Club History

Friendship Force International was founded by Wayne Smith and unveiled on March 1, 1977 by U.S. President Jimmy Carter at a White House gathering of governors.  First Lady Rosalyn Carter served as honorary chairperson until 2002.

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Friendship Force International

Friendship Force International (FFI) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of improving intercultural relations, cultural diplomacy, friendship, and intercultural competence via homestays.  


Today, the organization operates in organization operates in more than 60 countries and in 6 continents, with 15,000 active members and over 300 annual programs. 


Just "One Week"

One week can change your life, one week can change the world.  Learn more about Friendship Force International.