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These 2013-2014 programs represent some of the many places that you can experience and grow your global circle of friends. You may join an exchange with another club from your own country if they have room for you. To join another club’s exchange, contact the Exchange Director (ED) from that club as soon as possible. 

Remember that many exchange are canceled 90 days previous to the beginning date if there are not enough interested people. So if you are interested in an exchange, please make your interest known to the exchange director well in advance of the exchange, if possible. Once a minimum number is attained, more people can often be added.

More trips are added periodically, so check back here if you don't see what you want right now. Some of the following exchanges depart from the United States but are open to all Ambassadors.

NOTE: Festivals and "Discover" trips often do not include homestays or offer limited homestays only.

Our newest list from FFI does not have complete information on each exchange. For those exchanges wiith little information,  please see the FFI World of Friends Catalog for a list of all exchanges with openings: 
http://www2.thefriendshipforce.org/catalog/ffi_listonly.aspx.

See http://www3.thefriendshipforce.org/downloads/2017_All_Exchanges.pdf for a listing of all exchanges.


 Journey Opportunities


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For details on any of these exchanges, please contact the Exchange Director directly. If the exchange has a # symbol, please see the FFI World of Friends Catalog for a list of all exchanges with openings: 
https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/

Please forward this exchange information to your friends and others interested in participating as a Friendship Force Ambassador. If you would like to be added to the Friendship Force International mailing list to receive e-mail updates on exchange opportunities, please send your name, postal address, and e-mail address to ffi@thefriendshipforce.org

More opportunities are added as they are received.

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USA


Western Washington Outdoor Adventure
July 23, 2018 – July 30, 2018
Cost $440 USD includes: FFI and host fees, seven night homestay, kayak, paddleboard, and bike rentals, swimming fee, snacks, water, picnic dinner, farewell dinner, museum, transportation to hikes, lunch in Tenino, dinner at Farm to Table restaurant, Boston Harbor, pub, and other miscellaneous fees. Activity level: challenging.
Contact Coordinator: Pat MacLachlan - patkayaker@comcast.net

Outdoor activities in Olympia, WA area including:
- Kayak/paddle board, swim, hike, and a welcome dinner picnic at Millersylvania State Park.
- Hike above Paradise on Mt. Rainier amidst blooming wild flowers, and gorgeous views of the mountain glaciers and streams.
- Bike 16 miles round trip from Tenino to Rainier on the paved bike trail. Tour the Tenino Depot Historical Museum and town sculptures, visit/swim in the Quarry. Have lunch in Rainier with a stop at the Rainier Mainstreet Cookie Company and complete the day with small group dinners hosted in homes of Olympia Friendship Force Members.
- Hike to the Woodard Bay Conservation Area to view native American and early settler history, shorebirds, and Puget Sound.
- Kayak for two hours out of Boston Harbor on the Sound, ending with a Friday night music and dinner at the Marina.
- Hike at Mt. St. Helens including a visit to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Stop for dinner on the way home at Jeremy's Farm to Table Restaurant in Chehalis.
- Walk the trail and boardwalk through the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, which is the largest undisturbed estuary, to view some of the 275 migrating bird species.
- Possibility of visiting a local brew pub and finishing off the day with a farewell dinner.

See more at https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/western-washington-outdoor-adventure/

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Flathead Valley, Montana
with Penticton-Okanagan, Canada club
September 11 - 18, 2018
Journey #14152
Cost: $320
Contact: Judith Single - judithesingle@gmail.com

Join us on a Journey to the beautiful area of Flathead Valley in Montana. This Journey may include a visit to Kalispell, MT with a tour of Conrad Mansion, a visit a private elk herd, a possible boat cruise, entrance into the Air Museum, and Hungry Horse Dam. Then visit Glacier National Park with its spectacular scenery, thundering waterfalls, and alpine meadows. The cost may fluctuate a bit depending on activities planned.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
with Central Montana club
Journey #14175
September 28 - October 4, 2018
Cost: $250
Contact: Jan Hagen - janshagen7@gmail.com

Raleigh is part of what is known as the Research
Triangle, which includes Chapel Hill and Durham.
Raleigh is home to NC State University, Durham home
to Duke, and Chapel Hill to UNC. We hope to visit two or three of these communities.

