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.


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


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.


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.