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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


USA
Canada
Europe  
Middle East/Asia
Africa  
Central/South America (and Caribbean)
Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific
Discover Trips / Global Exchanges
Humanitarian/Volunteer/Mission Projects
Festivals
Special Interests
Eco-adventures
Language school
Cruises

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: 
http://www2.thefriendshipforce.org/catalog/ffi_listonly.aspx.

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


Quilting Mountain Style
May 23 - 31, 2018
FF Western North Carolina: Blue Ridge Mountains, Hendersonville
Cost: $640 USD includes FFI and host fees, transportation, materials for the Journey, all meals, and all admissions.
Contact: Joan Manfree - jcmanfre310@gmail.com

Each ambassador is asked to create a quilting square containing mountains. The finished block size will be sent to ambassadors. The quilter may choose their own colors and use either a quilt pattern or create their own. The squares will be quilted together to form a piece that will be quilted by the group and donated to a local charity. Since this quilt be one that is used and washed, the squares should be made of pieces that are sewn together and can withstand washing.

At the close of the Journey, ambassadors may opt to attend the North Carolina Quilting Symposium May 31 - June 3, 2018, located at the University of North Carolina Asheville Campus. Ambassadors can opt to attend the Symposium for one to four days, depending on workshops and presentations they would like to attend. For information and to get email updates sent to you, go to: www.ashevillequiltguild.org
See Catalog.

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Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley
with FF Central North Carolina
Journey #14349
Dates: June 6 - 12, 2018
Price: $420
Journey Coordinator: Leroy Stokes, lstokes1@northstate.net

Come join us for the excitement at the Portland Rose Parade!
Here’s an overview of the activities:
June 6 - Tour the float building barn to see floats for the Rose Festival Parade in the process of decoration. All floats with covered with plant material only http://sci32.com/home.html. After the tour and dinner depart for Salem, Oregon to meet your hosts.
June 7 - Welcome party at The Thyme Garden - tour of the gardens and fish habitat restoration area, salmon luncheon included. www.thymegarden.com.
June 8 - Tour of the State Capitol, lunch included, and a visit to the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem. www.willametteheritage.org .
June 9 - Bus to Portland for the Rose Festival Parade. www.rosefestival.org. Our reserved seats are inside so that we can enjoy the Queen’s Coronation and the Parade - no sitting on the street curb! After the parade the bus will take us into the Columbia Gorge to see scenic Multnomah Falls.
June 10 - “Wish Day” with small group dinners in the evening.
June 11 - Tour of Talking Water Gardens, led by a project manager for the development, designed to reduce the temperature of the waste water from two communities and a manufacturing plant before it is released into the Willamette River. It is a lovely place to see birds and other wildlife. www.cityofalbany.net/departments/public-works/wastewater/twg.
The rest of the day will be on your own with your hosts.
Farewell party (catered but casual!) is at 5pm in downtown Albany.
June 12 - Departure Day

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Sacramento
with FF San Antonio Friendship  
June 19 - June 26
Cost: $220.00 including FFI fees
Day trips to Lake Tahoe, the redwoods and to an organic farm and winery. Several visits around Sacramento.
Contact: Ronny Lackey - lackeyr@sbcglobal.net

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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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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
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Saskatoon and Lethbridge, Canada with FF Western Colorado
May 30, 2018 – June 11, 2018
13 Days / 12 Nights
Cost: $900 USD
Price Includes: FFI and host fees, coordinators earned seat fee, gifts, and contingency.
Coordinator: Verna Bunn - bunnverna@gmail.com
https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/saskatoon-and-lethbridge-canada/

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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 April 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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Time Travel: Wonders of World History and Culture in Turkey and Georgia
April 19 - May 16, 2018
Cost: $4230 includes: FFI and host fees, group transfer from airport in Istanbul, double-room hotel accommodation en route – per itinerary, four nights in host families in Tbilisi, professional English-speaking tour guide for each city, transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle, two meals a day (breakfast and lunch) (except drinks), and welcome or farewell dinner. Does not include: Individual airport transfer ($25 per person), entrance fees to the sites visited, personal expenses, optional activities, and tips. Please note: This Journey consists of two parts: Turkey and Georgia.

