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These clubs have openings for the following exchanges. If you are interested in participating in any of these exchanges, please contact the Exchange Director listed below.

 



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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.


 Exchange 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


Chicago International Film Festival - with FF Northern Illinois
October 15 - 21, 2017
Cost: $650 USD
Deadline: Feb 1, 2017
Contact: Scott Oliver - soliver@d125.org

Friendship Force of Chicago and the Friendship Force Northern Illinois cordially invite you to share in a global exchange centered on the 2017 Chicago International Film Festival.

Have you ever wanted to appear in a film made by an internationally renowned director? Well, we can’t offer you that - sorry! But, to make it up to you, we are hosting an inbound exchange next October where ambassadors will participate in the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, the longest running international film festival in North America!

Situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago truly is an international city. It is especially noted for its architecture, restaurants, film production, shops and iconic cultural and natural sites like Millennium Park, the Art Institute, and the Chicago Botanic Garden. A limited amount of free time will be available for ambassadors to explore some of these sites or to spend additional time at the Festival.

As an FF ambassador participating in the exchange, you will view a new film each afternoon or evening for five days (there will be many films to choose from). You also will visit sites associated with Chicago filmmaking and film history.

We are considering several tours during this exchange, including:
• Chicago Film Office
• Museum of Broadcast Communications
• Chicago History Museum
• Bus tour of Chicago film sites
• Columbia College
• Fort Knox Studios

If you are interested, act quickly... the deadline for ambassador applications is February 1, 2017. Applications can be found here. The cost of this exchange is $650 USD per person. Ambassadors will need to have a conversational knowledge of English.
We are looking forward with enthusiasm to the Chicago International Film Festival Global Exchange in October 2017. We hope you can join us.

In Friendship,
Scott Oliver, FF Northern Illinois

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Ranch and Rodeo Friendship Festival
March 6 - 11, 2018
Westgate River Ranch, FL (fly into Orlando or Tampa)
Cost: $900 USD includes FFI fees, five nights accommodations in a hotel, with breakfast, on a shared basis, a welcome party with three-course dinner, "The Amazing Race" FF group scavenger hunt, one activity of choice: horseback riding, airboat ride, or shooting; "Tales Around the Campfire" night with s'mores and drinks, a line dancing class, dinner hayride with singing cowboy, rodeo in a 1200-seat arena, and then dancing at the saloon.
Contact: Debbie Powell - debbie@friendshipforce.org.
See Catalog.

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Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; the Sandhill Capital of the World
March 17 - 24, 2018
See Catalog

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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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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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Canadian Thanksgiving in Vancouver / Victoria
October 2 - 9, 2017
Cost: $635
Contact: Joanne Smyrski, jsmyrski@telus.net

Dear Friends,

The Friendship Force of Metro Vancouver would like to invite a delegation of international Ambassadors to celebrate "A Thanksgiving Celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary". The dates are October 2 - 9, 2017. Here is a brief overview of the proposed itinerary:

Oct. 2, Arrive in Victoria, transfer (at own expense) to hotel, “no host” gathering in the evening to meet the other ambassadors.
Oct. 3, Free day to explore Victoria on your own.
Oct. 4, Bus and scenic ferry trip from Downtown Victoria to Tsawwassen on the mainland. Pickup by your Vancouver area host families. Visit to Steveston. Welcome Dinner party.
Oct. 5-6, sightseeing activities in Vancouver
Oct. 7, Tour of Fort Langley and enjoying the Cranberry Fest
Oct. 8, free time; Canadian Thanksgiving dinner with hosts or their friends
Oct. 9, depart Vancouver.

The cost is $635 and includes: Two nights in a central Victoria hotel (shared twin room, 10 min. walk from intercity bus terminal); bus and ferry transfer to Vancouver, welcome party, five nights homestay with FF Metro Vancouver members (including breakfasts and dinners), all program activities (which may include some of the following: visiting Steveston (Gulf of Georgia Cannery, fishing boat harbour), Richmond’s International Buddhist Temple, the University of BC museums, Granville Island crafts and market, Fort Langley, the Cranberry Festival, walking in Historic Gastown, touring Stanley Park), as well as sharing a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner with local families.

