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Southpacific

Home Hospitality
    FFI’s partnership programs with Enrichment Voyages do not include a home hospitality component.
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Laura Romero
Friendship Force International
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IRON AND ICE: SAIL THROUGH NORTHERN EUROPE

Destination:Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Iceland and the Isle of Man

Date: May 18 to June 15, 2014

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore 10+ Northern European countries with fellow FF members
  • Enjoy on board lectures and from renowned scholars and artists
  • Opportunities to participate in volunteer projects and port excursions at each stop
  • Enjoy a month aboard the beautiful MV Explorer ship
  • Participate in activities and excursions tailored to suit any age level

Description: Friendship Force is once again partnering up with Enrichment Voyages to present our members with an opportunity to travel through Nothern Europe and Iceland! 

This month-long adventure starts off in the beautiful city of Hamburg, Germany on May 18 and disembarks in Southampton, England on June 15. The ports of call on the Iron and Ice voyage include stops in Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Iceland and the Isle of Man.

Follow this link for a full itenerary.

This is sure to be an educational and enjoyable journey that is not to be missed! 

The MV Explorer ship is an place to meet many new people and interact with fellow members of Friendship Force while you sail from port to port. This Enrichment Voyage offers abundant opportunities to learn about new cultures with lectures given by renowned scholars and artists. There are a wide variety of field excursions offered to suit any age level! 

At each stop, you can join an organized field excursion, participate in a volunteer project, explore the city on your own, or plan an outing with the friends you've made at sea. 

Estimated Price: Register through FFI to enjoy a discounted rate, with prices varying according to your choice of cabin.

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Southpacific

Home Hospitality
    Provided by the Friendship Force Club of Kiel.
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Marcia Ross and Cindy Paulson
FF Northern Colorado
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+ 1- 970 377-0512,
+1-970 225-2252

VENTURE OUT INTO THE NORTH SEA AFTER LIVING LIKE A LOCAL IN GERMANY

Destination: Kiel and Hamburg, Germany; North Sea cruise of the fjords and ports of Sweden and Norway

Date: May 21 to June 8, 2014

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 3 days in Hamburg
  • 7 days of home hosting by our friends in FF Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, exploring this beautiful and historic port city
  • 7-night N. European Cruise-balcony state rooms
  • View magnificent fjords, and enjoy day-long visits to 4 port cities in  Norway and 1 in Sweden.  Two select shore excursions included.  Other excursions optional.

Description: Join FF Northern Colorado on a 7-day adventure-packed exchange to FF Kiel, Germany, coupled with three days to explore and shop in Hamburg and a 7-day North Sea cruise departing from Kiel where we will enjoy the beautiful fjords and rich history in port cities in Norway and Sweden.

Our friendly hosts are eager to show us everything they love about this beautiful city.Expect a very active itinerary during the Kiel exchange with plenty of daily walking and transport on trains and buses as we explore historic city centers and highlights of this port city.

Estimated Price:$2500 USD. Includes FFI and host fees plus 7-night cruise of the North Sea. 
Option of group price for RT airfare Denver-Hamburg:   $1614 USD

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Southpacific

Home Hospitality
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    10 spaces available
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Eileen Howell and Andrew Stirling
FF Ottawa
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+ 1-613-592-8754

SPEAK FRENCH IN TOULOUSE, BORDEAUX AND PARIS, FRANCE

Destination:Toulouse, Bordeaux, and Paris, France

Date: May 31 to June 16, 2014

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Be the first guests of the FF of Bordeaux, the newest French club
  • Bordeaux: a modern city famous for its history, architecture and wines
  • Toulouse, also famous for high tech aeronautics.
  • Add-on experiences in Paris
  • Experience the French culture and immersion in French.

Description: Speak French in France:  This May/June 2014 exchange to Bordeaux and Toulouse is for people are learners at a strong intermediate/advanced level.  The exchange activities and conversations will take place in French. Don't speak French?  Pass the invitation on to friends who do. They need not be Friendship Force members.  Couples where one does not speak French may apply.

Estimated Price:$1,175.00 USD per person. Contact the ED for details.

