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ENJOY SNOWY WINTER FUN IN DETROIT AND ONTARIO
Detroit, USA, and Haliburton Highlands and Ottawa, Canada
January 23 to February 10, 2014
- We’ll bring cold weather and warm hearts together!
- If you’ve never experience a snowing winter, this is a great opportunity to experience something totally different.
- Host clubs are in the middle of their Winter Festival Seasons….with amazing things to see and do!
- Ambassadors who have participated in this exchange previously have highly recommended this experience of a lifetime….so get cracking and fill out your application form now!
This is an amazing opportunity for anyone who has never experienced a white winter and all the fun things that go with it.
Or even if you have had a white winter, why not enjoy it with new friends? We have had excellent feedback from ambassadors who have done this exchange previously and it comes highly recommended.
Ottawa will host you during Winterfest, which is their winter carnival with ice and snow sculptures, skating on the canal and lots of other winter fun.
Detroit also has many winter events happening at this time of the year.
And when did you ever get the opportunity to guide a team of dogs across the snow? Or have you ever drilled a hole in the ice and caught your own fish? Bit chilly? No way…. you’ll be all rugged up against the winter chill with coats and hats your hosts will share with you.
You will also have the chance to go ride a snowmobile and go for a horse drawn sleigh ride. And everyone loves maple syrup….why not sample freshly made Canadian maple syrup when you visit a maple syrup sugar shack?
This and more are all included in your exchange programme!!!
Approx $900 USD. This includes FFI and Host Fees and coach travel between the host clubs. Does not include air travel. Price will vary depending on how many will be on the coach travel between clubs. Contact the ED for more information.
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NEW - DISCOVER HOW GOLD AND SILVER BUILT THE AMERICAN WEST
San Francisco, Napa-Sonoma, Sacramento, and Reno, USA
June 10 to 28, 2014
- Five days exploring the historic San Francisco Bay Area
- Visit the giant redwoods
- Explore Sutter’s Fort and Coloma, the heart of the gold rush.
- Drive to Reno, Nevada, through the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, exploring the history of the silver rush along the way.
The four western clubs of San Francisco, Napa-Sonoma, Sacramento and Reno-Tahoe have come together to bring to you the story of how the gold and silver rushes affected the growth and expansion of our regions.
You will see how rough and tough the miners and women of that era had to be to just exist. While some became extravagantly wealthy, a large number of the “rush” participants toiled long and hard for very little.
San Francisco will take you on a walking tour of the historic section. You will have lunch and a walking tour of America’s oldest and largest Chinatown. With its cable cars, scenic Bay cruise, Golden Gate Bridge and Pier 39, you will scarcely have enough time to see it all.
Napa and Sonoma will transition you from the city to river town and along the way you will experience California’s amazing coast line and the giant redwoods. A visit to the last California mission built will give you a microcosm of history. We will not overlook the tasty wines and food and their place in the gold rush.
You will be transported next to the heart of gold country. You will see and learn that while building Sutter’s Mill in the “ghost” town of Coloma on the South Fork of the American River, James Marshall first discovered gold in 1848. By 1849 the gold rush had begun.
While touring one of the largest railroad museums ever build, learn how the “iron horse” connected California with the rest of the nation in 1869.
Stop at the summit of the Sierra Nevada mountains and learn about the Donner Party and their forced encampment due to unforgiving snow storms during one of the harshest winters on record in 1846-47; hear tales of cannibalism, starvation and sacrifice at the small museum memorializing their journey.
Enjoy the magnificent view on your way to Reno and prepare to visit the little city on the side of a mountain - Virginia City – where the Comstock Lode gold and silver mines churned out fantastic wealth — billions in today’s dollars — for a lucky few..
From the Golden Gate to Lake Tahoe, from hard rock mines to Indian petroglyphs, this exchange has something for everyone. Come explore this slice of history with us.
Note: This will be an active exchange with lots of walking. All activities and tours will be conducted in English.
$1,100 USD. Includes FFI and host fees. Does not include international airfare. Contact the ED for details.
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NEW - TASTE THE WINES OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Seattle and Spokane, USA; Penticton-Okanagan, Canada
September 26 to October 8, 2014
- Seattle’s wine tasting at “the Tasting room”
- Seattle day: space needle, Chilhully, Ride the Duck
- Spokane’s Northwest Museum of Art and Culture
- The Inland Northwest Culinary Academy
- Penticton-Okanagan’s natural desert habitat and aboriginal show place
- Ice wine tasting
Learn how wine is made and how to best enjoy it from the perspective of three different cities: Seattle, USA, Penticton-Okanagan in Canada and back to the USA in Spokane.
While being home hosted and making friends in each of these cities, our hosts will introduce us to the particularities of their respective cultures, the diverse wineries, grape growing, the unique selection of red and white wines, to huckleberry specialties and champagne. We may even do a grape stomping.
Please note: some participants will need to apply for a visa for Canada and multiple entry visa for the USA.
To be determined.
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MICRO-BREWS AND MOUNTAIN FOLIAGE
North Carolina, USA: Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard
October 9 to 16, 2014
- Attend the 6th annual Oktoberfest in the heart of Asheville and enjoy a variety of activities including craft beer sampling from area micro-breweries.
- See the spectacular waterfalls in the DuPont Forest and the site of the filming of the motion picture, The Hunger Games.
- Vist the world famous Biltmore Estates with the Biltmore House, a 250 room French chateau, Biltmore gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the shops, restaurant and winery.
- Travel the world-famous Blue Ridge Parkway and visit the North Carolina Arboretum. Walk to Graveyard Fields, a beautiful meadow valley among mile high peaks.
- Visit the charming city of Brevard and enjoy beer tasting at the Brevard Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery and the brand new Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
Welcome to Western North Carolina, one of the most exciting and dynamic emerging beer cultures in the country. Asheville has been recognized as the number one micro-brew city per capita in the USA. North Carolina is a leader in the craft beer industry with breweries that have more national and international awards than any other state in the American South. There is no better time to enjoy beer and the warm hospitality of North Carolinians than the peak of the fall foliage season in the breath-taking Blue Ridge Mountains.
In addition to the highlights listed above, we will also be doing so many more interesting activities. We will hike to Chimney Rock and take a pontoon boat tour of Lake Lure in the beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge with fall colors in all their glory. We will attend a lecture at Blue Ridge Community College and learn why this area is so ideal for micro-brewing. Hike the trails of the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site and visit the famous goat farm. Visit historic Hendersonville which was recently voted one of the prettiest main streets in North Carolina. Sample beer at the Southern Appalachian Brewery.
Please note: Daily walking (1-2 miles) includes stairs and uneven ground. All tours and presentations will be given in English.
For information on North Carolina breweries: www.goodlifepubs.com
For information on Asheville and attractions: www.exploreasheville.com
For Friendship Force of Western North Carolina: www.ffwnc.org
$525 includes FFI and host fees. Ambassadors will be responsible for their travel to and from Asheville.