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About Friendship Force

Friendship Force International provides 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.

In a typical Friendship Force program, a local club (chapter) prepares an itinerary of cultural activities, inviting members from clubs in other countries to come and stay with them in their homes for up to a week.

There are many ways to explore the world through the Friendship Force. For example, you may:

- Join a group making a cultural exploration of another country or of another region of your own country.

- Bring the world to your doorstep by hosting international visitors in your home.

- Join a cultural travel program formed around common interests such as gardening, hiking, wine and many others.

- Get involved with a Friendship Force club in your city, or organize one yourself.


Ten Reasons to Explore the World with the Friendship Force

1. Go where you’ve never been
Take a journey into the heart of a country and its people. Friendship Force International conducts over 300 programs every year, in 377 communities in 60 countries. Friendship Force hosts are eager to welcome you into their culture, sharing sights and experiences that are not available to tourists.

2. Get off the beaten track
There’s no better way to see a new place than with a friend who knows its “best kept secrets.” You might dine in a palace in Indonesia, visit a remote village in Africa, or see a polo match in Argentina.

3. Cultural immersion
Through the unique Friendship Force program of home hospitality, international travelers are hosted in the homes of local families. In this way, you can get to know a new culture from the inside. For example, you might learn local pastimes, such as calligraphy in Japan or snowshoeing in Canada, or you could learn family recipes in your host’s kitchen. You might even be invited to a religious ceremony or a wedding.

4. Personal friendships
When you travel or host with the Friendship Force, you get to know real people by sharing real life. Often, friendships are formed that last a lifetime.

5. Bring the world to your doorstep
As a Friendship Force host, you can explore the world without leaving home by extending the hand of friendship to international guests. It’s a rewarding experience to give your guests an up-close, insider’s view of life in your country, either through overnight home hospitality or daytime cultural activities.

6. Represent your country
When you travel or host with the Friendship Force, you have the opportunity to share knowledge of your country and culture with new friends from around the world. Through friendly conversation and everyday experiences, you become part of changing the way others see your culture and the world.

7. Make a Difference
There are many opportunities to make a difference in communities around the world. For example, you can help your new friends practice your language, bring supplies to a needy school, or host foreign teachers attending a professional development program in your city.

8. Pursue your passions around the world
Themed programs allow participants to come together to explore a common interest in a unique region of the world. You could spend a week exploring the gardens of England, studying biodiversity in Costa Rica, touring vineyards in New Zealand, or cycling the Niagara Falls region, all with the company of international friends who share your enthusiasm.

9. Lifelong learning
The Friendship Force promotes lifelong learning through a variety of travel and hosting programs. For example, programs especially for teachers and students promote education across borders. Language learning programs provide the opportunity to spend a week in a foreign country with a host family, in full language immersion.

10. Promote Global Goodwill
Friendship Force participants greet the world with an open mind and respect for other cultures. In this way, each person makes an individual contribution toward global goodwill.


Find out how you can Get Involved with the Friendship Force.

 

A Brief History of the Friendship Force

     

The Friendship Force was founded by Wayne Smith and introduced on March 1, 1977, by President Jimmy Carter at a White House gathering of state governors. At that time, President Carter asked the governors to return to their states and identify a volunteer leader who would serve as State Director for the Friendship Force in their state. Rosalyn Carter served as Honorary Chairperson until 2002.

FF originally involved groups ranging from 150 to 400 private citizens, known as friendship ambassadors, traveling via chartered aircraft to the partner city where a group of the same size boarded to return to the original city, hence the terminology “Exchange,” the word we use still to refer to our travel programs. The visiting ambassadors were hosted in the homes of volunteer host families for a week, sharing everyday experiences and getting to know each other on a personal basis. The first FF experience involved 762 Ambassadors in a simultaneous exchange between Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England and Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

During its first five years, a few large two-way exchanges were conducted each year. In 1982, Friendship Force travel arrangements changed from charters to one-way “exchanges” on regularly scheduled airlines, allowing greater flexibility and a reduction of group size—first to 40-80 and later to 20-25. The change in format permitted a great expansion of the program worldwide. Instead of a few large exchanges each year, there are now 250-300 smaller exchanges.