Total cost of the Journey (in USD): $4230 for both parts. If you sign up for individual legs of the Journey, Part One (Turkey) costs $3200 and Part Two (Georgia) costs $1280.
Contact Coordinator: Jim Kerr - judgejwkerr@juno.com

See Catalog

UPDATE: One more place is available.

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Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia
May 27, 2018 – June 5, 2018
7 Days / 6 Nights
Cost: $1467 USD includes: FFI and host fees, including seven days of homestay in Moscow and four days in St. Petersburg, visa application, and several Russian meals.
Coordinator: Michael Boyko - mikeboy388@aol.com
https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/moscow-and-st-petersburg-russia-2/

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Water Management in the Netherlands
June 18 - June 27, 2018
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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
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Time Travel: Wonders of World History and Culture in Turkey and Georgia
April 19 - May 16, 2018
Cost: $4230 includes: FFI and host fees, group transfer from airport in Istanbul, double-room hotel accommodation en route – per itinerary, four nights in host families in Tbilisi, professional English-speaking tour guide for each city, transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle, two meals a day (breakfast and lunch) (except drinks), and welcome or farewell dinner. Does not include: Individual airport transfer ($25 per person), entrance fees to the sites visited, personal expenses, optional activities, and tips. Please note: This Journey consists of two parts: Turkey and Georgia.

Total cost of the Journey (in USD): $4230 for both parts. If you sign up for individual legs of the Journey, Part One (Turkey) costs $3200 and Part Two (Georgia) costs $1280.
Contact Coordinator: Jim Kerr - judgejwkerr@juno.com
See Catalog.

UPDATE: One more place is available.

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Indonesia, Vietnam, and China
April 25 - May 25, 2018
Cost: $4000 USD includes: FFI and host fees and tour costs. Moderately challending

31 Days / 30 Nights Program and Itinerary: Experience three different countries in a single Journey! With hosting from one Friendship Force club and two partnerships, you will learn about the culture and history of Indonesia, Vietnam, and China over the course of one incredible month!
Contact Coordinator: Andrew Nelson, FF Sydney - Lgnacn@hotmail.com

Includes city tours of Malang, Batu, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hoi An, and Liuzhou. Visit temples, monuments, museums, and restaurants.

We will be participating in a humanitarian/educational activity that involves teaching students English or delivering books to schoolchildren in Malang, Indonesia. We could visit and make small contributions to a school for special needs or attend a "Speaking English with Foreigners Class" at a college. Donations can be in the form of books or school utensils or items that would encourage children to study and have fun in learning.

In Vietnam, we will be hosted in the homes of local people, which is an exciting opportunity since this is a partnership and not an official FF club.

In Liuzhou, we'll visit Yubu Miao Ethnic Village in Rongshui County and watch a performance of Miao Ethnic Group.

See more at https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/indonesia-vietnam-and-china/

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Saitama - Fukuoka & Mt. Fuji - Yamanashi, Japan and Taipei, Taiwan
with FF Kansas
May 19, 2018 – June 14, 2018 /> 27 Days / 26 Nights
$4000 USD includes: FFI and host fees, land, hotels, train, bus, guided tours and most meals while not with FF clubs in Fukuoka, Mt. Fuji, and Taiwan.
Contact: Lynn Harrington - santafeharry@gmail.com
https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/saitama-fukuoka-mt-fuji-yamanashi-japan-and-taipei-taiwan/

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Global Youth Journey to Japan
June 8 - June 18, 2018
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Moscow and Cities of the Golden Ring, Russia
May 18 - June 1, 2019
Journey Number 15173
$2400 USD includes: FFI and host fees, (including seven days of homestay in Moscow and seven days in tour cities of Golden Ring, Russia), visa application, and hotel in Moscow. Does not include airfare or trip insurance
Contact: Oyuna Sengeeva, FFI - oyuna@friendshipforce.org

