- Provided by the Friendship Force Club of Tottori and Oita.
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MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME IN JAPAN
June 13 to 28, 2014, plus 10-day tour
- Experience the culture of kimonos and origami
- Relax in a Japanese hot spring bath
- Be entertained by Shinto sacred dance and music
- Private 10-day tour following exchanges
- Feast on the delightful sights of wonderful Japanese gardens, temples and castles.
Exchange starts in Tokyo with a group dinner (own expense) for meet and greet with all ambassadors. We fly to Yonago City Tottori Prefecture as a group for a week to remember with new Japanese friends.
After that we go by private bus to Taketa City Oita Prefecture where we will be welcomed with southern Japanese hospitality.
During our two weeks we will visit ancient beautiful castles and gardens, be welcomed by the mayor, get to wear a traditional Kimono, try your hand at origami, relax in a hot spring bath and mix and speak with students learning English. All of this whilst enjoying wonderful friendships with generous and gracious Japanese hospitality, savoring Japanese and international cuisine given by our hosts.
Next a 10-day tour private guided from Oita to Tokyo has been organized taking in historical and scenic sites, making your experience of Japan complete. The tour will take you from Oita exchange to Tokyo International Airport via Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Himeji, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Hakone and Yokohama traveling by private bus and trains.
FFI fees: $280
Host fees: $250 (includes a special bus tour organised by FF Tottori Club)
Optional tour details:
Please see additional info in the attached flyer.
10 day tour: approx $3,500USD
Internal travel and accommodation: approx $1,000USD (includes 7 day Japanese Rail Pass, Hotel in Tokyo for one night, Flight from Tokyo to Yongo, Private bus between Tottori and Oita)
- Provided by the Friendship Force Club of Ehime and Aichi.
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NEW - ENJOY THE WARM HOSPITALITY AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE OF JAPAN!
Ehime and Aichi, Japan
October 9 to 23, 2014
- Experience the unique culture of Shikoku in Southern Japan with the Friendship Force of Ehime.
- Learn about the local arts and cuisine of the area.
- Visit one of the most famous and oldest hot springs in Japan, Dogo-onsen.
- Return exchange with FF Aichi who came to FF Honolulu in 2005.
- Overnight tour to Shirakawa-go and Takayama.
Join ambassadors from FF Honolulu to explore Japan! Meet us in Ehime Prefecture. On the morning of October 9, we will all gather to meet our friendly hosts.
Ehime Prefecture is on the smallest main island called Shikoku in the southeastern part of Japan. Matsuyama is the capital city with a population of about 460,000, the biggest on the island. Ehime faces to the scenic Seto Inland Sea dotted with large and small islands. The people are open and friendly to strangers, perhaps because they are used to pilgrims who come from all over Japan to make a circuit of designated 88 temples on Shikoku. Hospitality is our culture.
Then we will all travel together to begin our second homestay in Aichi. With the Aichi club in Nagoya, you’ll experience the Samurai Festival and an overnight bus excursion to the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Takayama in the Japanese Alps. Meals and hotel are included. During the exchange you’ll also have wonderful welcome and farewell parties and experience warm Japanese hospitality.
FF Honolulu is excited to welcome other ambassadors from all over world to join us in Japan. You will be responsible for your own flight into Japan and for meeting us at a designated place on the morning of October 9. (The exchange director will provide you with more details.)
$1000 USD. Includes FFI and host fees, overnight bus excursion and hotel (one night), and transportation between Ehime and Aichi. Does not include international airfare.
- This exchange does not include a home hospitality component.
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VENTURE INTO INCREDIBLE INDIA IN THE NAME OF FRIENDSHIP
India: including Delhi, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi
September 10 to 23, 2014
- Very highly recommended by previous Friendship Force groups
- Combines dinners with local families with day time sightseeing opportunities and accommodation in quality hotels
- See India with old friends and like-minded travelers in a small group
- All the "must sees" including the Taj Mahal
- High season travel avoids extreme summer heat.