For more information, please contact Joanne Smyrski, jsmyrski@telus.net
Feel free to share this opportunity with your club members!

To apply for the journey, see the Catalog for an Ambassador Application Form .

​In friendship,

Allison Lindsey
Senior Regional Support Manager
US, Canada and Insurance

​friendship force international | www. friendshipforce.org
400 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite #4 - 980, Atlanta, GA 30308
​TEL +1 404.​965​​.​434​2

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Water Management in the Netherlands

June 18 - June 27, 2018
See Catalog.

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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: Jim Kerr - judgejwkerr@juno.com
See Catalog.

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Discover Myanmar (Burma)
October 2-14, 2017
Cost: $2650 USD, which includes FFI fees. The single supplement is $490 USD.
Contact: Ian Stanford - ians5064@gmail.com

I invite you to join us on a Journey to Myanmar (Burma), one of the most exciting destinations in the world! This will be my third visit to Myanmar and I can promise that you will get to experience this wonderful country as no other tourists do - the Friendship Force way!

Like several other Asian countries, Myanmar does not permit tourists to stay in private homes, so our accommodations are in hotels. However, you will have abundant opportunities to interact with the locals as you experience the incredible sights in Myanmar.

• Visit English-language classes and speak to the students about their lives and aspirations.
• Visit private homes as guests of local families, who will share a meal and their culture with you.
• Visit the homes on stilts on Inle Lake, and a remote village where an interpreter will help you communicate with residents to learn about their farming lifestyle.
• Visit a remote village outside of Bagan where houses are built from palm trees with bare earth floors, and water is carted in by bullock carts.
• Visit monasteries and nunneries to get an understanding of the lives of the clergy, and find out why Buddhism is so important to them.
• Share food with monks in Mandalay as they line up with their begging bowls.

This Journey will show you a unique way of life for the residents of parts of Myanmar. There are no tractors, just bullocks, which provide energy and hard work and are the prize possessions of the farmers. The people are happy, friendly, and joyful through their devotion to the Buddha.

In Yangon, you will visit the Shwedagon temple complex, with its mammoth temple glittering with the brightness of pure gold. You will see the many complexities of Buddhism being enacted by the people of Yangon. You will board the circular train, the major form of transportation for the locals, as it circumnavigates the city. You’ll also enjoy the opportunity to walk through the markets, seeing food and merchandise which the locals enjoy!

Bagan has countless stupas that have been built over thousands of years. One highlight is seeing the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, where one-legged rowers guide their boats in colorful costumes, towing a huge barge carrying images of Buddha and competing in races. This festival only happens once a year, and we have scheduled this Journey to coincide with it.

Find more information on the Friendship Force catalog. Everyone who travels to Myanmar with Friendship Force is blown away by the experience, and you will be too. Come and join us on this incredible Journey!

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Vietnam with Optional Cambodia Extension
October 5 - October 18, 2017
See Catalog.

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Aichi and Fukuyama, Japan - with FFI Western Michigan club
October 19 (arriving into Tokyo about 4:00 on October 20 for transportation into Tokyo hotel) until November 11 departure.

Two FF home stays: Aichi and Fukuyama in Hiroshima prefecture with a couple of day trips into the “city” while with them. We have added a custom tour with 3 days in Tokyo to start and 3 days in Kyoto at the end and 1 day in Kurashiki (and tour of Himeji Castle) in between. Arriving in Tokyo on October 20, departing from Tokyo November 11.

Cost: $900 total for the two exchanges and $2700 for the tour including 8 nights of hotel, venue admissions, a rail pass for journeying between cities, luggage transfers, most breakfasts and lunches (eat hardy here so dinner can be minimal), chartered/guided (escorted) bus tours of the cities, airport transfers, gratuities…. Except for the dinner for hosts, and any dinners you wish to buy, it should be pretty all inclusive. Total land therefore is $3600. Air-fare is not included.