Possible activities: Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - a major festival for music, food, and crafts.
Cedar Creek Gallery, a beautiful gallery in the country with lots of pottery, blown glass, and other American crafts.
Trolley Tour (an hour of a guided tour of downtown historic areas), with free time to browse museums
A tour of the Governor's Mansion (depending on availability)
Hunt Library, lunch on campus at NCSU, tour world-class art museum in Raleigh

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A Walk Through History: Experience the Authentic American Indian and Spanish Culture of the Southwest October 1 - 14, 2018

Visit Phoenix, Tucson, Hopi, Navajo, Pima, and Maricopa reservations with tribal guides and other places.
Cost: $1800 USD includes FFI and host fees, transportation, tours, admissions, most meals, all lodging (eight-night homestay and five nights on reservations or in hotels.) Optional one/two day trip to Grand Canyon available.
Contact: Jim and Catherine Trapp, FF Central Arizona - cat7379@gmail.com
See Catalog

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East Coast Super Regional Conference in Charleston, SC
November 7 - 9, 2018
Price: $200 (early bird by July 15)
$225 (regular price)
Contact Allison Lindsey - allison@friendshipforce.org / 404-965-4342

The Conference Committee for the East Coast Super
Regional Conference would like to invite you to our conference! Clubs from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States, the Southeast and Florida Clubs will gather together in Charleston, SC, November 7 - 9, to share information and ideas. Visit with old friends and meet new ones all while enjoying the beauty and culture of Charleston, SC.

Schedule Overview:
Wednesday, Nov 7:
Arrival Day, Presidents Meeting 4 - 6PM,
Dinner out together at local restaurants

Thursday, Nov 8:
Plenaries & Workshops from 8AM - 4PM,
Dinner at 7:00 with Keynote speaker, Tina Singleton of
Transformation Table (www.transformationtable.com)

Friday, Nov 9:
Plenaries & Workshops from 8AM - 12PM
Notes: Conference fee includes dinner on Thursday night with our Keynote speaker, Tina Singleton of Transformation Table. Additional tickets can be purchased for $50 each.
Conference Website: https://eastcoastffconference.weebly.com/schedule.htm
To register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfyw1ilteF3qaUCAYoeE4XwIH3VyaNPtYKuUX50nyiWuLbhAg/viewform

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Edmonton Area and Lethbridge, Canada
with Connecticut club
August 12 - 26, 2018
Price: $900
Journey #14283
Contact: Paul and Pat Trotta - pltrotta@gmail.com
Spaces Available: 6

Please join us to visit our neighbors in Edmonton and Lethbridge in Canada. Edmonton is the capital of Alberta Province. Highlights of visit include the Ukrainian heritage Village, a tour of the Capitol, theFringe Festival and the West Edmonton mall--thelargest North American mall.Lethbridge sits on the doorstep of the Rockies and ourwelcome dinner features a steak roast from nativeAngus beef. We'll visit "Head-Smashed in BuffaloJump" (join us to find more about it!), tour Hutteritecountry, stroll through the authentic Nikka YukoJapanese Gardens and visit a farmer's market.We have 6 spaces available for this Journey. Grab yourspace before they are all gone!

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Medicine Hat, Canada
with FF Western Michigan
Journey #14417
Dates: August 14 - 21, 2018
Price: $500 includes the FFI fee and transportation to and from Calgary airport to Medicine Hat.
There is an opportunity for an add-on stay in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, located in the spectacular Canadian Rockies for 3 nights.
Contact: Marcia Ellis. ellism@wmich.edu
Optional Extension: Banff National Park

Join us in the sunniest city in Canada next August! We will have a one week Journey meeting the friendly people of Medicine Hat. There are over 100 km (62 mi) of walking trails in the city. All of the major parks are linked by the extensive trail system.

The bizarre sandstone formations of nearby Red Rock Coulee Natural Area will make you feel like you’re on a Star Wars set. The Medalta pottery made in the Historic Clay District was once shipped around the world.
The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre is a marvel of contemporary Canadian architecture on traditional Blackfoot territory, just steps from the South Saskatchewan River. From its rooftop terrace, you can see Saamis, the shoreline escarpment which is the setting for the story of how Medicine Hat got its name.
Medicine Hat started as a railroad town.

