At the heart of The Friendship Force organization are club exchanges. During a club exchange, club members, or "ambassadors," visit a club in a different country, usually
staying in homes, and develop friendships and understanding of the other culture
through the experience.
In 2007 alone, 5767 friendship ambassadors traveled between 58 countries, with thousands more serving as hosts. The mission, structure and activities are described in the website
. Our local club, The Friendship Force of Western Colorado, one of 105 clubs spread over 38 states, has active members who live throughout Western Colorado area. We have been in existence since 1986 and have 50 members. At our meetings we learn about various cultures around the world in arranging our program of yearly exchanges. Also, we have periodic socials that take place. Exchanges, both “outbound” (visiting another country for a homestay as “Ambassadors”) and “inbound” (hosting visitors from another country in our homes) are the center of our club’s activities.
As an ambassador on an outbound exchange you travel to another country, reside in a family home for one or two weeks, and share that family’s lifestyle and culture. Ambassadors for an Outbound Exchange travel to and from the host city where up to
seven nights of home hosting and special activities are provided by the local club.
There are usually options for additional home hosting in a different city within the same
country, home hosting in a nearby country, or additional travel as a group or as an
individual. Ambassadors are expected to be flexible, open to experiences with a
different culture, and to reflect well on themselves and their country.. Your accommodations may be sparse or luxurious, just as those traveling as ambassadors to Western Colorado may find our host homes to be humble or luxurious.
We host inbound exchanges with groups of guests or “Ambassadors” from other countries in our homes for a week. We try to share the “real” America with our visitors by involving them with our daily activities and by our club. Western Colorado and Eastern Utah have many unique places to visit, including desert landscapes, Indian cultural sites, and mountains. Anyone in Western Colorado is welcome to join our club. Our members can participate in exchanges of our club or with any other U.S. club if space is available. Our club has one international inbound and one international outbound exchange each year. We also have domestic exchanges with other clubs within the United States.
Home Hosts for an Inbound Exchange provide lodging in their homes for inbound
ambassadors. The facilities offered by a home host are matched to the needs of the
ambassador group, and typically are for one to three persons. Host families include
their ambassadors in the activities of their daily lives as well as activities designed to
introduce the ambassadors to life in our Valley Area.
Friendship Force of Western Colorado
P.O Box 3665
Grand Junction, CO 81502