While the size and number of exchanges has changed dramatically since 1977, the basic Friendship Force formula is the same, with visiting ambassadors spending a week in the home of a host family. While each exchange is now in just one direction, the participating ambassadors and hosts develop a shared understanding of each other’s culture so that a true cultural exchange takes place. In many cases, the friendships established during an exchange continue for many years, with follow-up visits through later Friendship Force exchanges or through private visits.

Mr. Ryoichi Sasakawa, President of The Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation, played an important role in the organization’s history. After being introduced to the Friendship Force, Mr. Sasakawa became convinced of the worthy goals of the program. Thanks to Mr. Sasakawa’s financial gifts in the mid 1980s, The Friendship Force was able to grow into a global network of independent chapters, which are called Friendship Force clubs. The clubs are organized and led by volunteers in more than 350 communities on six continents.

In 1985, the A.R.M.S. (American Russian Mutual Survival) program was implemented under the auspices of The Friendship Force. The endeavor encouraged the use of arms that embrace rather than arms that destroy. In May of that year a group of 10 Soviet citizens traveled to the U.S. to extend arms of friendship in Atlanta, Georgia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia and Washington D.C. This was followed by a series of exchanges between the USA and the USSR, with thousands of Americans and Soviets participating. The success of the ARMS program demonstrated that the Friendship Force can be a powerful force for good in the world.

As a result of its initiatives between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Friendship Force was nominated in 1992 for The Nobel Peace Prize.

In addition to its annual series of exchanges between established Friendship Force clubs, Friendship Force International (FFI) conducts a variety of specialized programs. These include the “discover” series designed to introduce Friendship Force members to new countries and cultures, humanitarian and educational exchanges, and Friendship Festivals that include participants from many countries.

Since its founding in 1977, The Friendship Force has brought together millions of people. Today we are active in 60 countries, promoting friendship and goodwill through an extensive program of home hosting, or exchanges. In 2012, there were 333 exchanges conducted with 5,443 ambassadors traveling. Thousands of families served as hosts.

Friendship Force International is supported by membership, exchange fees, donations, and foundation grants.

FFI Mission

Mission

To promote global understanding across the barriers that separate people

Values
Mutual Respect • Cultural Diversity • Cultural Exploration • Service

Vision
Each individual will make a contribution to global goodwill.
The Friendship Force worldwide network of clubs and individuals will overcome differences among people and nations.
By connecting the world, one friend at a time, we will create a world of friends that becomes a world of peace.

Slogan
Changing the Way You See the World

Tagline
Explore • Understand • Serve

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

Understand: 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.

Serve: 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.

Quick Facts

333 exchanges were conducted in 2012 with 5,443 ambassadors traveling. Thousands more families served as hosts.

377 chartered clubs and programs in 60 countries on 6 continents with more than 18,000 members worldwide.

Friendship Force is a volunteer-driven organization. More than 1,500 volunteer leaders work more than 30,000 hours each year to promote the Friendship Force mission.

225,000 ambassadors and 750,000 hosts have participated in Friendship Force programs since 1977.

The headquarters office of FFI (Friendship Force International) is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The work of the central office staff is supplemented by additional part time staff in Atlanta and in other locations. The staff members are listed in alphabetical order with brief biographies as well as their main job responsibility and how to contact them.

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Joy DiBenedetto

President and CEO

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Joy DiBenedetto is founder and former CEO of HUM: Human Unlimited Media, working to build the world’s first and only ‘all-nation’ content and information agency. An award-winning 20-year media veteran, she has covered every major global event in successively senior positions, from the studio and in the field; domestically and internationally; as a producer and manager.
Until March of 2008, she was the global vice president of network booking and research for the CNN News Group, where she oversaw daily and long-term guest coverage for CNN’s domestic and international news networks and platforms, managing a worldwide editorial staff. 

Prior to this, DiBenedetto served as director of network booking for CNN’s domestic networks.  While at CNN she developed and managed the Newsource affiliate guest booking service called “GuestSource,” created the first internet interview programming for CNN.COM, and worked to build CNN’s exclusive guest booking system.  Before joining CNN, she worked in Turner Broadcasting’s corporate finance division. She has also previously worked for CARE, the international humanitarian group, and as a caseworker handling senior citizens for New York City.
Her collective work throughout a professional career spans both the media industry and humanitarian interests, as reflected in a multitude of projects designed to bring both of these passions together. 
Throughout her career she has strived to elevate the importance of global understanding and to unite the world’s people. She pursued this goal with Turner Broadcasting, CNN and HUM by making positive change towards “closing the Geographic Gap” in media, as well as by serving at various humanitarian efforts with CARE, the Fugee’s Family and the United Nations, among other partners.
  