Please email to ellism@wmich.edu by May 30 if you are interested in joining us in Canada!

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Ontario Outdoor Adventure
September 5 -  20, 2018
16 Days / 15 Nights Program
Cost: $850 USD includes: FFI and host fees, transportation between clubs, most dinners, tours, and the cost of activities and equipment rentals.
Contact Coordinator: Heather Oliver, FF Greater Hamilton and Burlington - holiver@cogeco.ca

Are you an outdoors-oriented person? Would you like to experience a diverse range of outdoor experiences in various parts of beautiful Ontario, Canada? If so, we have the Journey for you! The clubs of Greater Hamilton and Burlington, Niagara, and Haliburton invite ambassadors from around the world to join together in friendship and participate in this global Journey, “Ontario Outdoor Adventure” in September 2018. You will experience adventurous activities including bicycling, boating, and hiking, as well as enjoying the town and country scenery and culture of each of these three areas of Ontario. Activity level: Challenging

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Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia
Journey #14074
August 1 - 10, 2018
Cost: $1,900
Contact: Oyuna Sengeeva - oyuna@friendshipforce.org

August 1-5: You will be home-hosted by FF Moscow, and you see the main attractions around the city
August 5-10: You will stay in a hotel in St. Petersburg enjoying the attractions around the city
Average mobility requirements include walking between one and three miles per day and prolonged standing in museums and similar venues.
Estimated hotel costs are based on double-occupancy. Add $195 USD for single occupancy in the St. Petersburg hotel

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Leicestershire, UK & Norderstedt, Germany
with Greater Cincinnati club
August 29 - September 12, 2018
Journey #14200
Price: $1,030 includes fees and air transportation between Leicestershire and Norderstedt
Contact: Sandra Small - 41011sandra@gmail.com

Please join us as we travel to two historic European regions. We will begin our Journey with a one-week homestay in Leicestershire. With this fun-loving host club, we will visit sites you have read about in history books: the home of Lady Jane Grey, the “battlefield” where Richard III met his doom, Leicester Cathedral, Donington Hall, (which puts Downton Abbey to shame), and Foxton Locks. The visit includes a day trip to Lincoln to see the Lincoln Cathedral and Castle (including the Magna Carta) and opportunities to enjoy one of England’s greatest traditions, afternoon tea. After we depart from Leicestershire, we will be hosted by the club in Norderstedt, Germany, for a one-week homestay. They have promised a rousing game of Bosseln (similar to field-style Klootschieten) in a local park. Two days will be spent enjoying the beautifully rebuilt city of Hamburg and its harbor. Participants will also have the opportunity to see the NordArt exhibition. NordArt is one of the largest contemporary art exhibits in Eur pe and features painting, sculpture, photography, and other art installations from over 200 artists, all set in an historical iron foundry and extensive park grounds.

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Bicycle Tour Through the Ruhr Valley
September 7 - 14, 2018
Journey Number 14263
Cost: $830 USD includes: FFI and host fees, bike rental, and three nights in three different hotels on bike trip (double rooms). Participants will pay for their own food and drinks for the 4 days of the tour (not included in cost). This way, everyone can eat and drink according to budget and needs. Possibly not everyone can be home-hosted on the arrival night and night 6 & 7, so there might be extra cost for these nights for accommodation.
Contact: Anke Schweigert - anke.schweigert@yahoo.de

Spend four days cycling across the Ruhr region of Germany. Despite its large population, there are great woodlands, nature reserves, river valleys, channels, and water expanses that make popular excursion destinations. Bond with your new friends while you bike between destinations on this Journey for fit ambassadors! The luggage can be transported by a van that will be driven by a Metropole Ruhr member

15 Spaces Remaining / Activity Level: Active Challenging. Must be a good cyclist, distance to cycle every day is 50-70 km. You will start in the morning after breakfast, with possible detours from main route to points of interest or for lunch. Arrival in hotel at 6 pm.
See more at: https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/bicycle-tour-through-the-ruhr-valley/?utm_source=Complete+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=25c9ad59c0-APRIL_CATALOG_EMAIL&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5feca96946-25c9ad59c0-86901893

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Art and Trains in Switzerland
October 19 - 26, 2018
See Catalog.