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Southpacific

Home Hospitality
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    7 spaces available
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Greta Smeyers
FF Limburg
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+1-32-1-646-3366

NEW - ENCOUNTER THE ANCIENT HISTORY AND THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF TURKEY

Destination:Karsiyaka Bay, Turkey

Date: June 5 to June 19th, 2014

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Karsiyaka Bay, also known as “Beautiful Izmir”
  • The third largest city in Turkey
  • History dates back to 5,000
  • The House of Virgin Mary and the Ephesus Ruins

Description: Join us for a great experience to Karsiyaka Bay, also known as “Beautiful Izmir,” for an exciting Friendship Force experience.

During our homestay from June 5 to 11, will experience a thorough introduction to the culture and history of this fascinating city. We will stroll through an ancient bazaar and one of the largest farmers markets in all of Turkey. We will also visit the nearby site of ancient Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary, a site of Catholic pilgrimage where some believe the mother of Jesus spent the final years of her life. We will also enjoy experiencing modern life in Turkey with our hosts and with a visit to Cesme, the country’s most popular summer resort.

After the exchange, you can opt to return home or go on the post-exchange tour to visit the white limestone terraces in Pamukkale and the photogenic Cappadocia.

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Estimated Price:$450 USD. Includes FFI and host fees. Does not include international airfair or optional tour. Contact the ED for details.

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Southpacific

Home Hospitality
There will be no home hospitality on this exchange, but we will meet with locals to discuss establishing a Friendship Force presence in Iceland.
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Kathy Butler and Shirley Karstens
FF Oregon’s Mid Willamette Valley
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Butler: 541-926-9897
Karstens: 541-967-8309

DISCOVER THE GEOLOGY, HISTORY AND ANIMALS OF ICELAND

Destination:Iceland

Date: July 16 to 29, 2014

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Travel the “Ring Road”
  • Meet potential Friendship Force members
  • Fascinating for birders, nature lovers and geologists
  • Sample ethnic foods and see local handcrafts
  • Learn about early settlers and pioneers

Description: Join us for a Discovery program in Iceland. We will travel by motor coach around Iceland’s “Ring Road” with a professional guide and driver and stay in hotels in small towns. We will learn about the Viking and Celtic pioneers who first came to Iceland. Enjoy spectacular and geologically active scenery as well as bird, seal and whale watching. There will be opportunities to sample ethnic foods, see local handicrafts, enjoy short hikes and observe life on Icelandic farms and in fishing villages. 
 
Iceland is a Nordic country between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans and is the most sparsely populated country in Europe.  Iceland is located just south of the Arctic Circle, is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate that is milder than most people expect.  Most Icelanders speak English well.

In the city of Akureyri, often referred to as the capital of the North, we hope to meet with potential new Friendship Force members.

Estimated Price:$3895 USD based on double occupancy.  Includes FFI fees, hotels, ground transportation, guide services, fees and tips, most meals and museum and exhibit fees.

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Southpacific

Home Hospitality
    Provided by the Friendship Force Club of Lubeck.
Availability
    7 spaces available
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Karen Hitchcock
FF  Louisville
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+1-502-491-6655

NEW - EXPERIENCE THE HOSPITALITY OF GERMANY AND EXPLORE SCANDINAVIA

Destination: Lubeck, Germany
(Optional 9-day trip to Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo)

Date: October 5 to 22, 2014

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Guided city tour of Lubeck including a boat ride and a walk on the beach
  • Day-trip to Hamburg with a tunnel-walk under the River Elbe
  • Guided city walking tour of Schwerin
  • 9-day post exchange trip to 3 Nordic cities
  • Visits to outdoor museums

Description: We’ll experience the warm German hospitality as the members of the Lubeck club share their city, family, and home life with us in October.  The activities they have planned promise to be enriching and exciting.  Lubeck’s city center, located on an island, boasts 1300 buildings of Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, and Classical style architecture.  It is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site.

Our post-exchange trip includes 3 Scandinavian cities.  Breakfast and dinner are included each day as well as city tours and entrances into several museums.  We will have the opportunity to visit the oldest open-air museum, and to see the raft used by Thor Heyerdale for his 1947 expedition as well as many other interesting highlights.

While you may have already visited Germany, I bet you haven’t been to Lubeck. Why not join us?

Estimated Price:$2375 USD which includes FFI and the host club fees, and a 9-day private bus tour to Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo.  This price is based on double-occupancy and does not include tips to the coach driver or tour guide. Note that we will be flying into Hamburg to begin the exchange and flying home from Oslo after the tour.

