Global Art and Bumba Meu Boi Festival in Brazil

Journey Coordinator Invitation
Global Art and Bumba Meu Boi Festival in Brazil
June 6 to 20, 2019
My name is Mary Jane DeVault, a member of FF Greater Orlando, Florida, and I am the Journey Coordinator for the upcoming Global Journey to the North of Brazil. Brazil is very special to me, I lived in the south for several years and return as often as possible.
The adventure will consist of two seven-night homestays with FF Fortaleza and FF São Luís. I visited the Fortaleza club in 2015, and I know first hand how gracious and fun-loving these people can be.
Your hosts in Fortaleza will keep you busy showing your their beaches, art, markets, and much more. They will take us on an overnight stay at a hotel in a quaint fishing village. There we can watch the sunset from atop of the sand dunes. Those who wish to can take dune buggy rides along the beaches which is fun. Learning a Brazilian dance with my new friends left me with a special memory.
We will fly to our next club – FF São Luís. Here we will have a very special cultural experience attending the Bumba Meu Boi, a folklore story presented with song and dance. Best of all, we will get to enjoy it with our hosts! This is an event I am certainly looking forward to seeing for the first time.
The most difficult part of the Journey will be saying goodbye to our new Brazilian friends. The people and beauty of this place will capture your heart!

There are not many spaces left on this Journey, so please contact me if you are interested!

In friendship,
Mary Jane DeVault, Journey Coordinator
FF Greater Orlando, Florida, USA

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Journey dates: June 6 to 20, 2019. The cost of this Journey is $1300 USD and includes: FFI and host fees, domestic flight from Fortaleza to São Luís.

Germany this July!

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Explore the North Sea Coast with FF Varel, Germany
July 7 to 14, 2019
My name is Birgit Wagner, and I invite you to join me and fellow members of Friendship Force of Varel, Germany this July as we explore the North Sea Coast! Varel is called a “city between water and forest” due to our coastal mudflats in harmony with the tides, and the unique fauna and flora of the area – which has been recognized as a UNESCO Natural Heritage site.
This Journey will be an excellent mix of outdoor activities and regional traditions, while ambassadors will enjoy a full week of home-hosting with the members of FF Varel.
Activities will include:

  • Cycling
  • Canoeing
  • Touring the Wadden Sea World Unesco Heritage Centre on foot

Cultural experiences will include:

  • Frisian tea tradition
  • Regional cooking
  • Local brewery visit
  • Visit of a typical Frisian windmill
A highlight of this Journey will be the day on the small island of Spiekeroog, a car-free East Frisian island with a coastal enclave and resort. As a frequent vacation destination for many German presidents, Spiekeroog is abundant with nature and charming sites, like a horse-drawn railway and small village center. We know ambassadors will particularly enjoy this day-trip.
We hope you will join us to explore our region – we have really built in many must-sees and must-dos into this week! Come and get to know this special area in Northern Germany. 

In friendship,
Birgit Wagner, President of FF Varel, Germany
FFI Board of Directors

View this Journey on the Catalog and Apply Today!
Journey dates: July 7 to 14, 2019. The cost of this Journey is $750 USD and 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.

February journey catalog

Global Art and Bumba Meu Boi Festival in Brazil
June 6 to June 20, 2019
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Explore the North Sea Coast with FF Varel, Germany
July 7 to July 14, 2019
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Itanhaem and Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, with visit to Iguazu Falls
March 10 to March 28, 2019
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Trujillo, Peru, Mexico City, Mexico, and Orlando, USA
April 22 to May 14, 2019
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Edmonton & Area and Manitoba, Canada, and Greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA 
August 1 to 27, 2019
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Habitat for Humanity, Global Village – Moinesti, Romania and FF Bucharest Option
August 30 to September 11, 2019
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Berlin, Schwerin, and Norderstedt, Germany
August 24 to September 8, 2019
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Discover Sicily: A Cultural Journey
September 2 to 12, 2019
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Discover Iceland
October 1 to October 7, 2019
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Exploring South of Brazil
October 20 to November 3, 2019
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Getting to the heart of Friendship Force

You are invited to the February social event that will be fun, informative and offer plenty of interaction amongst our members!!
*  Food, refreshments, and prizes will be offered!
*  An Orientation Booklet is ATTACHED in an email sent to members.  Reference will be made to the booklet so please review the booklet to prepare you for our interactive game and prizes!
Date:  Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time:  3-5 pm
Place:  Alicia & Roland Fletcher’s home – 505-255-1732
            2624 Morrow Rd. NE
            Albuquerque, NM
RSVP:  no later than Thursday, Feb 14, 2019  by calling or texting Berta Wagstaff at 710-4448 or emailing her at
You are encouraged to bring guests.  This will be a great  opportunity to find out what you have been anxious to know about Friendship Force!
See you there!
Berta Wagstaff
Membership Development Chairperson

Chinese New Year!

Please join us in welcoming Chinese New Year!!!
Date:  Sunday, Feb 10
Time:  Noon
Place:  Ho-Lo-Mai Restaurant

Address:  8624 Menaul Blvd NE
Luncheon Price:  $25 (adults)
                           Menu includes tax, tip & hot tea.
Iced tea, soft drinks, beer and wine are additional.
A delicious SIX (6) course meal, live entertainment, educational presentation (you will learn about the history and the Year of the Boar); there will be a Lion’s dance, and a raffle to support the Chinese-American Citizens Alliance Albuquerque Lodge (CACA-ABQ)  Scholarship program and as in the past, quite festive!
                  If you leave hungry, it is your own fault; there will be lots of food!!!
Checks Payable to:  CACA-ABQ Lodge
Mail to:  Berta Wagstaff
             PO Box 66775
             Albuquerque, NM  87193
DEADLINE:  February 4, 2019  – NO refunds
Call/text (710-4448) OR email –  Berta Wagstaff  and let me know, “the check is in the mail.”
Tickets go fast!!; however, special arrangements were made and 20 tickets were reserved for our Club.  It will be on a first come basis.
Let’s make it a great year to have fun, get better acquainted and increase membership in our Club.
Berta Wagstaff
Membership Development Chairperson
Look forward to celebrating the  Chinese New Year with y’all!

United States e-Flyer for February

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