’ homes and galleries.

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

• Discover the indigenous villages of Lake Atitlan during a boat ride around the lake including local textile workshops
• Visit the market in nearby Chichicastenango
• Enjoy a free day with your choice 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’ll return 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 are so many fantastic activities, sights, and volunteer opportunities on this meaningful exchange! Please consider joining me as we journey through these wonderful cities of Guatemala and see firsthand what a difference our contributions can make.

See more and apply: http://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/index.php/catalog/southamerica_more/discover_guatemala1/
Click here for an itinerary.

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

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

Schedule:
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

Get a pdf file of the Reservation Form here.

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Southern New Jersey Outbound
April 22-29, 2017
CONCLUDED
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

To apply: Complete the Domestic Application Form and send with deposit check of $50 made to Friendship Force Dallas to Julia Cooper, ED  - acjc1804@hotmail.com


See flyer.

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Birmingham, AL Inbound
June 3-9, 2017
CONCLUDED
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.


Schedule

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.

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

Homestay: Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada
Dates: Aug 21-28, 2017
Cost: $425 (does not include transportation to/from Saskatoon)

Reserve: Send Ambassador Application 2016 and deposit check of $100US to Paula Rose made to Friendship Force of Dallas (You can send an undated check and she will notify you  regarding your application and when checks will be dated and deposited).

For more information contact Paula at paularose2000@hotmail.com
There are two mores spaces available on this Journey, though the optional tour to the Rockies is full.

Homestay will include:
• Native World Heritage sites (Wanuskewin Heritage Park)
• Market Day - gourmet delight and crafters market
• Remai Modern Art Gallery - largest collection of Picasso linocut prints
• Western Development Museum - archivist tour behind the scene
• Welcome/farewell parties and time to bond with great Canadian FFers

Click here for a Flyer. Click here for an Ambassador Application.

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

Patty will be looking for committee chairs, home hosts, day hosts, dinner hosts and other volunteers. Let her know you are willing to help.


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.

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2018 Journeys

Dallas Global Journey - Dallas Arts and Architecture
by Felicity Sentance

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.



Outbound Journeys

The outbound Journeys our club requested for 2018 have been assigned:

-  Sydney and Gold Coast, Australia - March/April 2018
Mary Latham has been appointed Ambassador Coordinator and is in contact with them to pin down some dates. She is also planning an optional extension. Let her know what your preferences are if you plan to go: Mary_m_latham@yahoo.com





Israel (Tel Aviv)
Our second Journey, in October of 2018, will be to Central Israel. This is a country we have never visited and has very limited hosting availability. Estimated costs as follows (subject to change):
A home stay (up to 20 Ambassadors) for one week in Tel Aviv, $400 or more; an optional Israeli tour of areas not covered otherwise, $1200; an optional tour to Jordan, $600. Contact Ambassador Coordinators Michael Wald - mwald999@gmail.com or Haiya Feder-Naftali hnaftali@sbcglobal.net to express interest in going on this Journey. More information will be available later.



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Inbound Domestic Journeys

Patty Neimeyer is arranging an outbound Domestic Journey to Reno/Lake Taho for a time suitable for both clubs - TBD after other dates are arranged. It may be postponed until 2019.

An inbound Journey is also being arranged from Southern New Jersey - Dates TBD in 2019.

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International Conference 2017
40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

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.

Download a Flyer: http://www3.thefriendshipforce.org/downloads/Manchester_Flyer.pdf

Online registration now open. See updates on the FFI page.


Please contact Debbie Powell for more information: debbie@friendshipforce.org

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International Conference 2016

This exchange was held from Sep 16-19 in beautiful Marrakesh at the Kenzi Farah Hotel .
The conference featured:
- FFI’s new President and CEO, Jeremi Snook, spoke at his inaugural conference
- Other clubs shared what they are doing with Friendship Force
- A variety of workshops, interactive presentations and leadership training
- Exchange of ideas with friends from around the world
- Delightful music and dance performances, representing the different regions and traditions of Morocco
- Cooking class - a traditional tagine or how to make argan oil
- Morning belly-dancing class
- Workshops, breaks and meals outside under the palm trees (weather permitting)
- Moroccan feast in the 11th century Medina on our optional evening out
- World Bazaar, under the stars in the hotel gardens
- Optional half day tour include navigating the maze of souks and the lively Medina, horse drawn carriage rides through Marrakesh’s impressive gardens, watching the sunrise from a hot-air balloon, a historical journey through the old city and her monuments, 18 holes for the golf enthusiast, riding a mule up to a stunning perched lunch spot in the Atlas mountains, and for the adventurous - a chance to
- Zipline across a 700 foot gorge!
- “World of Friends” gala banquet with high-profile keynote speaker: “Muslim Women in a Changing and Emerging Morocco”
- Pre- and/or post-conference tours were available around Morocco
- Post-conference homestay tour program courtesy of The Friendship Force in Morocco

Delegates from Dallas were Charlene Clements, Jim Kerr and Teresa Wilkin.
Read Charlene's report of the conference in the January 2017 Newsletter.

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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/

http://www2.thefriendshipforce.org/catalog/.
See more in the Friendship Force International section.

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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 is no Conference scheduled for 2017.

In 2018 there will be a conference with several areas, including our Southwest Conference, combined. It will take place in Cincinnati the weekend of April 20-21, 2018.

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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