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Southpacific

Home Hospitality
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    7 spaces available
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Mary Crist and Betsy Chichester
FF Southern Connecticut
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+ 1- 860-434-7613
+1-860-669-6776

NEW - TAKE IN THE ARCHITECTURE, CUISINE AND CULTURE OF TURKEY

Destination:Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey
Multiple cities in Greece

Date: October 13 to November 1, 2014

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit Turkey’s breathtaking landscapes, along with great architectural monuments, colorful bazaars and local cuisine.
  • Make friends during our wonderful week together with our host families in the FF of Urla of Greater Izmir.
  • Explore Athens, Greece, one of the world’s oldest cities, with a city tour, the acropolis museum and unique shops.
  • Join a 4-day cruise aboard the Louis Olympia.

Description: We will begin our exciting journey with a tour of Istanbul. In the city, we will visit a world architectural marvel, Hagia Sophia, an underground cistern, blue mosque, hippodrome, topkapi palace, grand bazaar, spice market and take a private boat cruise on Bosphorus. Our journey will take us next to Capadocia and Pamukkale where we will experience the underground city of Kaymakli, thermal baths and more. After learning more about the culture and sights of Turkey, we will conclude our visit by learning more about the Turkish people. Our seven-day homestay with the Friendship Force of Urla of Greater Izmir will help us pull together all we’ve learned on our trip and make wonderful new friends.

If you choose to continue with us, we will follow up our stay with friends on a tour of Greece. A four-night Greek Island cruise which will include, Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos, Heraklion and Santorini. We will disembark in Athens, and transfer to Hotel Callirhoe. The next day will include the Acropolis Museum and a tour of Delphi.
Turkey- October 13 to 26, 2014.

Greece- October 26 to November 1, 2014.

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Estimated Price:Turkey- $1,687 USD based on double occupancy
Greece- $1,754 USD based on double occupancy Contact the exchange director for details.

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Southpacific

Home Hospitality
    Provided by the Friendship Force Club of Tbilisi.
Availability
    20 spaces available

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Bill and Judy Wilkes
FF Western North Carolina
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+ 1-828-891-3578
Skype: bandj160

WINEMAKING IN GEORGIA-FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO MODERN DAYS

Destination:Tbilisi, Sighnaghi, and Kakheti regions of Georgia

Date: October 17 to 24, 2014, plus optional 4-day homestay after the program

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Discover 7000 years of Georgian arts, folklore, lifestyle, religion, and architecture. 
  • Experience a uniquely personal connection to vineyards and wineries. 
  • Discover the Georgian traditions of both modern and natural wine making including the use of Qvevri – a clay vessel lined in beeswax and buried in the earth. 
  • Tour the beautiful Caucus countryside.
  • Embrace Georgian life with an optional 4-day homestay with a Friendship Force family

Description: Visit Georgia - called “one of the most beautiful countries on earth” by Lonely Planet.  Georgia is one of the oldest wine producing regions of Europe. Grapes have been cultivated in the fertile valleys of the Caucasus for at least 7000 years. The traditions of its viticulture are entwined with the country's national identity. Georgia is believed by many to be the source of the world's first cultivated grapevines. Wine is a symbol of Georgian hospitality, friendship, tolerance and perhaps a key to the mystery of Georgian longevity. The rich land, burning sun and hard work have developed about 500 varieties of vines in Georgia.

Get acquainted with Georgian lifestyle and wine-making, enjoy wine tasting, visit cultural, and religious sites, watch folk dancing, and hear traditional polyphonic singing. Experience both modern winemaking and natural “qvevri” methods.  Qvevri were first mentioned in pre-Christian Greek and Roman historical texts, and are still used today. Visit craftsmen at work building qvevri.

We will visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, Sighnaghi and Kakheti wine regions, Gori, where Stalin was born and Uplistsikhe, an ancient cave city.  Along the way, we will see some of the spectacularly beautiful Georgian landscape.
 

This is a 7-day Friendship Force tour program, with hotel accommodations. After the tour program,, we will return to Tbilisi for an optional four-night homestay with Friendship Force members to further your understanding and enjoyment of the rich history and culture of Georgia.

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Estimated Price:$1405 USD. Includes accommodation based on double occupancy rates for 7 nights in hotels, tours, transportation within Georgia, taxes, fees and admissions per itinerary. Optional 4 day home stay: $175 includes FFI and Host Fees

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