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Home

Fuerza de la Amistad del área de San Francisco

About the
San Francisco
Bay Area

Exchanges

Friendship
Forest

Newsletters

Photo Gallery
and
Exchange Journals
 

 Travel Links


 Contact Us

 

Club Documents: 

Membership
Application
Form

Membership
Renewal Form
(Use Application Form)

 Payment Request
Form

Members' Group
Email FAQ

 

 WELCOME

FRIENDSHIP FORCE of the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 

Friendship Force of the San Francisco Bay Area (FFSFBA), is an organization that participates in one week home stay exchanges both at home and abroad. Our purpose is to experience countries and cultures different from ours, to promote understanding between us, and to cultivate friendships. We are a member club of Friendship Force International.

Club Activities 

Local Events
We hold regular meetings including a World Friendship Day celebration, an annual picnic, and a holiday luncheon. We also schedule events with speakers and local tours. In preparation for our exchanges, we hold meetings exploring their cultures.

Inbound Exchanges
We host ambassadors from other countries or areas of the U.S. We arrange parties and tours for our guests, and many of our local members participate in the events. Volunteer home hosts provide a place to stay for the guests. We also have dinners or pot lucks that are arranged for small groups so that more members can participate.

Outbound Exchanges
We serve as ambassadors to other countries, stay as guests in someone's home, and experience the daily lives of the local area as well as tour their local communities and experience their cultural activities. We travel as a group and are hosted by a local club of Friendship Force International. Usually there is an optional tour before or after the home stay.

Read more about our exchanges.


Our outbound ambassador group to Mont St Michel, on our way to a Home
Stay in Biarritz, France. Photo courtesy of Andrew Rader

COMING UP: 
About Our Club 

Our club, founded in 1984, presently has about 90 members. Our members live from Novato in the North Bay to San Jose in the South Bay and from Oakland to Livermore in the East Bay. Because our membership is scattered over a large area, we hold events throughout the Bay Area.

Anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area who shares the principles of Friendship Force is welcome to become a member of our club, and any member may apply to be an ambassador. Our members may also travel with any other U.S. club, if space is available.

Annually our club hosts at least one incoming international exchange and travels on at least one outbound international exchange. We also have "domestic" exchanges with other clubs within the United States.

Our club publishes a newsletter 4 or 5 times a year and maintains a "Friendship Forest" at Prusch Park in San Jose.

About Friendship Force International 

Friendship Force International, a 1992 Nobel Peace Prize nominee founded in 1977, is an international nonprofit, volunteer organization. It is a global community comprising 360 clubs in 55 countries. Its members are ordinary people of all ages who share a desire to spread goodwill, to better understand people of other cultures, and to value one another as friends.

When local hosts open their homes to visitors from other countries and cultures, true understanding can develop though the sharing of meals, conversation and the routines of daily life. Strangers become friends. These friends change the way we see the world.

With the Friendship Force, not only do we discover other cultures, but we become citizen ambassadors for our own culture. We become part of changing the way others see the world as well.

Every friendship formed across the barriers of nationality, language, religion or politics makes the world a better place. This year 18,000 Friendship Force members are eager to welcome you.

For a look at current worldwide exchanges through Friendship Force see the World of Friends exchange catalog.

For more about Friendship Force International, visit www.thefriendshipforce.org.