Spend one week getting to know the members of FF Korolev as they immerse you in Russian customs, and then enjoy seven more days expanding your exploration to the cities of Golden Ring, Russia!
See Red Square, The Tretyakov Gallery, The Kremlin, Alexandrovskiy Garden and Manezhnaya Square, VDNH, The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (Moscow)
See more at: https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/moscow-and-cities-of-the-golden-ring-russia/?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 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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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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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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CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA

Nor Peru, Peru

April 7 - April 13, 2018 homestay in Trujillo Peru with optional tour following to Cuzco, Machu Piccu and Lima
Cost: $590 USD includes: FFI and host fees.
Contact Coordinator: Dennis Murphy, FF Oregon's Mid-Willamette Valley - Dmmurphy1@comcast.net

The first part of the Journey will begin in Trujillo, Peru, with seven days and six nights with the Nor Peru Club. Upon return from Trujillo ambassadors have the option of participating in a planned guided tour of the Cusco and Machu Picchu region of Peru or taking other optional tours of their own.

See more at https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/nor-peru-peru/

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São Paulo and Nova Lima, Brazil
April 8 - April 21, 2018
14 Days / 13 Nights Program
Cost: $730 USD includes: FFI fees and host fees, transportation to/from the airport, city tour, most meals, welcome and farewell parties, and entrance fees to museums. Activity level: Active
Contact Coordinator: Sue Linehan, FF Southwest Florida - rs.linehan@embarqmail.com

OPTIONAL 9-Day Extension to Iguazu Falls, Rio, and Paraty, Brazil - tour that goes from April 21 to 29.
Cost is approx. $1,050 USD per person, depending on number of participants.

Brazil is a wonderful country for cultivating new friendships. Meet with your two warm and enthusiastic host clubs who will introduce you to traditional Brazilian foods, educate you with visits to local museums, and maybe even help you unwind with some Brazilian beverages and dancing!

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Campinas and Belo Horizonte, Brazil with FF Southern New Jersey
May 18, 2018 – June 1, 2018
15 Days / 14 Nights
Cost: $950 USD includes: FFI and host fees, admissions, city tours, one-day tour in São Paulo with lunch included.
Coordinator: Gwendolyn Deas - power2deas@comcast.net
https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/campinas-and-belo-horizonte-brazil/

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Art, Culture, and Gastronomy of Brazil
May 29 - June 9, 2018
Cost: $1600 USD includes: FFI fee, host fee, and one domestic flight from Salvador to São Paulo, activities in Salvador and São Paulo
Contact Coordinator: Vicki Vance - brlacolibri@gmail.com
Activity Level - Moderately Challenging

Salvador: activities, all lunches, water, soft drinks, one dinner and transportation are included. Personal expenses and alcoholic drinks NOT included.
São Paulo: transfer in/out of Guarulhos Airport; city tour with van and English speaking guide; entrance to all museums and parks; tickets for the concert hall; meals described in the program (no drinks); cooking class.

Join us on The Roots of Brazilian Culture, Food and Art Journey to Salvador and São Paulo, Brazil. Both the Salvador de Bahia and São Paulo clubs have worked extremely hard to organize a fantastic itinerary with activities that showcase their unique locations. We will start off in Salvador, located along the balmy tropical Atlantic waters and one of Brazil's oldest colonial cities. Known as the "melting pot" of Brazil where Portuguese, African, and indigenous people came together to form the "Bahian" culture. After a seven-night homestay here, we will meet our second host club in São Paulo. Not all of Brazil is a land of beaches, samba, and carnival; in São Paulo you will find a modern city, full of life and enterprise, a place that welcomes people from all over the world. A five-night homestay in this cosmopolitan metropolis will offer a distinct contrast to the colonial history of Salvador.

See more at https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/art-culture-and-gastronomy-of-brazil/

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Bogotá, Colombia
June 5 - 12, 2018
Journey Number 14393
Cost: $390 USD includes: FFI and host fees, transportation, some meals, homestay, entrance fees to museums and outings.
Contact: Morena Cazedessus - lupita5050@hotmail.com
5 places available

Includes: Exploring the Old City, La Candelaria, and colonial streets with lots of museums; Experience the Ciclo-Via and ciclo-ruta; Visit the surrounding towns of Bogotá; Travel to a rose farm; Private visit to the University of Sabana’s campus; The Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira City;
See more at: https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/bogota-colombia/?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 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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Mt. Barker and Blue Mountains & Nepean, Australia
March 19 - April 9, 2018
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Golfers to Tweed Valley, Australia
July 16 to July 21, 2018
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Discover the Biodiversity of Southwestern Australia
October 8 - October 19, 2018
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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.)

