Friendship Force Virtual Experiences

Hosted by FFI Members and Staff

Stay in touch with friends with these upcoming webinars, trainings, and social opportunities. 

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Let’s connect with music!

Monday, December 13, 2021, 2:o0 p.m. Eastern Time

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Host: Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

Each country has songs through which its culture can be experienced. Music is all around us and many of our clubs perform music pieces when journeying together. We would like to invite all of you to come and sing or play a song, whether it’s a solo performance or together with some other club members. If you prefer listening, that is also fine. You can send in a video of your club’s performance at a Welcome or Farewell Party, if a live performance isn’t possible (send to: [email protected]). Let’s connect with members worldwide through music!

Coffee Chat:

The festive season

around the world

Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time

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Hosts: Allison Lindsey & Hemily Nogueira, FFI Staff

Let’s sit down, have a cup of coffee together, and share our favorite activities and traditions around the holiday season – whether it’s Thanksgiving, Sinterklaas, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or something else that is celebrated in your part of the world.

Pick something you especially like about the festive season and tell us about it. Special decorations, mouth-watering recipes, thoughtful presents, family traditions, Christmas witches and elves…the list goes on.

The idea here is for an interactive exchange with members around the world. Depending on the number of participants, you’ll have about 2-5 minutes to share your favorite aspect of the festive season. If you prefer to just listen, that’s also fine!

Christmas music festival

Saturday, December 18, 2021, 9:o0 a.m. Tokyo

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Host: Japan Music Club

Japanese club members who are ardent music lovers welcome you to a special time playing Christmas songs from around the world.

We will perform some of the Christmas favorites, including White Christmas, Waltz Medley, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and others, playing individually or in groups. Please join with us and feel free to just listen, sing along, or share your own live or pre-recorded performance with us.

Let us deepen our friendship through music and hopefully meet again someday.

Café Virtuel en Français:

Fêtes et traditions de fin d’année

Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time

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Host: Valerie Malfara, FFI Staff

Pour clôturer cette année en beauté, je vous invite à nous rejoindre autour d’une tasse de thé ou café, pour un dernier moment convivial en Français. 

A l’aube des fêtes de fin d’année, prenons le temps de discuter et d’échanger sur les festivités de nos pays réciproques. Peut-être avez-vous envie de partager une tradition ou une recette qui perdure dans votre famille, une décoration de Noël que vous avez à cœur, ou encore une photo de votre ville, parée de ses habits de lumière. 

FFI BOOK CLUB:

“The Puma Years” 

by Laura Coleman

Wednesday, January 19, 2021, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

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Host: Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

The fifth book we are reading together is “The Puma Years” by British writer, activist and artist Laura Coleman. It covers her purpose-finding journey in the Amazon jungles of Bolivia. Please go to your favorite book store or borrow this moving memoir from the library around the corner and start reading now.

Readers will be hooked by Coleman’s compelling storytelling right from the opening pages…There are poignant breakthroughs, unsettling setbacks, terrifying dangers, narrow escapes, heartbreaking separations and reunions, and hookups and relationships, all channeled through Coleman’s honest, wry, self-effacing, and always entertaining narrative…This is an amazing tale, one that readers will remember.” Booklist

Find out more here.

Friendship Force Virtual Experience Recordings:

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Tour Tips for Kyoto, Japan

Host: Takao Asakura, FF Osaka

Kyoto is a place to encounter all that is ‘uniquely Japanese.’ Walking through its cobbled streets lined with temples, shrines and old wooden buildings is like a journey back in time. The golden Kinkakuji Temple and the endless rows of vermilion torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine are always a fresh surprise to the visitor. Kiyomizu-dera Temple, with its “Kiyomizu-no-butai” stage, offers a far-reaching view of the city, while Ginkaku-ji and the bamboo groves of Arashiyama are stunning escapes from the hustle and bustle. 

WhatsApp groups: Benefits for your club

Host: Hemily Nogueira, FFI Staff

WhatsApp is an app that allows the sending of text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media, documents, and user location. Have you ever considered the benefits WhatsApp can offer to your club? We’ll show how to create a club WhatsApp group and discuss how your members can benefit from using it for communication. 