DiBenedetto believes strongly in the Friendship Force mission and in the signature program of home hospitality, which encourages personal friendships among global citizens. “This is an authentic message and method of worldwide cooperation that, in our data-driven digital age is often overlooked; and one which I am eager to help elevate and represent on behalf of the incredible mission and purpose of Friendship Force International,” DiBenedetto said.

She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology/audiology. In addition to being a recipient of a George Foster Peabody award, an Alfred I-duPont Columbia Broadcast News award, and a Jack Myers Media award for Innovation, she is also a Marshall Memorial fellow and a UN Foundation Global Health Press fellow who sits on numerous advisory and directorial boards. She often speaks publicly about the media industry, international business strategy, and on what unites people across the world.
DiBenedetto is a world trekker who often roller skates and bicycles to work and who has survived Dengue Fever.

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Allison Lindsey

Educational Project Manager

Languages: English, German

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By the time she was seven years old, Allison Lindsey had lived in seven states – making her a perfect candidate for Friendship Force International! At age seven, Allison’s family decided to call the Atlanta suburb of Lilburn home. Later, she attended Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in family and child development. During her senior year of college she studied abroad at Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England. That was her first experience traveling and living abroad, one that has turned out to be the first of many! She has now visited 22 countries and 31 states within the United States.

Allison first came to work at the Friendship Force in 1996 as a program coordinator, shortly after returning from Berlin, Germany, where she lived with a family and went to language school. She left the Friendship Force in 2000 to pursue work at a faith-based organization and worked there until her son was born in 2005. Even though she wasn’t working for the Friendship Force, the goals of the organization remained close to her heart.

In the fall of 2007, Allison returned to work at the Friendship Force, working part-time as the Educational Project Coordinator. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, participating in activities at her church and in her community, nurturing her budding interest in growing a vegetable garden and playing tennis.

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Ana Smulski

Program Manager for Latin America / Network Administrator

Department of Program Services
Languages Spoken: Portuguese, Spanish & English

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Ana is originally from Brazil where she earned a B.S. in computer science. As a systems analyst, she worked for a supermarket chain and a credit card company. She then began working as a lieutenant for the Brazilian Army where she thought she was at the peak of her career; however, Ana came to the US in 2001 to participate in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Georgia Tech. She became fascinated with the diversity of cultures, languages, faces and ideas she encountered. Enchanted by the country, Ana has been living here since then. In her spare time, she likes hiking with her dog, enjoying nature, reading, movies and being with her family.

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Barbara Stonebrink-Martin

Program Manager for Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Languages: German, English

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Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Barbara’s first intercultural challenge was the communication with the family of her Dutch father. After 10th grade she took the opportunity to go on a high school exchange to the U.S., where she met her future husband.

With him she moved to Atlanta in 2007 after finishing a bachelor’s degree in business with a major in human resources and intercultural communication and cooperation at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany. While in college she had the opportunity to travel around the UK, the Czech Republic, Poland, Egypt and China.

Besides seeing the world she enjoys spending time with people, the outdoors and the environment. She is a passionate gardener and a cook with a passion for exotic flavors.

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Elena McCarty

Program Manager for Russia and Eastern Europe

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Elena McCarty was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. When she was 10 years old, she fell in love with the English language while reading the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – especially the novels featuring Sherlock Holmes. She says her life path was decided the moment she discovered the famous detective: she attended the English magnet school and Moscow University of Foreign Languages, and she worked as an English teacher, as an Intourist interpreter for Greek- and English-speaking visitors, and as an English instructor in college. During the tumultuous years of the fall of the Soviet Union, she was hired to interpret and later to work in Sales and Marketing in the first Soviet-American joint venture in the hotel business. “I felt like a character in an adventure book.”  This undertaking was fascinating for Elena, as well as for other people working there, both Russian and American.  One of the latter became her husband, resulting in Elena’s relocation to the United States where she has lived for the past 17 years.

Elena loves to explore and learn new things.  This desire for knowledge took Elena back to school in the Twin Cities, where she got her MBA in marketing.

Aside from studying she enjoys knitting, sewing, cooking, and playing golf. Her favorite pass time is to curl up with a book and one of her two black cats.