$500 deposit due with application ASAP—this is the amount necessary to hold the hotel reservations with the tour company. The total will need to be paid by August 15.
$1550 is due July 1 and the remaining $1550 due August 10.
Contact: Lynette Hargreave <lynhargreave@gmail.com

See itinerary for the tour in pdf file.

From Lyn: Please let me know ASAP if you have an interest. We need 20 to fill and I’m not giving up! I had a cancellation and I have a woman in England who’s club dissolved, but who really wanted to go on this trip, so looking for a mate for her. I am hoping my English lady is still eager. I need to fill two slots. If there is a couple interested I would take them, but if just one, I will try to match with Roswitha from the U.K.

I am continuing to send the info out to others I’ve traveled with and have asked those going to pass the word to their friends. As long as references are good, or they are folks I know I’m eager to fill. I leave for Sanibel Island on Monday, back for 2 days and off to HI with 25 FF folks (including two from the Georgetown club, Alice Gardiner and Sandy Hanner). Won’t be back until June, so don’t want this hanging over my head.

Airfare is not included, though I can recommend the travel agent who knows the dates and times and has been able to find us decent fares.

Attached is the information from the tour company who has planned this custom tour for us, based on recommendations of a member who is a Japanese historian, has spent two years in Japan on sabbaticals, and has led other groups there, many with a Sister City program. We are confident we have a plan to see as much as possible during the tour, and the two home-stays will serve as our introduction to new friends and the Japanese culture.

Required now: the Friendship Force application and agreement: https://friendshipforce.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Ambassador-Application-and-Agreement.pdf and a $500 deposit.
Check should be made out to Friendship Force of W. Michigan and sent to Lyn Hargreave (see flyer). Before completing all of that though, please contact me so that I am aware of your interest and can advise if the positions have already been filled.

If you have questions, please email me at lynhargreave@gmail.com.  I will be available until Monday April 24. There will be a period in mid May when I will be out of any digital contact, but I am confident I will fill these last two spots before then. It is sure to appeal to many.

In friendship,
Lyn Hargreave


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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: Jim Kerr - judgejwkerr@juno.com
See catalog.

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Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya - with FF Denver
October 14 - 28, 2017
Cost: $1600 USD
Price Includes: First night hotel stay and transportation from Entebbe, six night homestay in Kampala including all FFI fees, admissions and transportation, seven night homestay in Nairobi including all FF fees, admissions and transportation, airport transfers, flight to Nairobi.
Optional Safari - October 28 to November 2, 2017: six-day/ five-night safari to Amboseli/Nakuru/Masai Mara
•Approx. $1650 per person, (single supplement: $590)
•Tour Price Includes: Full board accommodation whilst on safari, meal plan, accommodation in double/twin/triple room sharing, all park entrance fees to include government taxes and service of an English-speaking professional driver/guide, game drives as detailed in the itinerary, exclusive transport in a safari tour bus 4 x 4 with a game viewing roof hatch and UHF radio, recommended mineral water while on safari, land cruiser transportation.

Contact: Jack and Ilene Green, Journey Directors - jack.green@comcast.net

Our first week will be with FF Kampala, Uganda, a warm host club who will welcome us with traditional dishes and dancing. During our time in Kampala, we will visit a cooperative for women with HIV/AIDS, see many of the city's cultural and religious points of interest, and take in the beautiful Mabira Forest and Bujagali Falls.

Our second homestay is with FF Nairobi, Kenya, who will immerse us into the Kenyan culture with a tour of the Nairobi National Museum, shopping at the Maasai market, and a visit to the Bomas of Kenya. There are other highlights, including a tour of the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, a visit to Kazuri - home to Ten Thousand Villages, and an introduction to local agriculture with a tour of the Limuru Tea and Coffee Farms.

