To promote global understanding across the barriers that separate people Values: Mutual Respect, Cultural Diversity, Cultural Exploration, Service
Friendship Force International is a non-religious, non-political, non-profit organization founded in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, and introduced on March 1, 1977, by President Jimmy Carter at a White House gathering of state governors. It is an international cultural exchange program, founded by Wayne Smith, a Presbyterian minister and former U.S. missionary to Brazil.
Friendship Force International (FFI) provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region. In a typical Friendship Force program, a local club (chapter) prepares an itinerary of cultural activities, inviting members from clubs in other countries to come for four to seven days and stay with them in their homes.