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Ebony Rogers

Director of Finance and Administration

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Ebony Jamela Rogers joined Friendship Force International in January 2013.  An alumna of Oglethorpe University, Ebony graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  During her time at Oglethorpe, Ebony completed internships with the City of Savannah, Georgia and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.  After earning her undergraduate degree, Ebony worked for 2 ½ years as a staff accountant with an Atlanta-based company before accepting the Senior Accountant position with FFI.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Ebony now resides in Atlanta.  She is currently pursuing CPA designation, with the intention of becoming a license Certified Public Accountant within the next year.  In her spare time, Ebony enjoys attending the ballet and opera, viewing new artwork at exhibits throughout the city, and crocheting afghans in the comfort of her home. 

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Jillian Walters

Communications Manager

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Jillian graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, with a degree in English. She studied abroad in both Guatemala and England, where she spent three months studying at Oxford University. She is excited to join FFI in a position that combines her passions for good communication and intercultural understanding.

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Maggie Smith

Communications Coordinator/ Graphic Design

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Maggie graduated from Berry College in Rome, Georgia in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in visual communication. She enjoys designing, writing, and creating interesting things. Maggie has interned with a couple advertising companies in the Atlanta area and hopes to bring her passion for creativity and branding to the forefront with Friendship Force.

Maggie was born and raised in Atlanta, though her parents are originally from New Jersey and Ohio. She has been fortunate enough to have many opportunities to travel the world with her family. Maggie is an avid animal lover and spent a year after college volunteering at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility. Her other passions include digital drawing, all things Disney, treasure hunting at thrift stores, and adding to her expansive movie collection.

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Laura Romero

Program Manager for Latin America

Department of Program Services
Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Laura was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved with her family to Atlanta, Georgia, when she was six years old. She graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in International Economics and Modern Language. While in school, she studied abroad in Granada, Spain and traveled to Paris, France. Her love of traveling and cultural understanding is what drew her to the Friendship Force. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and she enjoys getting to use both languages as she works with Latin American club leaders to help them share their culture with the world.

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Noriko Kanamoto

Program Manager for Japan

Department of Program Services
Languages: Japanese, English

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Noriko Kanamoto graduated from the Japan Women’s University in Japan School of Humanities. She majored in Japanese language and literature and studied teaching Japanese as a second language. After graduating, she worked at the Department of International Travel at Hankyu International Co. and she provided tour services arranging hotel accommodation, bus transportation, etc. for Japanese tours sponsored by the company.

Noriko planned popular European tours and designed advertising leaflets and pamphlets for those excursions. She also joined tours in Germany, the UK, Austria and Switzerland.  After leaving Hankyu she has worked at Tokyo University as a secretary for ten years, supporting professors with foreign exchange students.  Noriko has also traveled to the US, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, Taiwan, Saipan and Guam.

Having experience providing services for people and traveling abroad, Noriko enjoys speaking with a variety of people and making friends across barriers all over the world.

She was born in Tokyo, Japan, and lives in Mitaka City with her family, near Inokashira Park, known for its beautiful cherry blossoms.  Noriko enjoys taking walks in the park with her family and taking pictures of nature and architecture.

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Matthew Nidek

Program Manager for Australia and New Zealand

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Matthew was born in Toledo, Ohio, USA, and moved with his family to Ludlow, Vermont, when he was nine years old.  He graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in music education.  He taught and performed music in New York City and Portland, Oregon, before moving to Australia and New Zealand in 2004.  Matthew became a permanent resident of New Zealand in 2006 and earned a postgraduate certificate in public policy from Victoria University of Wellington in 2010.  He has traveled extensively throughout the South Pacific as well as Europe, China and North America.  Matthew returned to the US early in 2011 and is thrilled to be at FFI to share his passions for travel, cultural understanding and community service.

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Mary Mwambay

Program Manager for Canada, Africa and Western Europe

Department of Program Services
Languages: French, English

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Mary Mwambay comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a daughter of a Methodist minister, Mary first came to America as a baby with her parents who came as missionaries. After seven years, they returned to Congo where she grew up and completed her education with a degree in accounting and business administration.

Mary’s ability to speak English, French and Swahili on top of four African languages landed her a job with the airlines: she worked as an administrative assistant and ground hostess at Zambia Airways in Lubumbashi, Congo, and at Air Zaire in Johannesburg, South Africa. Later, Mary accepted the position of sales manager for Shabair, a private airline.