See Catalog

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

Indonesia, Vietnam, and China
April 25 - May 25, 2018
Cost: $4000 USD includes: FFI and host fees and tour costs. Moderately challending

31 Days / 30 Nights Program and Itinerary: Experience three different countries in a single Journey! With hosting from one Friendship Force club and two partnerships, you will learn about the culture and history of Indonesia, Vietnam, and China over the course of one incredible month!
Contact Coordinator: Andrew Nelson, FF Sydney - Lgnacn@hotmail.com

Includes city tours of Malang, Batu, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hoi An, and Liuzhou. Visit temples, monuments, museums, and restaurants.

We will be participating in a humanitarian/educational activity that involves teaching students English or delivering books to schoolchildren in Malang, Indonesia. We could visit and make small contributions to a school for special needs or attend a "Speaking English with Foreigners Class" at a college. Donations can be in the form of books or school utensils or items that would encourage children to study and have fun in learning.

In Vietnam, we will be hosted in the homes of local people, which is an exciting opportunity since this is a partnership and not an official FF club.

In Liuzhou, we'll visit Yubu Miao Ethnic Village in Rongshui County and watch a performance of Miao Ethnic Group.

See more at https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/indonesia-vietnam-and-china/

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See Festival at Sea Cruise below.
April 22, 2018 – May 10, 2018
19 Days / 18 Nights
Coordinator: Laura Romero - laura@friendshipforce.org
https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/festival-at-sea-cruise/

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See Festival at Sea Cruise below.
April 22, 2018 – May 10, 2018
19 Days / 18 Nights
Coordinator: Laura Romero - laura@friendshipforce.org
https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/festival-at-sea-cruise/

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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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2018 Festival at Sea Cruise
April 22 - May 10, 2018

This Festival at Sea voyage is much more than just a great transatlantic crossing, with stops in Bermuda and the Azores. It is a full European journey, visiting London, Normandy, Belgium, and Amsterdam before arriving in Copenhagen - six countries in all. You’ll experience the full range of Northern Europe from the comfort of a premier cruise ship on the Holland America line. Friendship Force Journeys are always more than social events, although there will be plenty on this route. Our Journeys are about proving that a world of friends can be a world of peace.

Building on the success of this year’s, Celebration at Sea, this dynamic and exciting cruise has limited capacity - so register today! This year’s workshop and activity schedule will include popular friend-building exercises and FFI on-board activities that will help bring our group together in wonderful Friendship Force fashion.

There is no home hospitality on his Journey, but your cabin will become your home for the next 18 days and you will have the opportunity to meet new friends from all over the world on your new floating neighborhood.

We will make port in the following cities:
Kings Wharf, Bermuda
Horta, Azores, Portugal
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Southampton (London), England
Cherbourg (Normandy), France
Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Copenhagen, Denmark

Within our slate of programming will be an exploration of Friendship Force history, a continuation of our 40th Anniversary celebration, a deep dive into the future of FFI with a first look and discussion on the organization's refreshed strategic plan, and informative talks on some of the places we will visit on our itinerary.

Join us aboard the ms Zuiderdam. Come make new friends or connect with current ones! We hope to see you there!

Cost: $1949 USD includes: Cabin prices for the 18-day voyage, including taxes, fees and the full Friendship Force program, start at $1,949 USD for an inside cabin $2,189 for an outside cabin and $2,529 for balcony (per person/double occupancy). Prices are subject to availability at time of booking. If Holland America is having any promotional deals at the time of your booking, we will be happy to work with you and accommodate the best package for you.

Click here for additional information and prices, and register here today!
https://friendshipforce.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FAS_Flyer.pdf

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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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