 

 

Faces & Places: A Taste of Western Oregon

Host: FF Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley

Native Americans had been living in the Willamette Valley of Oregon for over ten thousand years before the first European settlers arrived. 170 years ago, the valley was the “end of the Oregon Trail” and was seen as an Eden, a land of plenty for the early settlers.  Today the valley continues to hold great opportunities for natural resource wealth as well as scenic beauty.  

 

Using Social Media for your club: Facebook

Hosts: Valerie Malfara & Hemily Nogueira, FFI Staff

A Facebook page is a great tool for promoting your club to your wider community. Your members can chat, write about FF Journey experiences, and post photos, then share the page with their friends and those in your community. We’ll show you how quick and easy it is to create your club page, so you can start sharing your club’s activities and memories right away! 

Come From Away - Inspirational 9/11 Story of Gander, Newfoundland

Hosts: Diane & Nick Marson, Guest Speakers with FF Houston

Nick and Diane share the story of how they met each other and the amazingly hospitable townspeople of Gander, Newfoundland, Canada during the 9/11 emergency plane re-routing. Their story is memorialized in the Broadway musical “Come From Away.” Here is a chance to learn how incredible support for strangers developed into friendships.

Peace Corps

Host: FF Sacramento

Learn about opportunities to serve in the United States Peace Corps. The Peace Corps invites US citizens of any age to serve overseas for two years, to truly become a part of that community. Its goal is to promote world peace and friendship. Opportunities are available around the globe assisting in the areas of agriculture, community economic development, education, the environment, healthcare, and youth development. Three people who entered the Peace Corps as senior citizens will share their experiences.

Faces & Places: Baltic Cruise Part 1

Hosts: Anna & Peter Guthrie, FF Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho

We’ll take you on a visual journey of the Friendship Force Enrichment Voyage of 2014, organized in partnership with the Semester at Sea program. Starting in Hamburg, Germany, this first part of the presentation covers the southern coast of the Baltic Sea with stops in Germany, Poland, Lithuania, and Estonia. 150 of the 700 passengers on board were members of Friendship Force. 

Hiking the Camino de Santiago Trail

Host: Serena Williams, FF Sacramento & Marylee Drake

Can you imagine hiking 500 miles in northern Spain, retracing a pilgrimage route many centuries old? Join the Friendship Force of Sacramento to hear from two people who’ve done this and created the memory of a lifetime.  Learn why they did it, how they did it and what they got out of it.

Exploring Northern California and Reno, Nevada

Host: FF Sacramento

Friendship Force members share photos and travel information about interesting or beautiful places not far from Sacramento. Please view the notes for more details.  

Castles, Caves & Kegs: Hiking in Bavaria

Hosts: Julia and Chris Smith, FF Sacramento

The hosts and their club, FF Sacramento, share a slideshow of their multi-club journey in Germany. They joined with Friendship Force clubs from around the world for a ten-day adventure in stunning Bavaria. They were home hosted near Nuremberg, then hiked from hotel to hotel through the beautiful countryside. 

Faces & Places: Ontario, Canada

Hosts: Representatives from Ontario’s nine FF Clubs

Located in east-central Canada, the province of Ontario is home to the nation’s capital, Ottawa, as well as its largest city, Toronto. Ontario offers something for everyone: history, nature, culture, food, adventure, fun…and lots of friendliness. 

The nine Ontario Friendship Force clubs are excited to showcase their region.

The Climate Crisis in Indonesia

Hosts: Representatives from Five Indonesian FF Clubs

Learn how climate change is impacting the life of the people of Indonesia. Hear about the effects of global warming and natural disasters, endangered fauna and flora, and how FFI members from Greater Bogor, Banda Aceh, Jakarta, Banjarmasin and Yogyakarta are teaming up to raise awareness for a more sustainable world.

Faces & Places: Bursa, Turkey

Host: Sait Tosun, FF Bursa

Come with us on a virtual visit to Bursa, an amazing city in beautiful Turkey, and get ideas for your next trip! Explore the 4th largest city of a unique country bridging two continents, Europe and Asia, and hear about the very best of Bursa from Sait Tosun. He will introduce you to his hometown lifestyle and some of the most attractive sights.