To date, registered ambassadors include people from various locations in the United States and Perth, Australia, along with many members of the Denver club.

With just a few spots still available, we look forward to welcoming more ambassadors from all over the world!
Read more on the catalog or contact me today!
https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/kampala-uganda-nairobi-kenya/

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Kampala, Uganda and Mispah, South Africa
- with FF Northern Illinois
October 26 - November 9, 2017
Cost: $1950 USD includes: FFI and host fees, bus in Cape Town, flight between Entebbe and Cape Town, one or two nights in hotels, most admissions in Kampala, admission to Robben Island, and tips.
Option: Additionally, we hope to arrange an optional two-four day safari at the end of the exchange. Costs/itinerary not yet determined.
Contact:  Pat Meyer - davidcmeyer@sbcglobal.net

Kampala, Uganda
  Tour Kampala and other cultural religious and historical sites.
  Explore natural forests with great diversity of tropical flora and fauna.
  See the Budhagali falls and dam, considered the source of the river Nile.
  Enjoy the beautiful nature and scenery of the country, the native wildlife that includes beautiful birds,
  monkeys, and gorillas.

Mispah, South Africa
  Visit Cape Point, a nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park and the most southwestern corner
  of the African continent.
  Venture up the Cape Point "Flying Dutchman" Funicular for a spectacular view of this Natural World
  Heritage Site.
  Explore the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony - the only place in the world where one can get up close to
  unique locals, the endangered African Penguins - while supporting penguin conservation efforts through
  South African National Parks.
  Take a boat ride to Seal Island in False Bay, home to over 60,000 Cape fur seals and surrounded by
  waters where Great White sharks are often spotted!
  Visit the beautiful Table Mountain, the signature natural landmark of Cape Town, full of rich biodiversity,
  flora and fauna.
  Stroll through the grand Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, an acclaimed botanical garden and nature
  reserve nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain in the what is known as the Cape Floral Kingdom.
  Experience Robben Island, where Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela
  was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid.

See more at:
https://friendshipforce.azurewebsites.net/journeys/kampala-uganda-and-mispah-south-africa

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CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Feast Days of Archangel St. Michael; La Alborada (Indian dances and fireworks);
and Arrival of Indians with Xuchiles Xichiles decorations.

WHEN                 September 26-October 5, 2017
WHERE              Casa Contenta’s Bed and Breakfast, SMA, MX
WHO                   Amigos and Amigas
WHAT                 10 Day Program of fun and adventure $725
HOSTESS          Barbara Poole - http://casacontentasma.com
RING MASTER  Joyce Rulon, OKC, OK;  joyspath@cox.net

Cost: $725 based on 10-13 participants/guests. Not a FF event. (single occupancy add $40 per day) $360.
SMA is a high altitude with cobblestones so I need healthy sure-footed people who want to experience celebrations unlike those offered elsewhere.
http://sanmigueltimes.com/2016/09/all-is-ready-for-alborada-the-annual-st-michael-archangel-festivities/

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Discover Peru and the International Festival of Spring
September 26 - October 13, 2017
See catalog

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Belem & Recife, Brazil
November 3 - November 16, 2017
See catalog

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Discover the Philippines
October 10 - 27, 2017

Dear Friends,

Help bring the Friendship Force to The Philippines while exploring the beautiful and culturally diverse island of Luzon.

Two years ago I participated in a pioneer Journey to the island of Luzon in The Philippines in search of cities that might join the Friendship Force family. We found two beautiful cities - Baguio in the mountains and Naga in the lowlands - which are both cultural centers in beautiful natural settings, featuring great traditions of hospitality. Their get-togethers inevitably turn into picnics or parties that attract large extended families. I invite you to join me on our first discovery Journey to these two cities and the island of Luzon.

We will spend five nights in Baguio and also five nights in Naga. We will be home-hosted two nights in Baguio and three nights in Naga and will stay in a hotel the other nights. We will explore other parts of Luzon Island before, between, and after the homestays. We will start in Manila, where we will spend two days exploring the historic district and national museums as well as the international neighborhood of Makati.

