About Friendship Force International
Friendship Force International (FFI) is an international, non-political, non-sectarian, and non-profit organisation.
The main aim of the Friendship Force is to foster peace and understanding throughout the world by means of personal contacts and shared experiences achieved through a programme of home hosting.
The Friendship Force was founded in the USA in 1977 by Wayne Smith under the auspices of President Jimmy Carter and is coordinated from the international headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
There are over 300 clubs in over 60 countries throughout the world. New Zealand has 21 clubs, from Whangarei to Southland. To find a club near you, go to the Friendship Force in NZ page on the Menu.
The Friendship Force is not a travel club although the core activity is travelling in groups, to stay with like-minded people in other countries (a cultural exchange).
The first priority is to develop friendships and through this to generate understanding across cultural boundaries.
Exchanges are Special - A Real Living Experience, as you can enjoy
- Unique travel experiences focused on friendships.
- Hosting interesting people from around the world.
- Participating in community activities that promote lasting friendships.
For more information on exchanges go to the Exchanges page.
The Friendship Force Pledge
As a member of the Friendship Force,
I recognise that I can make a difference.
I recognise that I have a mission.
That mission is to be a friend to the people of the world.
As I embark upon this adventure,
I know that others are watching me.
I know that through my example to my own fellow citizens
and the people of other nations,
the cause of friendship, love and peace can be furthered.
I can make a difference