Travel for Genealogy Research

Host: Helen Flach, FF Sacramento

Helen shows us how to prepare for “going home to a place you’ve never been before.” Whether it is combing libraries and historical archives, sleuthing out locations where your family lived, worked and were buried, connecting yourself to events in American history, or just getting the feel of their country of origin, seeking your ancestors through travel will give you a new perspective on the places and people that are your own personal history.

Watercolor Doodles: Valentines

Host: Kathy Hart, FF of Sacramento

We will do small, simple Valentine watercolor paintings that can be given as cards to friends or family members. 

You will need: Two 8.5 X 11 sheets of card stock (or watercolor paper sheet cut in half); watercolor paints with brush (a school set is fine); a permanent black marker with a fine tip; paper towel; pencil and eraser; an old toothbrush; water in a large cup; a hair dryer

Faces & Places: Ohio

Hosts: Jackie Herriman of FF of NE Ohio, Bambi Saxe and Byron Wade of FF of Dayton, Katie Campbell of FF of Greater Cincinnati

Come with us on a virtual journey through Ohio in the midwestern U.S.A. Representatives from Ohio’s three Friendship Force clubs will share the history, sights, culture and food of three separate areas of the state.  You’ll learn from Ohioans what distinguishes Ohio from the other 49 states and what to expect when you visit the place we call home.

Sacred Sites of Northern India: Part 1

Host: Helen Arnott, FF Edmonton & Area

Come on a virtual visit by Zoom with Canadian Friendship Force member, Helen Arnott, from the FF Edmonton and Area club. Helen will take you to visit her birthplace in the most diverse of lands: India. This presentation will cover some of the sights of Rishikesh, Varanasi, and Amritsar and there will be brief commentary on meditative Yoga, Hinduism and Sikhism. 

Painting Landscapes with Acrylics

Host: Daithi Kelley

Join professional artist, Daithi Kelley, as he guides you through this introductory acrylic painting class. You will learn the basic steps and techniques of painting a landscape from a photo, discussing mediums, mixing paint and learning about the right tools to use. 

Paella Day

Host: Arilio Ardila, FF Bogota

Learn how to cook an authentic Paella in this live cooking class. You’ll learn all about this amazing dish and have a chance to cook alongside the prestigious chef Arilio Ardila from the Friendship Force of Bogota, Colombia. The class will be held in English.

Click here for a list of ingredients.

 

Fulfilling Our Mission While Minimizing Our Climate Impact (Session 2)

Hosts: Valerie Malfara, FFI Staff,  Kurt Haefeli, FF Solothurn, and Gaya Vanstraelen, FF Leuven & Belgian Coast

Scientists believe that by acting NOW we can still minimize our ecological footprint and slow down the consequences of climate change. Join us for part two of this presentation and discussion on what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint.

 

 

"Let's Paint!" Party - Floral Watercolors

Host: Kathy Hart, FF Sacramento

We’ll be painting simple watercolor florals and you will be amazed how easy they are to do!

You’ll need: One 8.5 X 11 sheet of card stock or watercolor paper cut in half, a set of watercolor paints and a brush, a fine-tip Sharpie or permanent black marker, paper towel, a pencil and eraser, an old toothbrush, water in a cup, and a hair dryer to dry your painting before adding ink details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography: What Makes a Picture Worth a Second Look

Host: Dr. Susan Brenner, FF Dayton

What makes a good photograph? What makes a photograph worth “a second look”? In the workshop we will view and explore photographic examples of good composition, light, and subject. The goal is to learn how to go beyond documentation to create meaningful art worth a second look (maybe even a third or fourth look!)

 

Fall Soups and Stews

Host: Kathy Hart, FF Sacramento

Tired of the same old dinners? Try a few of these fantastic fall options from Kathy Hart and friends of the FF Sacramento. They have some delicious soup ideas for you which are quick, easy, and healthy.

 CLICK HERE FOR RECIPES.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Open World Program: History and Hosts

Hosts: Britton Holmes, FFI Staff with Sherry Wileman, FF Big Canoe & Rick Thomas, FF Memphis

This webinar gives members a look into the Open World Leadership Program. US Friendship Force clubs have partnered with this unique program since 1999 to provide homestays and peer-to-peer professional programming for emerging leaders from all over the world. 