Mary has always lived in Atlanta since moving to the United States in 1994 with her husband and four daughters. She has been actively involved in community activities, first as an event coordinator for Nouvelle Jerusalem Church of God, one of the local African French speaking churches, then as a member of the organizing committee for the Congolese Community of Atlanta (COCOMATL). This association was recently founded with the purpose of addressing the needs of the Congolese living in Atlanta. Mary also participates in the children’s council meetings at Winter Chapel United Methodist Church, her home church.

Mary comes to FFI after 5 years with Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s largest healthcare organizations, where she worked in the claims department as a support service technician. Mary sees Friendship Force as the ultimate opportunity to put her cross-cultural, international and interpersonal skills to good use.

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Maryam Jordan

Program Manager for Asia

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Maryam Jordan graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  She majored in Humanities in International Affairs with a focus on Arab Studies. During her time at the university she did a study abroad program at the American University in Cairo in Egypt. 
After graduating, she moved to Osaka, Japan, to participate in the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Program teaching English as a Second Language to Japanese high school students.  While Maryam lived in Osaka for three years she was able to travel in the region and learned a great deal about the peoples and cultures of Asia.
Having always been fascinated by various cultures and international travel, she enjoys working with people from all over the world and promoting the mission of Friendship Force International.  Over the years, she has lived and traveled overseas and made meaningful and long-lasting friendships.
Maryam was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, in the USA and has traveled to other countries including Jordan, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. In her spare time she enjoys social media and loves spending quality time with her family.

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Kristin Harrison

Exchange Matching and Programming Manager

Department of Program Services

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When Kristin was young, her family traveled to Maracaibo, Venezuela on an FFI exchange from Des Moines, Iowa.  She still has fond memories of seeing her first bullfight, taking a boat tour of the oil fields and dining with dignitaries. She believes that her love of travel started with Friendship Force.

Kristin attended Northwestern University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.  She worked for several years as an IT consultant for a retail software company. As a consultant, she travelled extensively across the US and abroad. She is very excited about being a member of the dynamic staff at Friendship Force International and helping our dedicated volunteers continue to create memorable exchanges.

Kristin has lived in Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois, and is a Midwesterner through and through. She currently lives in Marietta, GA with her husband and two children.

The governing Board of Directors of Friendship Force International (FFI) consists of volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to overseeing the global operations of the organization. Board members serve four year terms. The current members are from nine countries. Most are experienced Friendship Force leaders, but several come from outside of FFI, adding a valuable external perspective.

Jack Mullen

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Chair - Friendship Force of Western North Carolina, USA

Jack is a retired accountant (CPA).  During his career he lived and worked in various countries, including Venezuela, Spain and Chile.  He and his wife have been active members of the Friendship force of Western NC since 2001, holding several leadership positions. He has led various exchanges including the 2010 global exchange to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico.

Beatriz E. Gamboa de Ardila (Cuqui)

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Friendship Force of Bogotá, Colombia

Cuqui is well known by the Friendship Force family, having been active in the Bogotá club since its founding in 1982. She is a dentist, working with her husband in two dental clinics.  Cuqui began her international experience as an AFS exchange student. The Bogota club is well known for an excellent hosting program and is unique in that its outbound exchanges always include families with children.

Cinda Clark

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Friendship Force of Northern Colorado, USA

Cinda Clark is a member of the Friendship Force of Northern Colorado, USA. She took early retirement from a 20 year career in banking, followed by 12 years as a part time bookkeeper, giving her the flexibility for international travel. Cinda is a charter member of her club, with extensive leadership experience at the local and regional level. She helped establish two clubs, is past president of the club, has led 20 exchanges and served as a US field representative in the Mountain States Region.

Yury Kazantsev

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Friendship Force of Rostov on Don, Russia

Yury Kazantsev has been a member of the Rostov on Don Friendship Force club since 2007. He has traveled on several outbound exchanges, serving as Exchange Director on a recent exchange to FF Richmond, USA. Yury, former military officer, is a customs broker. He has traveled internationally with his family and also with his work. As a young leader he looks forward to working with the Board to expand opportunities for younger members.

