FFI: August Journey Catalog

July 28, 2020


Grand Tour of Italy
April 10 to April 24, 2021
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Best of Scotland
August 29 to September 8, 2021
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We understand that the impact of COVID-19 on 2021 international travel remains uncertain. At the same time, it is important to support clubs looking optimistically towards the future. Please indicate your interest in any Friendship Force Journey, safe in the knowledge that we will keep you updated as we learn more about the global travel situation.
Feeling adventurous? Ready to travel soon?
Journey Coordinator seeks indications of interest for May 2021 Global Journey to Armenia and Azerbaijan. 
In order to begin preliminary planning, it’s only fair to our two hosting clubs, FF Baku & FF Yerevan, (both of whom are very keen to host us,) that we have an idea of whether or not we will be able to recruit enough ambassadors to fill this Journey. Please email Journey Coordinator, Bobbie Mulholland, mulholland.bobbie1@gmail.comto register your interest.
It is well understood that this Journey will only proceed if the COVID19 situation has improved enough to permit travel.
For more information, or to register for any of the options below,
visit the
 FFI Virtual Experiences page.

Faces and Places in France
Thursday, July 30, 2020, 4:00 p.m. CEST

Host: Valerie Malfara, FFI Staff

Trivia Quiz 
(First day/time option of two identical sessions.)
Monday, August 3, 2020, 7:30 p.m. CEST

Host: Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

Trivia Quiz 
(Different day & time, identical questions.)
Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 11:00 a.m. CEST

Host: Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

Faces and Places in Brazil
Thursday, August 6, 2020, 9:00 p.m. Sao Paulo

Hosts: Thiago Lorena, FF Ribeirao Preto and Hemily Nogueira, FFI Staff

Improve Your Travel PhotographyTips, Tricks, and Gear
Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 11:00 a.m. US EDT

Hosts: Dr. Sharon Swallwood, FF Florida Suncoast and Allison Lindsey, FFI Staff

Faces and Places New Zealand
Thursday, August 13, 2020, 11:30 a.m. New Zealand Time

Hosts: John Hannah and Kimberly Fraser, FFI Staff

FFI: The Friendship Connection

July 16, 2020

In this issue…

  • A Family of Volunteers
  • Friendship Force Takes Steps Towards a New Future
  • Health and Safety Guidelines for Friendship Force Journeys after COVID-19
  • Continuing Our Journey – Now Is The Time!
  • Maximize Your FFI Virtual Experiences
In case you missed it…
  • A “Thank You” to Donors
  • “Continuing Our Journey” Campaign Update
  • 2020 & 2021 Canceled and Postponed Journeys
A Family of Volunteers

The Hagan family’s fascinating tale of travel and friendship-building spans forty years and three generations.

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Friendship Force Takes Steps Towards a New Future

Evolve or die: a fundamental precept for operating any business

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Health and Safety Guidelines for Friendship Force Journeys after COVID-19

Checklist to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Read more…

Maximize Your FFI Virtual Experiences!

A guide to help you make the most of the Friendship Force Virtual Experiences page

Read more…

Explore FFI Virtual Experiences

Browse the latest FFI Virtual Experiences and register for some today!

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In Case You Missed It…
A “Thank You” to Donors
“Continuing Our Journey” Campaign Update
2020 & 2021 Canceled and Postponed Journeys
Friendship Force has a NEW mailing address!

279 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046 USA

The Friendship Connection is a new periodical email newsletter focused on keeping our members informed with up-to-date happenings from the organization. 


FFI: The 2021 Festival at Sea

July 6, 2020

Dear Friends,
As the world slowly opens up again for international adventures, we are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to explore northern Europe in August 2021.
Next year’s Festival at Sea, on-board the beautiful Niew Statendam ship, starts and ends in Copenhagen, Denmark. For two weeks we will sail through multiple ports in Norway, Iceland, and Scotland, and, as always, we will offer our very own Friendship Force workshops and social events, on a route that is sure to be enchanting.

Please review the schedule, pricing and sign-up details on the Festival at Sea page. Pay particular attention to Holland America’s special deal, the Have It All Sale, valid for all sign-ups prior to July 31, 2020.

Receive up to US $2,300 in extras:
• Free drinks
• Free gratuities
• Free Signature Dining Package
• Free Wi-Fi for Suites
• 50% Reduced Deposit (refundable)
Cruise lines offer different promotional deals throughout the year, so if you miss this one, don’t worry! We will be happy to work with you for the best package possible at the time you register.

Registration details are on the Festival at Sea page. If you have any other questions not covered on that page, simply email our partner agent at Total Travel Events: sherry@totaltravelevents.com

We would love for you to participate in next year’s Festival at Sea, but even if you cannot, please feel free to share this information with any friends or family that you think would like to join us!

Wishing you all the best, wherever you are, and I look forward to our next face-to-face meet-up!

In Friendship,

Jeremi Snook

Deposits are fully refundable up until April 1, 2021 

FFI: The Catalog of Virtual Experiences

July 2, 2020


We are pleased to introduce Friendship Force Virtual Experiencesa series of opportunities to meet friends, experience other cultures, or learn something new. With new experiences added regularly and curated by members like you, FFI staff, and special guests, the series offers something for everyone. Thanks to your recent contributions, FFI is still here and able to make all of this possible. Thank you for your generosity and for continuing this journey with us!

– Allison Lindsey, VP of Member Engagement

There are three main types of Virtual Experiences, indicated by the following icons:

Friendship Force Virtual Journeys 

A Virtual Journey is a virtual experience that would take place over the course of about a month. Clubs would be matched to “visit” one another virtually, with one club assigned as the host club and one club as the ambassador club. The members of these clubs would come together using online tools like Zoom. There would be a “welcome party” with participants from both clubs in a Zoom meeting, a period of 2 – 3 weeks when paired  hosts and ambassadors get to know one another through email, written letters, video chats and phone calls. The experience would culminate with a “Farewell Party” in which the ambassador club shares about their culture and country and participants share their experiences or impressions.

Friendship Force Learning Place 

In the “Learning Place”, you can take advantage of training materials designed to help you learn new skills and become more successful in what you do. Here you can find all kinds of resources, from best practices to help your club flourish, leadership training to support your members, technology tutorials to help you stay connected, and chances to learn about Friendship Force activities that support our mission. Connect with an online community, talk with other registrants and webinar moderators, and grow with us.

Friendship Force Members Connect 

This is where Friendship Force members come to connect to spend time online with one another, learn from our members about their home country, culture and traditions, and connect on a deeper level through interacting via Friendship Force Faces and PlacesFriendship Force Pen Pals, or Friendship Force Bridging the Gap experiences.

Friendship Force Faces and Places – In the “Faces and Places” series, you will have the opportunity to meet Friendship Force members from around the globe as they showcase their countries. These webinar-style events will give you a chance to learn firsthand about another person’s culture, community, and experience – all without leaving your home. Participants will be able to interact with hosts, ask questions, and gain more knowledge about destinations and travel options for the future.

Friendship Force Pen Pals  – FFI Pen Pals is a new way to “experience different views and discover common ground”. Get matched up with another FFI member based on your interests – shared hobbies, common interests, a specific region or city, or a foreign language you’d like to practice. Or simply be surprised and get matched randomly! Then sit down and start writing – all you need is a pen, a piece of paper, an envelope and a stamp.

Friendship Force Bridging the Gap – Bringing people together to get to know each other in spite of their differences. – Coming soon!

Access Virtual Experiences Catalog Here!
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