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Discover Hungary
September 20 - 26, 2018
7 Days / 6 Nights
Meet three different Hungarian clubs all in one week, (day-hosted in Budapest and Pécs, home-hosted in Székesfehérvár)!
Contact: Krisztina Balogh - kriszta.b70@gmail.com

Cost: $1300 USD includes: The price is an estimate. Included are FFI fees, two nights in a hotel in Budapest (exact price after the hotel is arranged), four-night homestay with FF Székesfehérvár, Budapest Card for getting around in Budapest, dinner cruise on the Danube in Budapest, entrance fees to the sights, some lunches, and minibus rental to get to the different destinations every day from the base in Székesfehérvár.
Activities include: a stroll in the city centre of Budapest with the help of either the Budapest club members or the Székesfehérvár members. Sights include Vaci Street, Vorosmarty Square, The Danube bank-promenade, and Saint Stephen Basilica
Travel to Balatonfured to see Lake Balaton, the biggest freshwater lake in Central Europe
Visit a Unesco World Heritage site, the Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma, and taste five different wines produced in the abbey winery
Relax at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest

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Discover Iceland and Northern Lights
November 1 - 5, 2018
Journey Number 14438
5 Days / 4 Nights
Contact: Tracy Harrell, FFI - finance@friendshipforce.org

Join this incredible Discovery Journey to Reykjavík, Iceland with high hopes of viewing the magnificent Northern Lights! With the small group size, you will really get to know your fellow ambassadors, and interaction with locals is an integral part of the adventure. We intend to cultivate these meetings with local professionals and tradesmen to create new Friendship Force clubs and members in Iceland where there have previously been none.
Home Hospitality. Though there is no home-hosting on this Journey, we intend to spread the FFI mission to cultivate Friendship Force clubs and members where there have previously been none.

Cost: $3080 USD includes: Transfer from airport to hotel, Blue Lagoon Comfort Entry including use of Towel, Silica Mud Mask and first drink of your choice, Private Reykjavík City Walk guided tour, two nights standard category accommodation in Reykjavík City; including breakfast, two-night standard category accommodation in Hveragerði; including breakfast (private bathrooms), three-day privately guided tour including pickup and drop-off at accommodations, one evening of privately guided Northern Lights Hunting, local geothermally-powered pizzeria and brewery visit, including pizza buffet and beer-tasting, LAVA Iceland Volcano & Earthquake Center visit (exhibition and cinema), Laugarvatnshellar - Visit the Cave people, transfer to airport.

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Discover Mongolia and Siberia
August 1 - August 15, 2019
Journey Number 15171
20Spaces Remaining; Easy
Cost: $2500 USD includes: FFI and host fees, transportation between Mongolia and Ulan-Ude (round trip), all meals while traveling, and official dinners.
Contact: Oyuna Sengeeva, FFI - oyunadeangelis@gmail.com

This Journey will introduce you to two completely different countries and cultures in a matter of just 15 days! Week one is in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, and during the second week you will be in Ulan-Ude, Russia. Highlights will include sleeping in a ger camp, visits to Mongolian national parks, temples and museums, and the biggest statue of Chinggis Khan. In Ulan-Ude, you can look forward to visiting a Buddhist temple, spending some time on the shores of Lake Baikal, and getting a taste of Buryat national cuisine. Homehosting in Ulaanbaatar.
See more at: https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/discover-mongolia-and-siberia/?utm_source=Complete+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=25c9ad59c0-APRIL_CATALOG_EMAIL&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5feca96946-25c9ad59c0-86901893

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Discover Jordan
October 30 - November 8, 2018
$2750 USD includes:ncludes: FFI fees, transportation to all listed locations in a tour bus (all days except Days 4 and 5 in Orjan village where transportation will be handled locally), a professional English-speaking guide on touring days, (does not include Orjan village, where a local host will accompany you for your activities), entrance to all listed sites and activities, listed accommodations (based on sharing a double room and availability at the time of booking), listed meals, tips for drivers and guides, and Visa fees to Jordan. (You must provide scanned copies of your passports before your arrival.)
Contact: Matthew Nidek, FFI - matthew@friendshipforce.org

This 10-day FFI Discover Jordan Journey includes three nights in local homes, olive picking with farmers, a cultural event at a Dead Sea village, and guided tours of some of Jordan’s most magnificent sites. Join us to experience daily life in this fascinating country! Visit Amman, Jerash, Wadi Rum, Petra, village of Ghor al Mazra’a on the southern shore of the Dead Sea, Bethany, Mt. Nebo, St. George's Church, one night of camping.

