Joanne Collins-President 2014

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CHANGING THE WAY YOU SEE THE WORLD 

Thank you for your interest in Friendship Force.

As you learn more about Friendship Force you will find that our members are attracted by the cultural exchanges, social activities and travel opportunities offered by our local chapter and our international Friendship Force organization that is based in Atlanta, Georgia.                                                                         

Friendship Force International (FFI) (thefriendshipforce.org.) is a worldwide network of clubs (local chapters) and individuals that advance our mission of promoting global understanding across the barriers that separate people.

We do this by connecting people from different countries at the personal level. When local hosts open their homes to visitors from other countries and cultures, true understanding can develop through the sharing of meals, conversation and the routines of daily life.  Since 1977 FFI has brought together millions of people.  In fact, our oganization has been so successful in its mission that Friendship Force was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.

FFI coordinates exchange planning, sets the annual exchange schedule, makes some travel arrangements, develops new exchange cities, trains volunteer leaders, develops marketing materials and communicates policies set by the Board of Trustees to local leaders.

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                                                                Mission

                                                 To promote global understanding across the barriers that separate people

Values

Mutual Respect • Cultural Diversity • Cultural Exploration • Service

      Vision     

  • That individuals may overcome differences among people and nations through the Friendship Force worldwide network of clubs.
  • That individuals may create a world of friends that becomes a world of peace by connecting the world, one friend at a time.
  • That each individual may make a contribution to global goodwill.                                                                  

                                                                                                         Slogan

CHANGING THE WAY YOU SEE THE WORLD 

   Tagline

Explore • Understand • Serve

Explore: We explore new countries and regions. We explore new cultures and new ways to connect across the barriers that separate us.

Understand: By sharing a home, meals, conversation and everyday experiences, people become friends, seeing beyond governments and borders into the heart of a country and its people. By combining home hospitality with cultural exploration, we reach a new level of understanding.

Serve: Exploration leads to understanding. Understanding leads to an acceptance of our common humanity and the desire to serve our global village—with words and actions. 

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