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GREET THE NEW FF CLUB IN MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore
March 31 to April 15 , 2014
- Meet some of the newest members of the Friendship Force, the new club in Malaysia
- Follow in the footsteps of the adventurous ambassadors who had a great exchange with this club in September.
- Get to know a fascinating multi-cultural nation.
- Explore bright, modern cities and magnificent rainforests.
After a successful exchange in September 2013, the new FF club in Malaysia is eager to welcome another group of ambassadors this coming spring.
Enjoy a 5-day homestay experience with one of our newest clubs, the Friendship Force of Kuala Lumpur. After that, join the 9-day tour around Malaysia, visiting areas like the Cameron Highlands and Penang and then on to Singapore.
Malaysia is a fascinating, multi-cultural nation whose population represents many different languages, religions and ethnic groups. Additionally, its rainforests are believed to nurture 20% of all the earth’s species.
This will be a cultural experience you do not want to miss. This program begins in Kuala Lumpur and ends in Singapore.
$2300 USD. Includes FFI and host fees. Contact the ED for details.
- 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 Nanjing.
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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE SIGHTS AND CULTURE OF NANJING, CHINA
Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Nanjing, and Shanghai, China
May 13 to 29, 2014
- Five days, four nights with our friends in Nanjing, including three nights in hotel and one night home stay
- Nine-day pre-exchange Best of China tour, including Beijing, Xian, Yangtse River Cruise
- Three nights in Shanghai post-exchange
- Optional five-day post-exchange tour to Lhasa, Tibet
- This exchange begins in Beijing and ends in Shanghai
Arrive in Beijing on May 13. Tour Beijing’s historic Hutong by old-fashioned pedicab and have lunch with a local family. See vast Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. Visit the renowned Great Wall See the stadium built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, and enjoy a Peking Duck dinner. The third full day in Beijing is opportunity to sightsee on your own, visit the famed Summer Palace, or enjoy shopping.
On May 17, fly to Xian, see the Wild Goose Pagoda. The next day view the astonishing life-sized terra cotta warriors and tour the ancient city wall. After dinner enjoy a Tang Dynasty performance. On May 19 fly to Chongqing, see the pandas in the city zoo, and then board a cruise ship on the Yangtze River.
For the next three days we cruise along the river, with shore excursions to new resettlement towns, excursions to view some of the famed small gorges, and on the third day a view of the historic Three Gorges Dam.
Thursday, May 22, we take the bullet train to Nanjing, where we will be met by our hosts for the exchange. While in Nanjing, we will stay in a local hotel three nights, and enjoy time and one overnight stay with our host families during the weekend. There will be a welcome dinner and a Chinese Folk Music Concert. We will learn about Chinese history and culture through visits to a local school and a senior center, and sightseeing including Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s Mausoleum, a Ming tomb and a Confucian Temple.
Monday, May 26 the bullet train takes us to Shanghai. On Tuesday we will visit the Yu Garden, established in 1559 for a high-ranking official in the Ming Dynasty, and the Bund, the former international settlement dating to 1854. There will be time on Wednesday, May 28 for an optional Zhujiajiao tour, or perhaps a visit to Suzhou, sister city of Portland Oregon.
This part of the tour ends on Thursday, May 29, but we are also looking at a five-day tour to Lhasa, Tibet, with perhaps a two-day stopover in Chengdu, Sichuan, China.
$650 USD. Includes FFI and host fees, three hotel nights, meals and admission costs. Does not include international airfare.
A visa for China is required. Travel Insurance is also required.
Best of China tour: Additional $1800 per person for double occupancy; for single occupancy add $740.
Optional Tour of Lhasa, Tibet: To be determined. Contact the ED for details.
- 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.