See more: https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/discover-jordan/

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Aichi and Oita, Japan
with Wisconsin-Madison club
October 27 - November 10, 2018
Journey #14187
Cost: $1,400
Contact: Kathy Speck Kemeny - kspeckemeny@gmail.com

If you are intrigued by Japanese culture, this 15-day/14-night home-hosted Journey will give you an excellent opportunity to explore the rich heritage of two different regions of the country: Aichi Prefecture (Oct. 27 - Nov. 3) and Oita Prefecture (Nov. 3 - 10). Ambassadors will meet with their hosts at Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya, in the early afternoon of Oct. 27. The next six days will take us to several museums of this highly industrialized region, (including the Toyota Museum of Industry and Technology, Noritake China/Porcelain Museum, Seki Samurai Sword Museum, and the Tofu Factory); to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture by charter bus tour; to Japanese Gardens, Shinto Shrines, Buddhist Temples, and to ancient Inuyama Castle.

On Nov. 3, we will fly from Nagoya to Kumamoto, from where a charter bus will transfer us to Taketa, Oita Prefecture. During this second week we will experience a Japanese thermal bath (Onsen); walk around the geoth thermal areas of Beppu; walk in kimonos on the streets of Kitsuki; enjoy a Japanese tea ceremony; marvel at the colors of autumn while hiking in Kuju Highlands; visit a Sake Brewery; and meet with junior high school students to learn about each other's cultures.

There will be a free day during each week to do optional activities with your host. The host clubs will also have welcome and farewell events for us. Our program will conclude on Nov. 10, when a charter bus will take us from Taketa back to the airport in Kumamoto. From that point ambassadors will have the chance to either continue traveling to other regions of Japan on their own, or they can return to Nagoya and return to the United States.

Please join us for this fascinating Journey to Japan!
Spaces Available: 5

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Global Journey - Climate Change
FFI Kampala, Uganda in Africa
July 9 - 16, 2018

Greetings from the members of Friendship force Kampala club. We plan a global conference in Uganda on the how climate change has impacted on the cultural heritage and tourism with the great North western safari of the pearl of Africa.
You will find the information regarding the event soon this coming week.
Contact: Fredrick Bombo, Club President - Charles Fredrick - charlesfriendship@gmail.com

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Cairo, Egypt (Petra & Israel) with Greater Atlanta club
Journey #14199
October 17 - November 5, 2018
Cost: $3,815
Contact: John Wilhelm - jgwilhelm1961@gmail.com

7-day homestay in Cairo that will include a day trip to Alexandria, visit to the Pyramids in Giza, visit to the Egyptian History Museum, and other local venues.
Post-stay: Fly to Aswan and board a river boat. We will cruise the Nile for 3 days and visit Kom Ombo, Edfu, the Valley of Kings, and arrive at Luxor. We will fly to Amman, Jordan and travel to Petra during our 2 days there.

We conclude our Journey with a 6-day stay in Israel. We will visit Jerusalem (old & new city), Bethlehem, Nazareth, Golan Heights, Sea of Galilee, and other towns. We depart from Tel Aviv to return home. Included in Post Journey Tour:●

Includes: All accommodations at 4-star hotels including daily breakfast.
All sightseeing tours; including transportation by A/C comfortable mini-van, English speaking escort and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Local professional guides.
- Flight tickets from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Amman.
- 4 days/3 nights Nile cruise on 5-star cruise ship including; accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Sightseeing tours during the cruise.
- Horse ride for 800 meters in Petra.