Dave Kalan

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Friendship Force of Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dave Kalan joined The Friendship Force in 1990 and since then has held many leadership roles, most recently as Field Rep for the Midwest U.S. Dave has been a club president (two different terms), club vice-president, club treasurer, regional conference chairperson and has led 10 exchanges as Exchange Director.

Dave was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA in and that is where he currently makes his home. He has biomedical engineering degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Marquette University.

Dave spent his entire 21 year professional career at S.C. Johnson Wax, a multinational consumer products company, and retired in 2000. As Global Business Applications Manager for Safety/Health/Environment, his group supported offices around the world, in particular the USA, London, Amsterdam and Sydney. Dave’s daily interaction and travel to these locations gave him an awareness of the importance of understanding culture in business interactions. While working, Dave led an employee volunteer group which organized short-term volunteer projects to get employees and their family’s active in the community.

In addition to traveling, Dave enjoys attending dance, theater and musical performances.

Cecile Latour

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Vice Chair - Friendship Force of Canadian Capital Region

Cecile Latour is a member of the Friendship Force of the Canadian Capital Region where she has been an active host, as well as inbound Exchange Director. Cecile has extensive international experience, having been in the Canadian Foreign Service for 30 years, including service as the Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam.


Mark Rebstock

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Washington, D.C., USA

Mark is vice president of the National Council for International Visitors in Washington, D.C. In this position he helps coordinate a national program that provides professional experiences for emerging leaders from around the world who come to the USA at the invitation of the US State Department.  He formerly served as Executive Director of the International Visitors Council of Greater Cincinnati where he became familiar with the Friendship Force. He has extensive international experience, having lived in the Netherlands, Egypt and Singapore.

Çiçek Şensan

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Friendship Force of Karsiyaka Bay, Turkey

Çiçek was one of the first members of the Friendship Force of Izmir in 1994 and later worked to establish her current club in Karsiyaka.  She has served as outbound and inbound ED on numerous occasions as well as holding the position of club president. She is a retired teacher, having taught high school English for 23 years. She is eager to work with FFI to continue the growth of the Friendship Force in Turkey, as well as look for ways to expand our educational programs.

Karen Overly Smith

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Treasurer - Friendship Force of Greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Karen Overly Smith is a long time member of the Friendship Force in Pennsylvania, USA with connection over the years to both the Harrisburg and Lancaster clubs. She works as AFL-CIO Community Service Liaison for the United Way of the Capital Region. Karen has served as club president and as Exchange Director to Ghana and China. Most recently she was FFI field representative for the mid-Atlantic and northeastern USA.  Karen has extensive international travel experience.

Vivian (Viv) Caulfield

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Friendship Force of Gold Coast, Australia

Viv Caulfield is a native of Queensland, Australia, and has been a member of Friendship Force Gold Coast since year 2000. He has been a member of the club’s board since joining and has served in numerous leadership positions, including twice as club president. Viv pursued a successful career in the field of education, having held senior level positions within a number of public and private community college networks. During his career he traveled extensively, including on numerous occasions as a member of Australian international education delegations and exhibitions to the USA, Europe and Asia.

Loes Epping van den Bosch

Friendship Force of Netherlands East

Loes Epping van den Bosch has been a member of the Friendship Force since 1986, when she joined the Friendship Force of Arnhem, and since 2002 has been a member of the Friendship Force of (Zutphen) Netherlands East. She has filled many leadership positions and is currently helping organize a cycling exchange to the Netherlands for 2013. She also serves as a field representative working with the clubs in the Netherlands and Belgium. Loes has had a very active career in marketing, working with Shell International, Unilever and Dutch Telecom. She and her husband Wil travel widely throughout Europe as well as other regions of the world.

Francois Shih

Hong Kong and Shanghai, China

Francois Shih (石豐榮) has been associated with the Friendship Force for more than 20 years, having previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and the International Advisory Council. He is the president of Sharpland Investments of Hong Kong, with additional business activity in Beijing, Shanghai, and Quangzhou. Shih has extensive experience developing business relations between China, the United States and many other countries. Along with developing business relationships with China since the 1980s, Shih has worked tirelessly to expand educational and cultural ties between China and other countries. His efforts have been recognized by Chinese leaders at the national level, as well as by former US President Jimmy Carter, among others.

Kurt Haefeli

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Friendship Force of Solothurn, Switzerland

A former university professor called a `visionary and agent of change in the most positive way’.






