Spend time with members of FF Varel while exploring the wetlands, seal colony, and sites around the North Sea Coast of Germany!

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Varel, Germany.

Live With a Local

  • Seven nights of home-hosting with FF Varel in Germany
  • Welcome brunch and farewell party with the whole club
  • Experience the Frisian tea tradition and explore the Wadden Sea with locals (a tidal wetland area in Northern Germany and Unesco World Heritage)
  • Enjoy a regional cooking evening

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Varel city tour with castle church and windmill
  • Island of Spiekeroog (East Frisian island off the North Sea Coast)
  • Jade Bay (German: Jadebusen)
  • Traditional old-style fishing boat trip with showfishing and seal colony visit
  • Tour of the mudflats on foot (Wadden Sea is a World Unesco Heritage Site)
  • Weser delta/marsh (salt and freshwater mix at the mouth of the Weser)
  • Visit a typical tea house/tea shop
  • Brewery of Jever
A wonderful program enjoyed by all. Excellent hosts. - 2018 ambassador from New Zealand

Explore the North Sea Coast with FF Varel, Germany

8 Days / 7 Nights Program and Itinerary:

July 7, 2019 – July 14, 2019
Coordinator: Birgit Wagner, FF Varel
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

July 7, 2019

Arrival at host families

July 8, 2019

Day in Varel

Welcome brunch

Reception with the mayor

Walking tour of Varel with a visit to the castle church and windmill

July 9, 2019

Weser delta/marsh

Canoe trip on river Wapel with a picnic stop

Butjadinger tea house

July 10, 2019

Island of Spiekeroog

Trip with a traditional “Fischkutter,” an old-style fishing boat, with a visit to a seal colony sandbanks, show-fishing, and lunch on the island

July 11, 2019

Typical tour of the mudflats on foot (Wadden Sea is a World Unesco Heritage site)

Evening: regional cooking

July 12, 2019

Bike Tour around the Bay of Jade (e-bikes possible)

July 13, 2019

Day in Jever and Wilhelmshaven

Visit the Jever Brewery

Choice of three museums: Marine/Aquarium/Wattenmeerhaus (Wadden Sea visitor center)

Farewell Party

July 14, 2019



$750 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, meals and activities, entrance fees, tours, bike and canoe rental, transport, and contingency fee depending on group size and exchange rate fluctuation. (You will be reimbursed if there is money left over)


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Know before you go

  • Journey number 15160
  • A rain coat and rain pants are a good idea, as well as light clothes for outdoors (it's summer, but you never know!)
  • Good sturdy shoes for walking and sporty, comfortable clothes
  • Our region is flat, don't expect any mountains!
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Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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