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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 10 clubs, mostly in the North Island.  To find a club near you, go to the Friendship Force in NZ page on the menu. If you are not near a club you can also join as a Global Member - see Global Membership under the Clubs 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 journey). 

The first priority is to develop friendships and through this to generate understanding across cultural boundaries.

Friendship Force Journeys 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 go to the Friendship Force Journeys 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