Welcome to The Friendship Force of

Western Colorado

"Experience different views. Discover common ground." That is the mission of the Friendship Force. Friendship Force International (https://www.friendshipforce.org/) is a worldwide network of local clubs that promotes understanding by connecting people from different countries at a personal level. When local hosts open their homes to people from other countries and cultures true understanding can develop. The sharing of the routines of daily life helps create lasting understanding and connections. It is NOT a tourist program, but provides the opportunity for persons throughout the world, independent of national politics or religious affiliation, to become ambassadors for their country. Since its founding in 1977 FFI has brought together millions of people.

The Western Colorado Chapter of Friendship Force was established in 1982.  We have hosted over 50 incoming journeys and participated in more than 45 outgoing journeys.  There are numerous opportunities to open your heart and your home to ambassadors. If you are not able to travel or provide lodging on an incoming journey, we are always grateful to members who day host, provide transportation or host a small dinner party.  There are numerous ways for you to gain new understanding and change the way you see the world. Please complete the form on our contact page for more information.

Ambassador Spotlight

Sandy M. shares her experiences in New Zealand

It has always been my desire to travel the world, not just to enjoy a vacation but to learn about other cultures and forge relationships with people from all walks of life. Upon joining Friendship Force of Western Colorado, I learned that they were planning a trip to New Zealand, a country I had always wanted to visit. I decided to join them on the journey and then continue on my more extensive travels throughout other parts of New Zealand, Australia, and Asia. It proved to be a good choice.

Stepping into a foreign country with Friendship Force added a level of comfort I would not have experienced on my own. It also brought immediate immersion into a community, first with my hosts and other club members on the North and South Islands, but also with their network of family and friends. I was able to learn about places off the beaten path to visit, local customs and celebrations, and unique phrases and language quirks.

One unique celebration is Guy Fawkes Day which commemorates the foiling of Fawkes' plot to blow up Parliament and kill the King in 1605. In Napier, the day was marked with fish and chips, and bonfires and fireworks all along the beach. It was a celebration never to be forgotten!

Another experience I will always treasure is when our club members were given a tour of Napier in antique cars driven by members of the Model A club who dressed in costumes appropriate to the era.

But the greatest gift was the friendships that were forged. My lovely host Joy knew I would be traveling solo in New Zealand throughout the holidays and invited me back to celebrate Christmas with her family. Her kindness meant so much to me and was in keeping with the true spirit of the season. It's a Christmas I will always cherish.

I consider my hosts and other club members friends and hope we will stay in touch for many years to come. Better yet, I hope our paths will cross again, wherever that may be in the world.

Our drivers dressed in period appropriate attire for the tour of Napier.

Guy Fawkes celebration on the beach with bonfires and fireworks.

In Invercargill on the South Island, we were welcomed by the Town Crier!

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