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Travel and Community: The Friendship Force

1/17/2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM PST

RSVP to (415) 387-1375 or info@sfvillage.org
The Friendship Force believes that a World of Friends is a World of Peace. Friendship Force is a private, non-profit organization that promotes friendship, peace, and understanding throughout the world. Through home-stays, it brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to experience different views, and to discover common ground. The Friendship Force was founded by Wayne Smith in 1977 and has over 350 clubs in 60 countries around the world.
Martha LeRoy of Fremont and Dee Gustavson of Los Altos will present a program based on their travel and hosting experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area Friendship Force Club.
Martha has been a member of the Bay Area Club for nine years. She has hosted at least once each of those years. She’s made friends with people through exchanges both here and abroad. She has a yen for traveling and loves learning about other cultures. Dee and her husband, Dave, joined the Bay Area Club in 1984, in time to travel with 40 other club members on their first outbound exchange to New Plymouth, New Zealand. Since then, they have traveled to several countries, attended several FF International Conferences, and hosted international visitors from many countries, such as Uzbekistan, Kyrgistan, England, Japan, Brazil, Germany, and Canada. They both enjoy meeting people, studying their language, and learning about their culture.

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