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 […]

May 30, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Festivities and Friends Abound Crossing the Atlantic

With many participants meeting for the first time in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, it was uncertain how many strangers would become friends or new memories would be made on this Journey east. For the second year in a row, Friendship Force International was pleased to present a cruise option for our members. And for a second […]

May 29, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Featured Clubs of the Quarter: 2018 Open World Hosts

For the second quarter of 2018, Friendship Force recognizes all of the clubs that have hosted Open World Leadership Center delegations so far this year. While Open World Programs and FFI Journeys have some similarities, one significant difference is that Open World Programs are assigned late in the year for the coming year usually in December– for […]

May 1, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

FF Sacramento Celebrates 30 Years in 2018!

Editor’s Note: In March 2018, the Friendship Force of Sacramento celebrated their 30th anniversary with a spectacular celebration, with many members, civic leaders, and FFI CEO Jeremi Snook in attendance. At the event, original charter member of FF Sacramento, Doris Schroeder, shared the following story. You see more photos and details of the celebration here […]

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Highlights from the 2018 March Board of Directors Meeting

Editor’s Note: Board of Directors Chair, Jo Custead, of FF Saskatoon, Canada, shares a summary of highlights below from the March 2018 Board Meeting. Amidst the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, USA, the FFI Board of Directors met from March 19-22, 2018 for a productive and insightful yearly meeting. Discussing topics ranging from strategy to organizational development, 11 Board […]

April 25, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Ambassadors and Hosts Share “Homes and Hearts” in Mexico

Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by recent Ambassador Coordinator, Donna Baldwin-Haut, a member of FF Greater Milwaukee, Michigan, USA. She and 14 other ambassadors traveled in January to Mexico and developed incredible friendships with their host clubs of FF Tuxtla Gutierrez and FF Mexico City, while learning about Mexican culture, history, and customs. […]

April 6, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Friendship Force Listed in Latest Edition of Travel Author and Host Rick Steves’ Book

Rick Steves, a well-known American travel author and expert, has included Friendship Force International in his third edition of his book Travel as a Political Act alongside other educational travel organizations. As Rick writes, I’ve taken several wonderful trips with organizations that offer ‘educational’ or ‘reality’ tours… It’s clear to me that if you want […]

March 1, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Featured Journey of the Quarter – FF Central North Carolina, USA to FF São Luís, Brazil

“Looking back, the conviviality of the welcome party was a marker for our journey from the handshake of strangers to the embrace of friends.” – Charles John, FF Central North Carolina Ambassador As we welcome the first quarter of 2018 and the completion of our organization’s 40th Anniversary year, we also want to reflect on […]

February 28, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Welcome to Our Newest Regional Support Managers, Oyuna and Kimberly!

Friendship Force proudly welcomes two new Regional Support Managers to the FFI Headquarters team, serving Russia and other Eurasian countries and the South Pacific! Oyuna Sengeeva is taking over the regional support role from Elena McCarty (who now focuses her efforts on FFI’s work with our Open World Leadership Center programs), serving as Regional Support Manager for […]

January 30, 2018 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Calling All Photographers – January 2018 Update!

Are you a Friendship Force member with an interest in photography? We are looking for members worldwide with an interest in taking and sharing photos and improving their photography skills to form Club Clusters. No professional training required! Update – January 2018: FFI Photography Club Clusters (FFIPhotoCC) launched in January of 2018. One of the […]