December 10, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Featured Journey of the Quarter: Leadership Training Conferences, October 2018

Most Friendship Force Journeys have a few leaders involved as Journey Coordinators, but for these Featured Journeys of the Quarter, all participants were either experienced or aspiring leaders! In October 2018, successful Leadership Training Conferences and Seminars were held in Cottbus, Germany and Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. European Leadership Seminar In Germany, 11 participants from 9 […]

December 7, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Featured Club of the Quarter: Friendship Force of Mount Barker, Australia

Question: What successful club event served as both a membership drive and fundraiser, garnering the club Featured Club of the Quarter? Answer: Friendship Force of Mount Barker’s Quiz Night! Our Featured Club of the Quarter is FF Mount Barker, for their innovative efforts to attract new recruits, connect with fellow club members, and raise $1200 […]

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Two New Wayne Smith Medal Recipients Honored in 2018

2018 brought Friendship Force two more honored recipients of the Wayne Smith Medal. This award was created in 2011 as a tribute to the memory of Friendship Force founder Wayne Smith, whose boundless energy and optimism and untiring commitment to the cause of world friendship made this organization the global force for good that it […]

November 2, 2018 | admin

FFI Institutes New Awards Process for 2019

In 1981, at the 5th World Conference in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, a special award was introduced as a way to honor two volunteer leaders each year who demonstrated exemplary dedication and loyalty to Friendship Force and its goals. Later, in 1987, at the 11th World Conference in Richmond, Virginia, USA, awards to recognize the […]

October 29, 2018 | Jeremi Snook

Staff Changes at FFI Headquarters

I remember reading once that “change is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy!” As individuals living in a constantly changing world, we know all too well how true that statement is. Certainly for Friendship Force the difficulty of change is experienced most when staff move on or we add new people to our small […]

September 19, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Crossing Borders in My Grandparents’ Footsteps

Editor’s Note: Author of this guest post is Natalie Duggan, a public health writer, graphic designer, world traveler, and blogger based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her international travels have been greatly inspired by those of both sets of grandparents before her – who were all Friendship Force members! Read her story below! As my Istanbul-bound plane taxied for […]

September 16, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Koalas and Connectedness

Editor’s Note: Gail Wainman and her husband Glenn joined Friendship Force Victoria and Vancouver Island in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada about four years ago shortly after the club was first formed. Gail nows serves as president of the club. A Global Journey to Myanmar in 2016 was their first experience with FFI and they were hooked. They have […]

September 13, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

FFI Recognized by GuideStar with Gold Seal of Transparency

Friendship Force International was recently recognized with a 2018 GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency! This signals that we have provided up to date and accurate financial and organizational information on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile in an increased effort for transparency. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million […]

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Reflections of Japan: A Global Youth Journey

“Being from a small town, I’ve realized that the world is pretty big.” – Hunter, Global Youth Journey to Japan Student Ambassador from South Dakota, USA Travel can be transformative at any age, but immersion and exposure to new cultures, places, and faces as a teenager can particularly affect one’s perspective on life. In June, […]

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Featured Club of the Quarter: FF Surabaya, Indonesia

Our featured club of the third quarter of 2018 is Friendship Force of Surabaya, Indonesia, for their generosity and willingness to step up and host an incoming Journey when a fellow Indonesian club was unable to – with just mere weeks’ notice! In July, FF Las Vegas, Nevada was set to go to a three-phase […]