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Discover Morocco with FF Fort Worth
November 1 - 15, 2018
Cost: $2290 USD includes: FFI and host fees, a tour of Morocco including 10 nights of four-star hotel accommodation, most meals – (10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 9 dinners), air-conditioned transportation, an English speaking guide, excursions in Volubilis, Meknes, and Day in the Life, entrance fees to historical sites, portage tips for bag, a four-night homestay including meals with the host families, a wedding party in a venue including a music band, a henna maker, Moroccan pastries, tea and drinks, and traditional clothing for the couple of ambassadors playing the bride and groom, dinner in a restaurant in Rabat and lunch in a restaurant in Ifrane.
Additional Cost Options: Single room supplement: $547 Desert Sunset Option 1: $35 per person Desert Berber Tent Options 2: $60 per person Transfers to/from airport if the arrival is different than the main group: $45 for 1 to 5 people, $65 for 6 to 9. 8 spaces remaining
Contact: Linda Doyle - ljdoyle@wildblue.net

This exciting Journey is a combination of a tour and a homestay (Azrou and Rabat), which will give you a great overview and understanding of Morocco. You will not only visit some world-famous sites, you will also get to experience the Moroccan way of life and hospitality and get to spend time with locals, learning about their culture and traditions, the kind of firsthand immersion that only Friendship Force provides!
Meet, converse, and interact with Moroccans from all social levels from officials, to activists and association leaders, to women's cooperative members and more, all while you will enjoy the Moroccan-style of hospitality!

Includes: Visit the impressive Hassan II mosque in Casablanca;
Have a drink at a very special cafe/restaurant aboard a traditional Dhow boat;
Explore the 2000-year-old Roman ruins at the city of Volubilis;
Embark on a guided tour of Meknes, one of Morocco’s Imperial cities;
Take a guided tour of the medina of Fes, with narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco;
Learn about the Berber history and lifestyle at the Mid Atlas Berber culture museum;
Explore the city of Ifrane, known as “The Little Switzerland;"
See the natural beauty of the Middle Atlas Mountains and the Tondra Gorges;
Check out the Jemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech which comes alive at night with storytellers, entertainers, and mouth-watering barbecue pits.
 
See more at: https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/discover-morocco/?utm_source=Complete+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=25c9ad59c0-APRIL_CATALOG_EMAIL&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5feca96946-25c9ad59c0-86901893 If you are interested, here is where you find out more:
Morocco-FW-2018.pdf
Morocco-FW-prices.pdf
MoroccoTour-FW.pdf

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Discover Kenya with FF Whidbey Island
November 2 - 9, 2018 Home hosting in Nairobi 8 Days / 7 Nights Cost; $1045 USD Includes FFI and host fees, transfer upon arrival, five-night homestay, welcome & farewell parties, return train fares from Nairobi to Mombasa, three nights double-occupancy in a five-star hotel (local rating) in Mombasa, two lunches in Mombasa, drinking water throughout, and visits and activities as per the itinerary.
Contact: Shirley Hauck - vhauck@whidbey.net

Activities include:
Discover the rich heritage of Kenya, in the both the capital city of Nairobi and in Mombasa, a coastal city and the second largest in the country.
Fort Jesus
Tour of Mombasa Old Town
Bamburi Nature Trail
Nairobi city tour
Kiambethu Tea Farm
View the Great Rift Escarpment
Shopping at Village Market

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CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA

Campinas and Piracicaba, Brazil
July 16 - 29, 2018
Journey Number 14114
14 Days / 13 Nights
Cost: $1000 USD includes: FFI and host fees, most meals, transfer from Piracicaba to Campinas. Does not include airfare and transfer from Campinas Airport.
Coordinator: Tugrul Sahbaz, FF Guzelbahce
Contact: sahbaz_2000@yahoo.com

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Turrialba, Costa Rica with Houston/Georgetown
September 10 – 17, 2018
Journey # 14173
Cost: $399 + airfare and travel insurance
Contact: Evelyn Barringer (Georgetown) - evelyn@barringers.net

See flyer and respond ASAP if interested

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Discover Costa Rica
October 10 - 20, 2018
Cost: $1920 USD includes FFI and host fees, tour, hotels, entrance fees, transportation for eight days; seven breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner.
Contact: edward perez - erperez54@acm.org
Application deadline is Fri Jul 6. If accepted, $1000 deposit is due Tue Jul 10 and final balance is due Fri Aug 10.