 

 

 

 

Improve Your Travel Photography

Host: Dr. Sharon Swallwood, FF Florida Suncoast

Dr. Sharon Swallwood presents tips, tricks, and gear to help capture the beauty around you. Learn to take more powerful photographs and communicate your vision and ideas. (Our main focus is improving composition – not technical topics like shutter speed, ISO, or aperture.)

Check out Sharon’s work on her website.

 

 

Faces & Places: Brazil

Hosts: Thiago Lorena, FF of Ribeirao Preto and Hemily Nogueira, FFI Staff

Join us as we explore “Faces and Places” in Brazil! Thiago Lorena, FF Ribeirao Preto, will take us on a virtual trip through Brazil, giving us highlights of the sights and sounds of his home country. He’ll share about his life and culture, as well as what you can expect when you visit this beautiful country.

Caras y Lugares: Mexico

Host: Myrna Sanchez, FF Tuxtla Gutierrez

¡Hola! Soy Myrna Mariana Sánchez Gutiérrez, tengo apenas 35 años y nací y crecí en el hermoso estado sureño de Chiapas en México. Mi mamá es una de las fundadoras de nuestro club Friendship Force Tuxtla Gutiérrez en 1983, así que crecí viendo cómo mi mamá viajaba a muchas partes del mundo construyendo increíbles amistades. ¡Mi casa es tu casa y sean bienvenidos(as) a nuestro hermoso México!

Miércoles Paellero

Hosts: Chef Alirio Ardila, FF Bogota and Cuqui Gamboa-Ardila, FF Bogota

¿Te gusta la paella? Únete a nosotros para aprender a cocinarlo. Puedes cocinarlo junto con nuestro chef Alirio Ardila. ¡Todo lo que necesitas es comprar los ingredientes de la lista y divertirte! Haga clic aquí para obtener un volante con los ingredientes necesarios.

IMPORTANT: This event is in SPANISH.

The Climate Crisis in Japan

Host: Kikumi Shiga, FF Oita

Learn how climate change is impacting the life of the people of Japan. During this workshop you hear about the effects of global warming and natural disasters, endangered fauna and flora, and how FFI members from Oita are working to raise awareness for a more sustainable world. After the presentation, the participants were invited to discuss, compare and share practices, goals and ideas from their country.

 

Japanese Culture Chat: Autumn (In Japanese)

Host: Kikumi Shiga, FF Oita

Our theme is autumn… the scenery, food, events, customs and art in Japan and elsewhere! Kikumi lives in Taketa city and will speak of its famed Bamboo Lantern and autumn in the arts, namely Haiku and music. She will also explain about Shichi-Go-San (七五三, literally “Seven-Five-Three”), a November festival and traditional rite of passage celebrating the growth and well-being of young children.

 

Faces & Places: Northern Colorado

Host: Cathie McCallum, FF Northern Colorado

Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, with clear, dry air at elevations of 5,000-12,000 feet, Northern Colorado has a lot to offer. Sculpture parks, small unique museums, rivers, lakes, hiking trails, wildlife, microbreweries, mountain views, are among the many features you can experience when you journey to Northern Colorado. Have a look at the recording and see what to expect!

 

Watercolor Doodles: Pumpkins & Fall Flowers

Host: Kathy Hart, FF Sacramento

Want to learn how to paint a pumpkin with some fall flowers? This community event is in a partnership with the Friendship Force of Sacramento and The Renaissance Society for life-long learning.  It will be one of several upcoming events designed for us to have fun together while promoting Friendship Force to Renaissance Society members and the online community. As a paint-along workshop, it will take around one hour for us to complete. 

 

Art Doodles: Whimsical tree for all seasons

Host: Kathy Hart, FF Sacramento

Want to paint a fun, whimsical tree showing all four seasons? It’s easier than you think and a whole lot of fun. Kathy uses acrylic paints, but either watercolor or acrylic paints will work. Watch this community event in partnership with the Friendship Force of Sacramento and The Renaissance Society for life-long learning and paint along!

 

Music Festival from Japan to the World

Host: FF Tokyo

Each country has different songs through which its culture can be experienced. This festival will feature wonderful performances by music lovers from Japan. There will be many songs to enjoy, but two highlights of the festival include Yukiko Mizuno playing songs that remind us of Japanese culture on the German Lyre, and Kazuko Sengoku on the Shamisen, generally used in classical Chinese music. We hope you will join us for this heartwarming celebration of global music.

