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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


Puebloan Culture Exchange - with New Mexico club
May 8-21, 2017
Global themed exchange – A Journey from Ancestral Puebloan Prehistory through Contemporary Puebloan Culture.
Cost: NOW REDUCED TO $1800 includes the fees to Friendship Force International, honoraria for speakers, four nights in hotels, entry fees to museums and archeological sites, transportation and all meals except six lunches and four dinners.
Contact: Lenore Pardee - lenorerp@aol.com

This Exchange focuses on the Ancestral Puebloan and contemporary Puebloan cultures. New Mexico is the only place where this kind of program can be offered. The Exchange will be open to Ambassadors both domestic and foreign. There will be a limit of 20 Ambassadors.
 
You will learn about the Ancestral Puebloan Cultures with lectures by a Southwestern Archeologist whose expertise is the complex cultures of the area. These lectures will be enhanced by field trips to Acoma Pueblo, Chaco Canon Cultural Park, Bandelier National Monument and Puye Cliffs.

The Exchange will also focus on the contemporary Pueblo cultures with visits to several Pueblos and lectures by Pueblo leaders and artists.

Our goal is for the Ambassadors to understand and appreciate both the archeology and history of the Puebloan cultures, and understand and appreciate the contemporary Puebloan cultures and their relationship and interactions with the larger society.

New Mexico is a large state and visiting Puebloan sites will require several long days on the road. Ambassadors will need to be able to walk at least a mile over sometimes uneven and rough terrain. We cannot accommodate any walking aids other than trekking poles.

TThe estimated cost for the Exchange is $1800 per person with a $750 advance payment which will be returned in full if the Ambassador is not accepted for the Program.

See flyer for more information and itinerary.

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Chicago, Illinois and Madison, Wisconsin, USA
June 18 to 29, 2017
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Arts Exchange in North Carolina
- Winston Salem, NC - FF Central NC, USA
#13550
July 31 - Aug 8, 2017
Cost: $595
Contact: Judy Greene - ArtsWSFFCNC@gmail.com
 
This global themed exchange includes visual and performing arts, nationally recognized galleries, museums, and regional music; all in the beautiful foot hills of the Piedmont Triad Region of North Carolina, between the mountains and the coast. Winston-Salem is called the “city of arts and innovation” because there's an undercurrent here, a spirit and a personality that runs through this place. People in Winston-Salem have a history of creating and they express it through the arts and other new ways of thinking. We have an exciting week planned for you! Come spend the last, lazy days of summer with Friendship Force of Central North Carolina, USA and experience our unique style of Southern Hospitality!

Our exchange coincides with the biennial National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF). We will attend two performances offered by some of the best black theatre companies in the world. Final performance titles available in early June.

The sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar welcome you to the Blue Ridge Music Center for a concert of regional music held in our beautiful outdoor amphitheater on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We will visit the state-of-the-art, award-winning, interactive Roots of American Music Museum Exhibit, enjoy a picnic and optional hiking.

Optional Activities:
First Friday Gallery Hop
Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem
State University, one of the top 10 African American galleries in the nation.
Innovation Quarter & the Center for Design Innovation to earn how architectural redesign and reuse of historic buildings has revitalized our city.
historic R.J. Reynolds Building - “the Baby Empire State Building”
Piedmont Craftsman Gallery
the Fiber Store, a working weaver’s studio
Sawtooth Center for the Arts, where people in the region take classes in all forms of artistic expression.
one of our 65 regional wineries
Museum of NC Traditional Pottery in Seagrove, known as the “pottery capital of the US”.

Space is limited, so send no money until you receive an official acceptance from ED.
See Flyer.

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Moon Shadow Over Oregon: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse - with FF Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley
August 16 - 25, 2017
Cost: $957 USD includes FFI and host fees, eclipse-viewing glasses and a booklet about the eclipse, transportation from Portland International Airport (PDX) to Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley and from that club to PDX at the end of the exchange, as well as transportation during the exchange.
Contact: Marilyn Peterson - Peterson.marilyn@comcast.net

Gather together with both of your host clubs on August 21, 2017 on the path of totality near Dallas, Oregon to share in the experience of viewing the total solar eclipse.

Walk in the Cascade Range forest with Forest Service Archaeologist Tony Farque, visiting petroglyphs, learning about the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, and exploring more of Oregon with your hosts. The petroglyphs are on private property and may only be viewed with an authorized guide.

Visit the Oregon Coast and the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, home of Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose.

Travel to famed Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood.
- See more at: http://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/index.php/catalog/all_more/moon_shadow_over_oregon_2017_total_solar_eclipse/#sthash.MZhMCDw0.dpuf
See Flyer for more information.

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Explore the Arts, Culture, and Food of the American Midwest
September 11 - 21, 2017
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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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Brussels, Belgium - with Baton Rouge club
June 2-9, 2017 with option to Amsterdambr /> Exchange #13123
Cost: estimated $600-650 (depending on number going)
Contact ASAP: Barbara Wittkopf, ED - bwittko@lsu.edu

See all info on pdf flyer. $100 Deposit and application due now - 3 spaces still available.