Fred Opondo

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Friendship Force of Nairobi, Kenya

A businessman who has lived in 3 countries which makes him well suited to FFI’s growth plans in Africa.






Robert Duncan

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Friendship Force of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Bob, fondly known as Mardi Gras Bob, comes to the board from our Baton Rouge club. Since joining FFI in 2004 he has served as club president,  vice president and secretary , incoming and outgoing ED as well as the Field Representative for the SW region.  In 2013 he was the chairman for FF ’ S largest and most successful International Conference. Bob spent most of his career working with the LA Department of Corrections as a Planning Officer and Administrator with Juvenile Probation and Parole.  Bob was recently elected as the Boards Vice Chair.

Ivan Ng

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Friendship Force of Singapore

As a university student, Ng founded the Nanyang, Singapore Friendship Force club. He has spent the past 10 years working in the consumer goods industry for companies including Proctor & Gamble in 30 countries across Asia in Business Development and Marketing.




Mission

Mission

Promouvoir une vision planétaire du monde au-delà des barrières qui séparent
les personnes

Valeurs
Le respect mutuel • La diversité culturelle • L’exploration culturelle • Le service

Vision
Chaque personne aura contribué à la bienveillance mondiale.

Le réseau international des clubs et personnes de Friendship Force International
contribuera à surmonter les préjugés dus aux différences entre peuples et nations

En rapprochant les habitants du l’univers, un ami à la fois, nous créerons un monde
d’amis qui formera un monde de paix.

Devise
Changer Votre Façon de Percevoir le Monde

Slogan

Explorer – Comprendre - Servir

Explorer: Nous découvrons de nouveaux pays et de nouvelles régions. Nous
explorons de nouvelles cultures et de nouvelles façons de nous rejoindre au-delà des
barrières qui nous séparent.

Comprendre: Par l’accueil à domicile, en partageant des repas, des conversations et
la routine quotidienne, les gens deviennent amis, voyant au-delà des gouvernements
et frontières, jusqu’au coeur d’un pays et de son peuple. En combinant l’hospitalité
chez soi et l’exploration d’une culture, nous atteignons un nouveau niveau de
compréhension mutuelle.

Servir: l’exploration mène à la compréhension. La compréhension mène à
l’acceptation de notre humanité commune, ainsi qu’à la soif de servir notre village
global – par des mots et des actions.

Mission

Mission

Förderung der Völkerverständigung jenseits aller trennenden Hindernisse Werte Gegenseitiger Respekt • Kulturelle Verschiedenheit • Kulturelles Entdecken

Vision

Jedes Mitglied trägt dazu bei, die Welt zum Positiven zu verändern
Überwindung der Konflikte zwischen Menschen und Nationen durch das weltweite
Netzwerk von Friendship Force Erschaffung einer Welt des Friedens durch weltumspannende Freundschaften

Slogan
Die Welt mit anderen Augen sehen

Tagline
Enddecken • Verstehen • Mitwirken

Entdecken: Wir entdecken neue Länder und Regionen. Wir entdecken neue Kulturen
und neue Gemeinsamkeiten jenseits aller trennenden Grenzen.

Verstehen: Fremde werden zu Freunden, indem wir ein Zuhause, eine Mahlzeit,
eine Unterhaltung und alltägliche Erlebnisse teilen. Jenseits der Grenzen von
Regierungen und Staaten gewinnen wir einen neuen Einblick in das Herz eines
Landes und seiner Menschen

Mitwirken: Aus dem „Entdecken“ entsteht Verständnis. Aus dem „Verstehen“ der
Gemeinsamkeiten entwickelt sich das Bedürfnis, in der globalen Gemeinschaft
mitzuwirken und mitzuhelfen - durch Worte und Taten.

