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 […]

| Kaitlyn Ranney

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, […]

| Kaitlyn Ranney

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 […]

September 12, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Members on the Screen and Over the Airwaves

A new training and educational tool for clubs and members has helped spread the good news of Friendship Force in areas around the world! Since January, FFI Public Relations strategist, Andrew Bowen, has been holding monthly free webinars for members across the world. Bringing his four decades of experience to each session, Andrew is a career journalist, […]

August 7, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Roots of Friendship Revisited During Roots of Brazil

Editor’s Note: Vicki Vance, member of FF Baton Rouge for 24 years, has been leading Global Journeys for FFI since 1999. In May, she led a Journey with 17 ambassadors from several countries throughout Brazil, experiencing Salvador’s unique Bahian culture and São Paulo’s metropolis. Here, she reflects on some of the most significant aspects of […]

July 10, 2018 | Maggie Smith

Presenting the 2017 Annual Report

A comprehensive report on the state of Friendship Force International in 2017. READ HERE!

July 3, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Changes to the 2020 Journey Matching Process

The 2020 Journey matching season will soon be upon us! There are some important changes to the process this year that each club leader should review before submitting Journey hosting and travel requests. To help ensure a smooth and efficient Journey matching season, we ask that club leaders submit forms before the deadlines highlighted below. 2020 Journey Matching Process […]