Friendship Force provides unique opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region. Since its founding Friendship Force has grown to over 350 clubs in more than 60 countries. Friendship Force is not a traditional travel club. Its objective is to build new friendships and promote peace and greater understanding across cultural boundaries
• We host one or more inbound exchanges from other countries each year; we share our lifestyles, homes and families as hosts, day hosts or participants for one week
• We travel on one or more outbound exchanges to other countries each year; we become part of another family’s lifestyle for one or two weeks; we may include a tour.
• We also participate in domestic exchanges, visiting or hosting members of other US clubs.
• We meet regularly for cultural enrichment, fun and fellowship.
•We attend international and regional conferences and festivals.
Ron has served as the Newsletter editor, and president of our local club, Friendship Force of Western North Carolina. Jan has served as exchange director for our South Africa Trip, and is the current president for our club.