Mission (Japanese)

使 命
人々を隔てる障壁を越えて地球規模的相互理解を推し進める
価 値
相互理解 • 文化の多様性 • 文化の探検 • 相互援助
ビジョン
• 誰もが世界的に善意の貢献をします
• フレンドシップフォースのクラブや個人の世界規模ネットワークは、人々や
国の間に横たわる相違点を乗り越えます
• 世界と繋がることで、一度に一人の友人を創造していくことは、世界の平和
に繋がります
スローガン
あなたの明日を見る目が変わります
タグライン
発見 • 文化理解 • 相互援助
発 見:私たちは新しい国々や地域を発見していきます。私たちは新しい文化と、
そして私たちを隔てている障壁を乗り越えて新しい道を発見します。
相互理解:一緒に一つ屋根で過ごし、共に食事、会話、日々の経験を共有するこ
とで人々は友人となり、政府の政策や国の境界線をはるかに超えて、国や人々の
心を理解します。家庭でのもてなしと文化発見を組み合わせることで、私たちは
相互理解の新しいレベルに達することができます。
相互援助:発見は理解を生みます。理解は我々に馴染み深い人間性を受け入れる
ことを導き、われらが地球村の相互援助をしたいという気持ちを呼び覚まします
-言葉や行動で。

Mission (Portuguese)

Missão

Promover o entendimento universal, rompendo as barreiras que separam as pessoas

Valores
Respeito Mútuo • Diversidade Cultural • Exploração Cultural • Solidariedade

Visão
Cada indivíduo dará sua contribuição à boa vontade universal.
A rede global de clubes e indivíduos da Friendship Force ultrapassará as diferenças
entre pessoas e nações.
Por conectar-se ao mundo, um amigo de cada vez, cria-se um mundo de amigos,
conduzindo a um mundo de paz.

Slogan
Mudando a Maneira de Você Ver o Mundo

Lema
Conheça • Entenda • Participe

Conheça: Conhecemos novos países e regiões, novas culturas e novas maneiras de
nos conectar, ultrapassando as barreiras que nos separam.
Entenda:Ao compartilhar sua casa, refeições, conversas e experiências do dia-adia,
as pessoas se tornam amigas, vendo, além de governo e fronteiras, o coração de
um país e de seu povo. Ao combinar a hospitalidade de uma casa com a exploração
cultural, alcançamos um novo nível de entendimento.
Participe: Conhecimento conduz a entendimento. Entendimento conduz a uma
aceitação de nossa humanidade comum e ao desejo de participar do mundo global,
com palavras e ações

Mission (Spanish)

Misión

Promover el entendimiento global rompiendo las barreras que separan a la gente

Valores

Respeto mutuo • Diversidad cultural • Exploración cultural • Solidaridad

Visión
• Cada individuo contribuye con la buena voluntad global.
• La red mundial de clubes e individuos de la Fuerza de la Amistad sobrepasa las diferencias entre las personas y las naciones.
• Por conectarse al mundo, un amigo a la vez, creamos un mundo de amigos y logramos un mundo de paz.

Slogan

Cambiando la Manera de Ver el Mundo

Lema
Conozca • Entienda • Únase

Conozca: Conocemos nuevos países y regiones, nuevas culturas y maneras de
conectarse rompiendo las barreras que nos separan.
Entienda: Al compartir la casa, comidas, conversaciones y experiencias de la vida
diaria, la gente se hace amiga, yendo más allá de gobiernos y fronteras, y viendo
adentro del corazón de un país y de su gente. Al combinar la hospitalidad en una casa
con la exploración cultural, se logra un nuevo nivel de entendimiento.
Únase: El conocimiento lleva al entendimiento, y éste conduce a la aceptación de la
humanidad y al deseo de unirse a la aldea global con palabras y acciones

Mission (Russian)

Наша миссия


Содействовать всеобщему пониманию невзирая на барьеры, разделяющие
людей

Наши ценности
Взаимоуважение • Культурное многообразие • Исследование
других культур • Помощь

Наше видение
• Каждый человек внесёт вклад во всемирную добрую волю.
• Распространение по всему миру сети клубов Силы дружбы и дружба между отдельными людьми преодолеют различия между народами и нациями.
• Приобретая всё новых друзей, сближая людей из разных уголков света, мы создадим мир друзей, который станет миром без насилия.

Слоган
Изменение твоего видения мира

Девиз
Познаём • Понимаем • Помогаем

Познаём: Мы познаём новые страны и регионы. Мы познаём новые
культуры и новые пути преодоления барьеров, которые нас разделяют.

Понимаем: Разделяя дом и еду, беседуя и делясь житейским опытом, люди
становятся друзьями и начинают видеть сердце страны и населяющих
её людей – вне границ и правительств. Совмещая гостеприимство и
культурное исследование, мы достигаем нового уровня понимания.

Помогаем:
Исследование ведёт к пониманию. Понимание ведёт к
принятию нашей общей человечности