WELCOME TO ANOTHER WAY TO SEE THE WORLD!

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DO YOU LIKE MEETING NEW PEOPLE?
DO YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME HOME FROM YOUR TRAVELS HAVING MADE NEW FRIENDS ALL OVER THE WORLD?

FRIENDSHIP FORCE MAY BE THE ANSWER FOR YOU!!!!

        We at Friendship Force Reno-Tahoe invite you to explore our website as a gateway to the network of some 400 Friendship Force Clubs around the world.  We aim, through homestays, to break down barriers to mutual understanding one friend at a time.  A world of friends is a world of peace.



          

Friendship Force is about changing the way you see the world.  We travel in the company of fellow FF members to visit other people and not simply to visit places.  In turn we host others in our homes and community from the 400 Friendship Force clubs on six continents around the world.  These visits, outbound or inbound, are called Journeys.  

We have found from experience that the best guides to the understanding of another culture come from 

the people who live it and who are prepared to invite others to live it with them for a while, sharing insights, experiences, fun and friendships - many long lasting.  These are called home stays.                                                   

                                                                                                                                           
It is also travel with a purpose:  to promote understanding across the barriers that can separate people, toward the acceptance of a common humanity.  It appears to have worked.  The Friendship Force was nominated in 1992 for the Nobel Peace Prize for its initiatives between the United States and the then Soviet Union.

Apart from journeys, friendships can also develop from participation in the individual club's social activities.  In the Reno-Tahoe club these include club-wide social events including local theater trips, summer BBQ's, celebration of World Friendship Day activities, an annual Mystery Trip or other excursion and a yearly Christmas Party.  

The central activity for the Reno-Tahoe club is the planned journeys and the homestays.  On all journeys inbound from somewhere else, Ambassadors, as they are called, live with their Hosts and the host club provides a program for a typical six or seven day visit.  Home hospitality is coupled with the cultural exploration of the Reno-Tahoe surrounding area.  Members may participate by becoming Day Hosts, hosting dinners and/or preparing the overall journey program while making new friends in the process.

At present, Reno-Tahoe normally hosts one Inbound and one Outbound journey run by a club volunteer designated as the Coordinator.

Outbound journey opportunities exist apart from those of the local club's journeys.  Some global journeys are organized by Friendship force International in Atlanta, Georgia and members can also join journeys from other clubs where journey numbers are low, the so called undersubscribed journey.


- A Short History -

           Friendship Force was founded by Wayne Smith and introduced on March 1, 1977 by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.  Early journeys involved large groups of 150-400 people traveling by chartered aircraft.  In 1982, smaller groups began journeys by commercial carriers permitting a major expansion world wide.  Friendship Force of Reno-Tahoe's charter dates back to April 1, 1989. For information on the international organization, visit the website at http://thefriendshipforce.org/.