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A Walk with Swiss Friends

September 3 - 9, 2017
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Global Journey to Armenia and Republic of Georgia -
with extension to Odessa, Ukraine

June 5-19, 2017
Contact: James W. Kerr, Jr. - Judgejwkerr@juno.com
Cost: $2590 USD
Price Includes FFI and host fees, group transfer from airport-hotel-airport, (individual transfer is an extra charge of $25 per person), accommodation in guest house/hotel, entrance fees to museums and historical-cultural centers, daily transportation and hotel transfers, tour service, professional English-speaking guide, Meals per itinerary, and Cultural Events: master class of preparation of Armenian National dish, Armenian/Georgian traditional bread baking (lavash/ shoti), dinner in restaurant with national music program (in Georgia and in Armenia), and one bottle of still water per person per day.
- See more at: http://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/index.php/catalog/europe_more/discover_armenia_and_georgia/#sthash.Eh7WDHpW.dpuf

For flyer and itinerary including 6-day Odessa - itinerary
Cost for those going to Georgia and Armenia - $1220.
Cost for those going to Odessa only - $1470


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Malang and Denpasar, Indonesia with Hsinchu, Taiwan (Stopover)
September 8 - 28, 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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Iringa, Tanzania - with Greater Atlanta club
August 31 - September 18, 2017
$4200 USD based on double-occupancy. Single-occupancy is $5120 USD.
Contact: Bonnie Evans, kbemje@bellsouth.net
Safari in the northern circuit of Tanzania, to a cultural program at Itagutwa Village, and a historical tour of the Isimila Old Stone Age historical site.
Price Includes FFI and host fees, accommodations, professional safari guides and drivers, tours, tips, domestic travel transportation between Kilimanjaro-Moshi and Iringa, all meals on the actual safari tours, and five box lunches with water. Hotels provide breakfast that are not part of the safari tours.
- See more at: http://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/index.php/catalog/africa_more/iringa_tanzania/#sthash.QIO8HdlC.dpuf

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All World to Azrou, Morocco with FF Edmonton Area
September 22 - October 9, 2017
Cost: $2060 USD includes FFI fees, hotel accommodations and homestays, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), all attractions listed in the itinerary, tips to guides & others, and an air-conditioned bus for travel throughout the exchange.
Contact: Diana McIntyre Clara - dianamci@shaw.ca
 - See more at: http://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/index.php/catalog/all_more/all_world_to_azrou_morocco/#sthash.xHBLTp8q.dpuf

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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

Nor Peru (Friendship Force club of Trujillo) - with FF Western North Carolina
May 2 - 16, 2017
Cost: $3800 USD includes FFI fees, host fees and tour.
Contact: Jan Partin - janpartin@hotmail.com

Includes Explore the Huaca of the Sun and the Moon. Visit the ruins of Chan Chan. Trip to Chiclayo - Lord of Sipan. Possibility of riding to Huanchaco. Attend the Fiesta de Danzas Peruvian. See a traditional parade in the Plaza of Armas in Trujillo. Take a trip to the seaside resort of Buenos Aires. See the Peruvian Night of Torches. Ride on the horses of Paso. Visit Peru’s most famous site, Machu Picchu. Admire the archaeological park of the fortress-temple Saqsaywaman which shows precise zigzags of massive stone that have stood firm for centuries. - See more at: http://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/index.php/catalog/all_more/peru/#sthash.nRJTNYbB.dpuf

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São Luis, Brazil
June 10 - 17, 2017
15 Spaces Available
Cost: $445 USD includes FFI and host fees, sightseeing during the exchange (River, Sightseeing, Culture, Holidays, Reggae, Bumba-Meu-Boi), transport in São Luis and Barreirinhas, two nights accommodation in Barreirinhas hotel and walks to Lençóis and Rio Preguiças/Caburé.
Optional visit to Lençóis for $180 USD.
Contact: Charles John, FF Central North Carolina - charlesdjohn@hotmail.com
-- See more at: hhttp://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/index.php/catalog/all_more/sao_luis_brazil/#sthash.NzRMIiYK.dpuf

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Fortaleza, Brazil
August 9 - 16, 2017
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Discover Peru and the International Festival of Spring
September 26 - October 13, 2017
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Central Coast and Sunshine Coast, Australia
October 23 - November 10, 2017
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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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Cycling, Dining and Wining with Mt. Barker, Australia
November 9 - 17, 2017
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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.)



Global Journey to Armenia and Republic of Georgia - with extension to Odessa, Ukraine
June 5 - 19, 2017
Contact: James W. Kerr, Jr. - Judgejwkerr@juno.com
Cost: $2590 USD
Price Includes FFI and host fees, group transfer from airport-hotel-airport, (individual transfer is an extra charge of $25 per person), accommodation in guest house/hotel, entrance fees to museums and historical-cultural centers, daily transportation and hotel transfers, tour service, professional English-speaking guide, Meals per itinerary, and Cultural Events: master class of preparation of Armenian National dish, Armenian/Georgian traditional bread baking (lavash/ shoti), dinner in restaurant with national music program (in Georgia and in Armenia), and one bottle of still water per person per day.
- See more at: http://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/index.php/catalog/europe_more/discover_armenia_and_georgia/#sthash.Eh7WDHpW.dpuf

For flyer and itinerary including 6-day Odessa - itinerary
Cost for those going to Georgia and Armenia - $1220.
Cost ror those going to Odessa only - $1470

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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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Humanitarian Missions/Volunteer

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


One in progress now. More to come.

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For more opportunities to explore the world with the Friendship Force, visit the World of Friends catalog: see  http://www2.thefriendshipforce.org/catalog/ffi_listonly.aspx
OR www.facebook.com/friendshipforce.

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