After visiting Baguio, we will take a van, jeep, and hike to Tangadan Waterfalls, where we will be able to swim, and then head to Vigan, the best preserved Spanish colonial city in the Philippines. After our stay in Naga, we will travel by van and boat to Caramoan and spend two nights in this beautiful beach area that caters to local folks, not to the international set. The primary activity is island hopping to hidden beaches.

I hope you will consider going on this wonderful Journey with me! Please read more about this Journey on the catalog and feel free to contact me with any further questions.

In friendship,
Chuck Goldfarb
chucklesgold@verizon.net

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Newcastle, Tamworth, and Bundaberg, Australia & Hamilton-Waikato, (with South Taranaki Stop-Over,) New Zealand
October 11 to November 21, 2017
See catalog

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South Taranaki, Wairarapa, and Nelson, New Zealand
October 21 to November 17, 2017
See Catalog

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Central Coast and Sunshine Coast, Australia

October 23 - November 10, 2017
See Catalog

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Australian Pubs and Country Gardens - with FF Southern Sydney club
October 22 - November 6, 2017
Cost Approx. $2200 USD, includes FFI and host fees, all accommodations, garden entry fees and most meals.
Contact: Russell Veitch - rrveitch@optusnet.com.au

- Enjoy a 3-day homestay with the Blue Mountains club and attend their Spring Garden Festival.
- Eat at a couple of 150-year-old historic pubs, sharing country evenings with the locals and some special guests.
- Take over the historic Hill End Pub for a whole evening.
- Spend three days in the Hunter Valley, a prime wine growing area, during a three-day homestay with the Newcastle Friendship Force Club. Don’t pass up the exciting opportunity to toboggan in local sand hills.
- Celebrate new friendships during our final meal together at the Lord Nelson Hotel in the historic Sydney Rocks area.
- Visit Sydney Botanical Gardens and the magnificent Sydney Harbour.
- Journey to Jenolan Caves for an overnight stay in the historic Caves House and enjoy our own personalized tour of a cave in the evening.
- Experience Mayfield Gardens, where the whole gardens are opened up to the public for the spring display.
- Travel to Cowra for the magnificent Japanese Gardens and partake of the Bathurst Spring Garden festival.
- Stop in Hill End and Gulgong where you will experience a bygone era - these are old gold rush towns where once there was a pub on every corner… we’ll even go down into an old gold mine!
- Visit two native gardens that exemplify the Australian bush, go hiking through Capertee Valley to remote water holes (bring your swimmers!) and view ancient aboriginal hand paintings on the rocks.
- Enjoy wineries, old pubs, and a truly spectacular garden in Hunter Valley.
- Take a short trip down the coast to Sydney and enjoy a couple of surprises along the way!
- See more at: http://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/index.php/catalog/southpacific_more/australian_pubs_and_country_gardens/#sthash.WnXqRPAd.dpuf

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Manawatu and Christchurch, New Zealand
November 8 - November 22, 2017
See Catalog.

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Perth, Mount Gambier, and Murray Bridge, Australia
November 6 - December 1, 2017
See Catalog.

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Cycling, Dining and Wining with Mt. Barker, Australia
November 9 - November 17, 2017
See Catalog.

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Taupo, Wellington, & Christchurch New Zealand
February 27 to March 18, 2018
Cost: $2100 USD includes: FFI and host fees, including two nights hotel in Hamilton, transportation to Taupo (homestay in Taupo), transportation to Wellington and three nights hotel in Wellington, and air travel to Christchurch (with homestay).
Contact: Karla Timmons, FF National Capital Area (NZ) - ms_karlat@yahoo.com

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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.)