Faces & Places: Cottbus, Germany

Host: FF Cottbus

Please accept a warm invitation from the members of the Friendship Force of Cottbus for a virtual visit. Come and get to know the members, their culture, the landscape of the region, and much more. 

Japanese Culture Chat (In Japanese)

Host: Kikumi Shiga, FF Oita

In this event we talked about 七夕:The Tanabata festival also known as the Qiqiao Festival, is a Chinese festival celebrating the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver girl in mythology. The festival is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month on the Chinese Calendar.

East Africa Culture

Host: Tracy Mirembe, FF Kampala

Learn what makes East Africa unique! The presentation focuses on Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania. You also get some information about our East African Friendship Force Clubs and you can follow an interesting Q&A session in the second half of the recording.

Faces & Places: Northern Germany Part 2

Hosts: FF Schwerin, FF Lübeck, FF Kiel

Representatives from three Northern German Friendship Force clubs share sights, culture and food of their region and introduce you to their clubs. Due to technical issues, we had to improvise. You see a short intro of FF Lübeck, then FF Schwerin’s presentation followed by FF Lübeck’s movie clip. The last presentation is about FF Kiel. Q&A’s for all three clubs can be watched at the end.

Passion for Paintings: The Mystery of a Master - Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Host: Dany Vandenbroeck, FF Leuven

Hear about the famous Renaissance painter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and see some of his masterpieces. To be able to fully appreciate the details in his drawings and paintings, you also get some background information about his life and the period he lived in.

Sacramento's Art Deco Hidden Treasures

Host: FF Sacramento with Speaker Bruce Marwick

Learn about what is considered Art Deco and see some amazing art in Sacramento including Art Deco buildings, murals, paintings, and sculptures. Many of the treasures are rarely seen items from Sacramento’s libraries and archive collections.  Our speaker, Bruce Marwick, is a board member of the Sacramento History Alliance and Preservation Chair of the Sacramento Art Deco Society.

How to Travel and Stay Healthy

Host: Dr. Luke Williams, Florida

Join FF Florida Suncoast and guest speaker, Dr. Luke Williams, a board certified physician practicing concierge medicine in St. Petersburg, Florida, who will explain how to stay healthy during travel. How can you boost your immune system prior to your trip? What should you take with you? What exercises are recommended for plane travel, and what sort of things should you eat and avoid? 

Create a Vision Board for 2021

Host: Kathy Hart, FF Sacramento

Have you set your 2021 goals? A vision board is a visual representation of your goals, meaning it uses images and text to symbolize a goal (or goals) that you have. Studies suggest that putting your goals on paper actually helps you achieve them. Visualizing them through images and words can increase motivation, confidence, accountability, and even motor performance. So join us for this fun arts and craft project with a purpose.

"Let's Paint!" Party - Christmas Cards

Host: Kathy Hart, FF Sacramento

Want to create hand-painted Christmas cards for a few special people? 

You’ll need: Two 8.5 X 11 sheets of card stock or watercolor paper cut in half, a set of watercolor paints and a brush, a Sharpie or other permanent black marker with a fine tip, paper towel, a pencil and eraser, 6 cotton swabs, water in a large cup, and a hair dryer.

Fulfilling Our Mission While Minimizing Our Climate Impact (Session 1)

Hosts: Valerie Malfara, FFI Staff, Kurt Haefeli, FF Solothurn, Gaya Vanstraelen, FF Leuven & Belgian Coast, and  Lyn Hargreave, FF Western Michigan & FFI Board

Scientists believe that by acting NOW we can still minimize our ecological footprint and slow down the consequences of climate change.

 

 

Faces and Places: Sibiu, Romania

Host: Camelia Grigore, FF Sibiu 

Camelia from Sibiu, Romania, extends to you a warm invitation to learn about her country. Her virtual tour will take you to some of the cultural and historical highlights to be encountered on a Friendship Force Journey in Sibiu. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travelers' Tales

Host: Valerie Malfara, FFI Staff

While the pandemic is still an obstacle to international travel, it’s the perfect time to look at old travel photos and revive fond memories. This virtual event is your opportunity to listen to or share inspiring travel stories from the comfort of your couch.

