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Welcome to the Houston, Texas chapter of the Friendship Force International. The Friendship Force is a non-profit organization sponsoring people-to-people journeys between 350 clubs in over sixty nations of the world. It brings people together through home-stays – creating unforgettable experiences that build lasting bonds of friendship. As an Ambassador, you share lifestyles in a private home in other countries for a week. In return, you may home host people from that nation or other nations in your home sharing your lifestyle. The ever-widening Friendship Force global network represents a powerful and growing force that can overcome differences between people and nations. houston_vert_web

Open and welcoming all, we have been serving the Houston area for over three decades. Our organization has members from all sections of the greater Houston metropolitan area as well as from all walks of life. Our primary goal is to increase our knowledge of other cultures and the best way to do this is to live in the homes of fellow members of other clubs. We travel to other countries and have the opportunity to spend a week living with a host family and experiencing their daily activities We also host members from other nations in our own homes who come to visit Houston to experience our way of life.

We meet regularly to engage in interesting conversation and to hear speakers on a variety of topics. You don’t have to travel to be a part of Friendship Force. By joining one can make lasting friendships with people from all parts of the globe! We pay a small yearly membership fee to be part of Friendship Force. You are also welcome to attend any of our monthly meetings or dinners as a guest. We know you will find the experience fun and interesting.

Activities

We have regular monthly potluck lunch with a guest speaker and a monthly dinner date at a Houston restaurant. The guest speakers are from a range of backgrounds and speak on a range of interesting topics. In addition there are other special outings both when hosting other clubs or just to learn new things about our area. Please check the calendar and feel free to join as a guest anytime!

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Exchanges

Many of our members enjoy the outbound exchanges. These exchanges are organized by the Houston club or you can participate in outbound exchanges organized by other clubs.
We also host other clubs on inbound exchanges.

 

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Exchange Catalog

Welcome to the World of Friends catalog! Here you can find a variety of unique exchanges with spaces available for you...
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Newsletters

2017-03 Newsletter 2017-02 Newsletter 2017-01 Newsletter 2016-11 Newsletter 2016-10 Newsletter 2016-09 Newsletter 2016-07 Newsletter 2016-06 (no link) 2016-05 Newsletter 2016-04...
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FAQs

Why is travel with the Friendship Force called an Exchange? The word exchange comes from our organization’s early history when...
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A Brief History

The Friendship Force was founded by Wayne Smith and introduced on March 1, 1977, by President Jimmy Carter at a...
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Join us on Saturday, December 9, for our Holiday Brunch at 10:30 AM. Margaret Burgess has graciously offered her lovely home for this event located in Cypress, 16018 Elmwood Manor, 77429. Come with a dish and a White Elephant Gift, your appetite and your holiday spirit. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

 

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Can't wait.....

Pics from our international dining night and meeting at Chatters.  The food was great and the atmosphere was nice.  Our private room worked really well also.  And our speaker, Mike Huereca, was terrific, telling us all about the things hes learned over the years about cruising and ways to save money in the process and get upgrades along the way, etc.

Pics from our international dining night and meeting at Chatters. The food was great and the atmosphere was nice. Our private room worked really well also. And our speaker, Mike Huereca, was terrific, telling us all about the things he's learned over the years about cruising and ways to save money in the process and get upgrades along the way, etc. ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Several current members enjoyed meeting with some former members who were instrumental in FF Houston in the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s.  They are back row, left to right: Mary Lee Lanik, Janet Davis, Elaine Ende, Sidney Formanek, Don Davis, Joy Huntington AND front row, left to right: Lila Day, Bonnie Weisman, Dolores Rieger, Elizabeth Spooner, Wayne Payne.

Several current members enjoyed meeting with some former members who were instrumental in FF Houston in the 1980's, 90's and early 2000's. They are back row, left to right: Mary Lee Lanik, Janet Davis, Elaine Ende, Sidney Formanek, Don Davis, Joy Huntington AND front row, left to right: Lila Day, Bonnie Weisman, Dolores Rieger, Elizabeth Spooner, Wayne Payne. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

 

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I feel so priviledged to call these wonderfil folks "FRIEND".

Great time at Rudi Lechners.  Awesome food!!!

Great time at Rudi Lechner's. Awesome food!!! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

 

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Yeah, it's tough getting clear pictures. I'm hoping that new camera will help .... but it's got to wait till sales or specials, etc.... $$$.

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2 months ago

 

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sorry some of them are blurry.

#FlashbackFriday to early October to the National Conference of Friendship Force Japan, held in Kōriyama, and this lovely rendition of "Let There Be Peace on Earth." ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

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#ThrowbackThursday to September and an Open World Leadership Center delegation from Ukraine, hosted by Friendship Force of Wisconsin-Madison for their program on Media Literacy and Countering False Information. The delegates met with staff from University of Wisconsin-Madison and toured the campus, while also meeting with representatives and students from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the School of Journalism.

Thanks to Sandi, Host Director of Open World Program in Wisconsin-Madison, for the photos!
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5 days ago

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To celebrate FFIs 40th Anniversary, Friendship Force Blue Mountains, Australia, decided to stock shoe boxes with age-appropriate goodies for refugee children new to Australia! This was a year-long project of giving that the Blue Mountains members embraced with gusto. The items - both school supplies and toys to occupy them over summer break - will be donated to refugee children under the age of 12, who often arrive to the country with very little. Thanks to Social Committee Chair, Faye, for the photos and information, and great work FF Blue Mountains!Image attachment

To celebrate FFI's 40th Anniversary, Friendship Force Blue Mountains, Australia, decided to stock shoe boxes with age-appropriate goodies for refugee children new to Australia! This was a year-long project of giving that the Blue Mountains members embraced with gusto. The items - both school supplies and toys to occupy them over summer break - will be donated to refugee children under the age of 12, who often arrive to the country with very little. Thanks to Social Committee Chair, Faye, for the photos and information, and great work FF Blue Mountains! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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What a great thing to do! Thank you FF of Blue Mountains.

Great idea! Congratulations from Melbourne FF.

Wonderful expression of Friendship

7 days ago

Marta Fonseca
Happy holidays around FFI. Happy to enter this great group from Costa Rica.

Happy holidays around FFI. Happy to enter this great group from Costa Rica. ... See MoreSee Less

As we round out 2017, we look back at some of the celebrations our clubs around the world have organized for Friendship Force's 40th Anniversary! Back in March, FF Fortaleza, Brazil visited a charitable organization for kids called Centro Juvenil Dom Bosco, which provides young children with social activities like music, sports, arts, social education, reading, computer training, capoeira, and Portuguese language-learning so they can stay occupied and drug-free. The club members took a cake, sang happy birthday, and spread the mission and vision of Friendship Force. Watch the video of their visit below! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Excelente la participacion de Friendship Force en actividades de proyeccion social, felicitaciones

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

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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.

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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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