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What is a ‘host’?

  • welcomes visiting club members into their homes and provides accommodation and some meals  for up to one week

  • participates in activities that reflect their community life and culture

  • participates in sightseeing, shopping, visiting local attractions and other group social activities and meals  


What is an ‘ambassador’?

  • a guest in the home of a host sharing everyday life experiences and activities


What is an ‘inbound’ and ‘outbound’ journey?

  •  ‘inbound’ journey is when we welcome other Friendship Force members from around the world into our homes and community as our guests

  • "outbound’ journey is when we travel outside our city or country and are hosted by Friendship Force members in other areas of the world


What is a ‘homestay’?

  • you are hosted as a guest in the home of another Friendship Force member

  • you share their life for a week and most likely their friendship for a lifetime

  • as ‘ambassador’,  you offer to take your hosts to a restaurant dinner or alternately, you can cook a Canadian dinner for them 

  • you present them with a small gift, usually something that reflects your city/country


What are the travel costs?

  • on an outbound journey we pay our own transportation costs to the destination 

  • a journey fee for FFI of $25 for each night with your host club

  • a fee set by the host club to cover the cost of the program of activities they have put together which includes admissions, some meals, tickets, local transportation, etc.


Not a traveler?

  • you don’t ever have to travel if you don’t want 

  • you can still participate by hosting guests in your home, day hosting or joining in the planned activities during an Incoming journey  

  • you can join committees to manage the operation of your club including the preparation of a program for an incoming club

  • you can participate in any activities held outside your work hours


I work all day, how can I participate in an inbound journey?  

  • you could provide accommodation on a ‘bed and breakfast’ basis and let another club member assist you by looking after your guest during the day (‘day hosting’)

  • you could contribute by being a dinner host one evening inviting a home host and their ambassadors to your home

  • you could provide some food or assistance for an activity being held outside your work hours


How are journeys organized?

  • clubs let FFI know how many weeks of home hosting they are willing to provide 

  • FFI assigns a club to you, based on who wants to visit your area 

  • clubs can request reciprocal exchanges, which means you ask that a club you visited be scheduled to visit you.  They must also then request your club

  • clubs let FFI know their preferred countries to visit, knowing they may not get their first or even their second choice

  • FFI takes all these requests and puts together the list of journeys for the coming year

  • clubs are informed of their matches. If they have been given a journey which was not on their preferred list, they have the option to decline, but may not get another journey assigned

  • a host coordinator and an ambassador coordinator are assigned by the respective clubs; they start communicating to determine dates for travel and the number of ambassadors the host club can accommodate

  • host club forms a committee that plans the sightseeing, outings and entertainment for the week.

  • the host committee assigns a member to gather information on the ambassadors, find home hosts and match them with regard to age, interests, etc.  Occasionally, some may know each other from a previous journey and request their "friend"

Journeys are most enjoyable and successful when both clubs work effectively together


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