 

India Through the Eyes of a Friendship Force Member: Part 2 - Delhi To Mumbai

Host: Ina Bornheim, FF Lübeck

In this second photo show, Ina will focus on her private tour to some of the main sights between Delhi and Mumbai after her Indian home stay in 2017. She covers things like travel, religion, food, and sights. Take this opportunity to hear her impressions of a wonderful Indian tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India Through the Eyes of a Friendship Force Member: Part 1 - Homestay Journey

Host: Ina Bornheim, FF Lübeck

How would you describe India? Ina from FF Lübeck in Germany will share her perspectives on India’s diversity gained during homestays with Friendship Force Nashik-Riverside in 2016 and 2017, in Germany and in India. Take this opportunity to hear her impressions of a wonderful Indian homestay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Let's Paint!" Party

Host: Kathy Hart, FF Sacramento

During this online class, we’ll paint two simple watercolors on cards that can be shared with friends or family.

You’ll need: One 8.5 X 11 sheet of card stock or watercolor paper cut in half, a set of watercolor paints and a brush (a simple school-style set is fine), a Sharpie or other permanent black marker with a fine tip, and some water. Let’s get creative!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solo Travel: Tips and Tricks

Host: Valerie Malfara and Britton Holmes, FFI Staff

Solo travel can seem intimidating if you’ve not done it before. In this workshop we discuss the benefits of traveling solo, how to best plan, destinations to choose from, tips for staying safe, and how to connect with locals and other travelers.

* No recording available, only PowerPoint presentation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faces & Places: Japan

Hosts: Ms. Ono Kazue, FF Setouchi・Hiroshima & Mr.Ryotaro Sakurai, FF Sendai Miyagi

This virtual trip through Hiroshima and Miyagi will give a valuable insight into their typical foods, culture, sites, and, of course, the warm hospitality of their peoples.

 

Faces & Places: France

Host: Valerie Malfara, FFI Staff

Join us as we take a virtual trip to France, where FFI staff member Valerie Malfara will tell you all you need to know about her home country. She will share about her life in France, the culture, must-see places, fun facts, and much more.

 

Global Journeys

Host: Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

Who can participate in a Global Journey? How do I register? What do I need to know when planning and organizing Global Journeys? What makes Global Journeys both fun and educational?

Join us to get answers to these questions and learn from a few recent successful Global Journeys.

Eddy Cabrera Performance!

Hosts: Cuqui Gamboa-Ardila, FF Bogota and Eddy Cabrera, FF Bogota, Performer

Eddy Cabrera, FF Bogota, is a professional singer and dancer. In this performance, he’ll sing themes from other countries in Latin America, and two or three in English. Rhythms represented include merengue, salsa, and cumbias. 

Faces & Places: Mexico

Host: Myrna Sánchez, FF Tuxtla-Gutierrez and Hemily Nogueira, FFI Staff

Join us to learn all you need to know before heading to Mexico. We’ll be talking a little bit of everything: cultural traditions, customs, food, tips and more! Mi casa es su casa and welcome to beautiful Mexico!

 

 

Zoom Training

Host: Hemily Nogueira, FFI Staff

In social distancing times, it’s always good to learn as many different ways as possible to connect! Zoom is a great tool used for it. Join us for a quick and basic training on this app’s main features!

Día de Muertos Festival - Mexico

Host: Mavi Ramirez, FF Tuxtla Gutierrez

In San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, we celebrated our first Día de Muertos festival this November. It involved the tradition and culture of some of our Mayan Indian villages full of color, magic, mysticism and traditional altars. We also shared folklore & music, paintings and spectacular murals downtown, plenty of skulls and cempasuchil flowers. Watch the recording to hear all about this incredible event. 

 

Murals & Graffiti: Is it Art?

Host: Chris Smith, FF Sacramento

The Friendship Force of Sacramento has regular membership meetings with presentations on various culturally interesting subjects.  This month Chris Smith will lead a discussion on Murals and Graffiti, focusing on his travels to Colombia and also the murals that fill his hometown of Sacramento. Community art, especially murals, is a strong and effective tool to inject life into abandoned public spaces, and often reflects on the local people, neighbourhoods and the city’s history. 