I will be leading a Discover Journey to Costa Rica from Wednesday October 10 through Saturday October 20. Come get to see and know the best of Costa Rica - its people, its food, and its scenery. You will meet a lot of "Ticos" (a colloquial term for a native of Costa Rica) during a seven day tour and three days of home-hosting by members of FF West Alajuela.

If you are interested, more info and inquire via this FFI webpage - https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/discover-costa-rica/ (click on "Interested in this Journey")
You can apply via this FFI webpage - https://tinyurl.com/ffi2CostaRica2018-application

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Discover the Slave Trade History in Post-Colonial Guadeloupe
October 26 - November 3, 2018
9 Days / 8 Nights Program
Cost: $807 USD includes: All meals as per our day-to-day program, Welcome & Farewell party, boat trip to the island of Marie-Galante, entry fees to all monuments and museums mentioned in the program, and explanations from professional guides in French, with the assistance of an English translator. Activity level: Moderately Challenging
Contact Coordinator: Paul P. Meyjes - meyjes@intersolidaris.com

The French Caribbean is not just beautiful. Its status as part of Europe gives it the wealth of France while retaining its Caribbean culture. Guadeloupe’s history in particular – which includes an early abolition of slavery in the late 1700s – has remained relatively authentic. It is neither overly Europeanized nor unduly dominated by tourism. Our hosts will therefore be able to provide ambassadors with insights into a remarkable past, as well as a unique appreciation for the continued relevance thereof.

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Fortaleza and the Amazon Village, Brazil
November 7 - 19, 2018
Journey # 14437
13 Days / 12 Nights Program and Itinerary:
Cost: $1500 USD includes: FFI and host fees, Fortaleza homestay, lunches, and tours, internal flight from Fortaleza to Manaus, airport/hotel transfers in Manaus, breakfasts, lunches, dinner, hotel and overnights. Dinner on Nov. 14 in Manaus not included. International airfare not included. Price based on 20 ambassadors; subject to change if fewer total ambassadors.
Contact: Thiago Fabio - thiago.fbio@hotmail.com

20 Spaces Remaining

Ambassadors will have a unique opportunity to stay in the homes of Friendship Force club of Fortaleza to experience the rich, diverse, and inclusive culture that the North and Northeast of Brazil are known for.
Ambassadors will also have the chance to stay in a village within the Amazon Forest...an experience that not even many Brazilians have participated in! This Journey is going to be fantastic!
Visit natives to spot birds, monkeys, and even some alligators!
Visit Canoa Quebrada, an extraordinary place with its stunning cliffs and fresh breeze. You can even have a hand gliding tour there and see that beautiful landscape from a totally new perspective.

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Bogota, Quito, Galapagos - with Greater Atlanta club
April 16, 2019

Imagine a week in Bogota, Colombia with a host family. Imagine four days in Quito, Ecuador. Imagine six days exploring the Galápagos Islands. Imagine an optional extension to the Amazon Basin. Yes, all of this as one Journey starting in Bogota on April 26, 2019. Bonnie Evans is the journey director of this amazing adventure and a bucket list travel dream. The people you will meet will be unforgettable. The places you see will be with you forever. The adventures you will so will keep you young and make your life exciting. There are only 5 slots left open.

Please Bonnie if you would like all the details, costs and itinerary.
Bonnie Evans - Journey Director for Bogota/Quito/Galapagos - kbemje@bellsouth.net
 
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Discover the Biodiversity of Southwestern Australia
October 8 - October 19, 2018
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Napier, Hamilton & Waikato, New Zealand
with Northeast Ohio club
October 27 - November 15, 2018
Journey #14219
Cost: $2,418 includes three nights in Auckland with sightseeing, transportation to Napier, Hamilton and back to Auckland, FFI and host fees.
Contact: Mark Binnig - markbin@juno.com
 
Our Journey starts on October 29 in Auckland where we will spend a couple of days sightseeing. Then we fly to the seaside resort town of Napier where we will be hosted by the local FF club. Our visit may include beaches, wine trails, Maori meeting houses, and rainforests.

After we leave our friends in Napier, we will travel by bus to Hamilton, where we will meet our hosts, the FF of Hamilton and Waikato. Hamilton is the largest inland city in New Zealand and the Hamilton Gardens are listed in “101 Gardens You Must See Before You Die.” Hamilton is also near the geysers and hot springs of Rotorua.