Australian Pubs and Country Gardens - with FF Southern Sydney club
October 22 - November 6, 2017
Cost Approx. $2200 USD, includes FFI and host fees, all accommodations, garden entry fees and most meals.
Contact; Russell Veitch - rrveitch@optusnet.com.au
- Enjoy a 3-day homestay with the Blue Mountains club and attend their Spring Garden Festival.
- Eat at a couple of 150-year-old historic pubs, sharing country evenings with the locals and some special guests.
- Take over the historic Hill End Pub for a whole evening.
- Spend three days in the Hunter Valley, a prime wine growing area, during a three-day homestay with the Newcastle Friendship Force Club. Don’t pass up the exciting opportunity to toboggan in local sand hills.
- Celebrate new friendships during our final meal together at the Lord Nelson Hotel in the historic Sydney Rocks area.
- Visit Sydney Botanical Gardens and the magnificent Sydney Harbour.
- Journey to Jenolan Caves for an overnight stay in the historic Caves House and enjoy our own personalized tour of a cave in the evening.
- Experience Mayfield Gardens, where the whole gardens are opened up to the public for the spring display.
- Travel to Cowra for the magnificent Japanese Gardens and partake of the Bathurst Spring Garden festival.
- Stop in Hill End and Gulgong where you will experience a bygone era - these are old gold rush towns where once there was a pub on every corner… we’ll even go down into an old gold mine!
- Visit two native gardens that exemplify the Australian bush, go hiking through Capertee Valley to remote water holes (bring your swimmers!) and view ancient aboriginal hand paintings on the rocks.
- Enjoy wineries, old pubs, and a truly spectacular garden in Hunter Valley.
- Take a short trip down the coast to Sydney and enjoy a couple of surprises along the way!
- See more at: http://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/index.php/catalog/southpacific_more/australian_pubs_and_country_gardens/#sthash.WnXqRPAd.dpuf

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Humanitarian Missions/Volunteer

Humanitarian Exchange to Kitui, Kenya - with FF of Lincoln, NB
February 15- 28, 2017 - concluded

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Novruz Festival
Concluded in Azerbaijan.



Australian Pubs and Country Gardens - with FF Southern Sydney club
October 22 - November 6, 2017
Cost Approx. $2200 USD, includes FFI and host fees, all accommodations, garden entry fees and most meals.
Contact; Russell Veitch - rrveitch@optusnet.com.au

- Enjoy a 3-day homestay with the Blue Mountains club and attend their Spring Garden Festival.
- Eat at a couple of 150-year-old historic pubs, sharing country evenings with the locals and some special guests.
- Take over the historic Hill End Pub for a whole evening.
- Spend three days in the Hunter Valley, a prime wine growing area, during a three-day homestay with the Newcastle Friendship Force Club. Don’t pass up the exciting opportunity to toboggan in local sand hills.
- Celebrate new friendships during our final meal together at the Lord Nelson Hotel in the historic Sydney Rocks area.
- Visit Sydney Botanical Gardens and the magnificent Sydney Harbour.
- Journey to Jenolan Caves for an overnight stay in the historic Caves House and enjoy our own personalized tour of a cave in the evening.
- Experience Mayfield Gardens, where the whole gardens are opened up to the public for the spring display.
- Travel to Cowra for the magnificent Japanese Gardens and partake of the Bathurst Spring Garden festival.
- Stop in Hill End and Gulgong where you will experience a bygone era - these are old gold rush towns where once there was a pub on every corner… we’ll even go down into an old gold mine!
- Visit two native gardens that exemplify the Australian bush, go hiking through Capertee Valley to remote water holes (bring your swimmers!) and view ancient aboriginal hand paintings on the rocks.
- Enjoy wineries, old pubs, and a truly spectacular garden in Hunter Valley.
- Take a short trip down the coast to Sydney and enjoy a couple of surprises along the way!
- See more at: http://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/index.php/catalog/southpacific_more/australian_pubs_and_country_gardens/#sthash.WnXqRPAd.dpuf

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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.


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!

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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Postal address: P. O. Box 551151, Dallas, TX 75355
Phone and fax: 214- 699-7574 
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