Meet-up will be in Delhi, India's principal international gateway. Delhi has thousands of years of history, New Delhi being the modern planned section dating from the British Raj. The metropolis is a mixture of modern and ancient architecture with 16 million people representing both traditional India and the emerging technological state. Jaipur, (3.6 million) is in the top 10 most popular Asian cities with its forts, temples and luxury hotels.
Agra is home to the Taj Mahal, which is certainly on the frequent traveler's list of sights to be seen at least once in a lifetime. And Varanasi is the city where you will see why Indians worship at the sacred Ganges River. Between these 4 cities are stopovers to highlight as many aspects of Northern India as can be packed into 13 days.
$2,500 USD. Includes FFI and host fees and basic itinerary in India, based on double occupancy.
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NEW - DISCOVER THE WELCOMING, FAMILY-ORIENTED CULTURE OF NEPAL
October 20 to 27, 2014
- Family life is a cornerstone of Nepali life and we will participate in the everyday lives of our host families.
- We expect to observe and perhaps participate in the Diwali festival.
- Visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites, Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple will be included.
- We plan a visit to a local school project and visits to Patan and the nearby medieval city of Bhaktapur.
Family is a cornerstone of Nepalese life, and our ambassadors will have the opportunity to get to know these warm and generous people and share in their everyday family life. A visit to a local school will give us some understanding of Nepalese education. We expect to observe and perhaps take part in Diwali, the ancient Hindu festival of lights. Our program will include visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Durbar (royal palace) Square which is surrounded
with spectacular architecture showing the skills of Newar artists over several centuries. We will visit Swayambhunath Temple, the ancient religious complex with its holy monkeys. One day will be devoted to the nearby city of Bhaktapur, a beautifully restored medieval city-state known as Nepal’s cultural gem.
We are planning two “extras”, an early morning flight to view Mount Everest and an overnight excursion to Nagarkot with its breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks.
This is a more rugged exchange, ambassadors will be walking 8-10 hours a day on city streets and steps. Katmandu is a busy city without sidewalks and some hosts may not have indoor plumbing.
$350 USD. Includes FFI and host fees.
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NEW -SPREAD FRIENDSHIP AND GOODWILL ACROSS FOUR COUNTRIES OF BEAUTIFUL SOUTHEAST ASIA
Bangkok, Thailand; Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Taipei, Taiwan; with optional tour of Myanmar
November 10 to 27, 2014
- Experience the Asian culture, food and language through the eyes of the Thais
- Chinese culture dominated the East and it is on display in Taipei
- Take a short trip between exchanges and see the orang-utans in the wild.
- Explore Myanmar as an optional add on tour.
- Travel with Australians and learn to speak properly.
Join us in Bangkok for a homestay in this capital city of Thailand. Located along the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is considered a remarkable city where the beauty of the old traditional and the modern blend well together. Bangkok is also the country's principal gateway and prime tourist attraction, and our hosts here will give us an excellent introduction to their city.
Before our second homestay, there will be a short break in the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu (KK). KK has a lot to offer as a relaxing retreat plus many other options including a day trip to Sandakan where there is an orang-utan rehabilitation reserve and juvenile orang-utans come out of the forest to be fed and to entertain the tourists (great fun). In addition we could visit the very emotional war memorial display commemorating the Sandakan/Ranau WW11 death march on which so many Australian soldiers died.
Then, we will travel on to our second homestay in Taiwan with the FF of Taipei. Located in the valley of the Tanshui River in northern Taiwan, this capital city is a busy center of commerce, government and culture with a population of almost 3 million. Our hosts here say that international visitors often find Taipei to be an economic, cultural and trend-setting city.
November is the ideal time, climate-wise, to visit this unique region of the world. So why not add on an additional visit to the country of Myanmar, prior to the beginning of the exchange in Bangkok?
FFI have an agent in Myanmar conducting their discovery tours and setting up FF connections to maximise local interaction. So it is planned that for interested parties (including anyone not going on the exchange) there will be a 10 day tour of Myanmar before arriving in Bangkok. Some Adelaide FF members will be doing just the Myanmar experience.
While this can be an extensive experience, some will only be doing the basic Bangkok and Taipei exchanges and some will be joining us just for the Myanmar experience.
$700 USD, includes FFI and host fees, does not include air fare. Contact the ED for details.