After our visit with FF Hamilton and Waikato, ambassadors can either travel by bus back to Auckland or embark on their own personal adventures.

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Discover Trips have been organized to take groups to areas where Friendship Force wishes to establish clubs. They are open to Friendship Force members from any country. Ambassadors stay in hotels but meet with local people interested in forming new clubs.

Global Exchanges are open to all FF members around the world.
(See FFI World of Friends Catalog for a list of all exchanges with openings: 
http://www2.thefriendshipforce.org/catalog/ffi_listonly.aspx.)

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Discover the Biodiversity of Southwestern Australia
October 8 - October 19, 2018
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Discover the Slave Trade History in Post-Colonial Guadeloupe
October 26 - November 3, 2018
9 Days / 8 Nights Program
Cost: $807 USD includes: All meals as per our day-to-day program, Welcome & Farewell party, boat trip to the island of Marie-Galante, entry fees to all monuments and museums mentioned in the program, and explanations from professional guides in French, with the assistance of an English translator. Activity level: Moderately Challenging
Contact Coordinator: Paul P. Meyjes - meyjes@intersolidaris.com

The French Caribbean is not just beautiful. Its status as part of Europe gives it the wealth of France while retaining its Caribbean culture. Guadeloupe’s history in particular – which includes an early abolition of slavery in the late 1700s – has remained relatively authentic. It is neither overly Europeanized nor unduly dominated by tourism. Our hosts will therefore be able to provide ambassadors with insights into a remarkable past, as well as a unique appreciation for the continued relevance thereof.

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Discover Jordan
October 30 - November 8, 2018
$2750 USD includes:ncludes: FFI fees, transportation to all listed locations in a tour bus (all days except Days 4 and 5 in Orjan village where transportation will be handled locally), a professional English-speaking guide on touring days, (does not include Orjan village, where a local host will accompany you for your activities), entrance to all listed sites and activities, listed accommodations (based on sharing a double room and availability at the time of booking), listed meals, tips for drivers and guides, and Visa fees to Jordan. (You must provide scanned copies of your passports before your arrival.)
Contact Coordinator: Matthew Nidek, FFI - matthew@friendshipforce.org

This 10-day FFI Discover Jordan Journey includes three nights in local homes, olive picking with farmers, a cultural event at a Dead Sea village, and guided tours of some of Jordan’s most magnificent sites. Join us to experience daily life in this fascinating country! Visit Amman, Jerash, Wadi Rum, Petra, village of Ghor al Mazra’a on the southern shore of the Dead Sea, Bethany, Mt. Nebo, St. George's Church, one night of camping.

See more: https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/discover-jordan/

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Humanitarian Missions/Volunteer

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

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

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Global Journey - Climate Change
FFI Kampala, Uganda in Africa
July 9 - 16, 2018.
Greetings from the members of Friendship force Kampala club. We plan a global conference in Uganda on the how climate change has impacted on the cultural heritage and tourism with the great North western safari of the pearl of Africa.
You will find the information regarding the event soon this coming week.
Contact: Fredrick Bombo, Club President - Charles Fredrick - charlesfriendship@gmail.com

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Language School

Friendship Force International has an exclusive partnership with MyLanguageExchange.com, and it’s a great match. On www.MyLanguageExchange.com, you can practice a new language by communicating with a native speaker through online voice chats, text chats or email - great assets to take with you when you travel the world. Consider joining My Language Exchange to start practicing a new language before your next exchange. Friendship Force conducts a small number of language-learning themed exchanges every year. Read more about them on the FFI website, or contact Kathy Thomas for more information: kthomas@thefriendshipforce.org.

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Dave Kalan: As the Exchange Director for the USA Eco-Exchange, I invite you to consider and promote our eco-exchanges as they are introduced.

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See additional special exchanges in USA, Europe.


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

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

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See our website and the FFI website for other places you can go. Remember you can join other clubs if they have room for you. If you see a Journey that interests you, be sure to contact the Coordinator as soon as possible, as trips may fill up, or they may cancel if those in charge don't have enough people and don't know about your interest.https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/.

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Phone and fax: 214- 699-7574 
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