Japanese Culture Chat: Rakugo (In English)

Host: Okidokitei Kanta, FF Mie

Rakugo has been enchanting audiences for over 400 years, the kimono-clad performer using voice inflections, gestures and facial expressions to portray all the characters of his tale, with only a fan & handkerchief as his props. The storyteller takes the listener on a magical journey, giving insights into Japanese customs, culture, and traditional lifestyles in a light-hearted, humorous way.

Japanese Culture Chat: The Moon (In Japanese)

Host: Kikumi Shiga, FF Oita

We focus on moon-viewing in Japan and how the moon ties in with Japanese culture. For example, the oldest Japanese story, “The Tale of the Bamboo-Cutter,” tells the story of Princess Kaguya, who was born from bamboo and returns to the moon. It has also been said since ancient times that there are rabbits on the moon. On the Otsukimi holiday, people decorate the house with soot, consume special ‘moon-viewing’ dumplings and sake, and admire the beautiful moon.

Faces & Places: Baltic Cruise Part 2

Hosts: Anna & Peter Guthrie, FF Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho

This is part 2 of the Friendship Force Enrichment Voyage of 2014, organized in partnership with the Semester at Sea program. After three days in St. Petersburg, we headed back west to Helsinki, Finland, and then Stockholm, Sweden, our point of disembarkation. 150 of the 700 passengers on board were members of Friendship Force. 

Faces & Places: East Africa

Host: Tracy Mirembe, FF Kampala

Find out what makes East Africa so unique. One of our well-travelled members of the FFI International Board of Directors, Tracy Mirembe, talks about Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania, discussing both the commonalities and differences between these countries. The tribes and ethnicities, the languages, places to visit, must-try specialties…

Faces & Places: Switzerland - A look behind the postcard idyll

Hosts: Kurt Häfeli & Lorenz Frey, FF Solothurn

Learn some compelling aspects of Switzerland such as the country’s promotion of gender equality, vocational education, and the focus on fighting climate change. Hear about some of the cultural and historical highlights typical for a Friendship Force Journey to Solothurn.

Succulent Garden Rock Art

Host: Kathy Hart, FF Sacramento

Let’s get creative! Want to enjoy a succulent garden without the watering hassle? Paint along and learn how to create a painted rock succulent garden in this tutorial. 

Successful Global Journey Planning

Host: Vicki Vance, FF Baton Rouge

Vicki Vance, a very experienced Global Journey Coordinator, shares exciting moments from Journeys she has led and gives some tips on how to successfully plan a Global Journey.

Faces & Places: Northern Germany Part 1

Hosts: FF Varel, FF Hamburg, FF Norderstedt

Representatives from three Northern German Friendship Force clubs share sights, culture and food of their region and introduce you to their clubs. Please watch
FF Varel from 00:00:00
FF Hamburg from 00:22:00
FF Norderstedt from 00:42:47.

Workshop zum Klimawandel

Hosts: Kurt Häfeli, FF Solothurn, Gaya Vanstraelen, FF Leuven & Belgian Coast, Kerstin Hogan, FF Staff

Erfahrt mehr über den Klimawandel und darüber, wie sowohl einzelne Friendship Force-Mitglieder als auch Clubs den ökologischen Fußabdruck reduzieren können.

Sacred Sites of Northern India: Part 2

Host: Helen Arnott, FF Edmonton & Area

Continue the virtual Zoom visit to India with FF Edmonton and Area member Helen Arnott and visit the courtyard of the Dalai Lama at Dharamsala in the Himalayan Mountains; the Golden Triangle of Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi. Listen to the tale of an ancient Moghul Emperor who wooed a beautiful Hindu princess at dawn and dusk. A brief commentary on Islam and Jainism is a thread woven through these sights.

Worth a Second Look, Pt. II: Time to Celebrate Our Photos

Host: Dr. Susan Brenner, FF Dayton

We will follow the cycle of observing, discovering, creating, and experiencing as a way to “celebrate” our special moments. Linking text with a photograph provides the opportunity to “observe” and “discover” the visible as well as the invisible elements. Using our photos to “create” art allows us to “experience” the joy of celebration. How can we celebrate? Let us count the ways!

 

History of the Kaleidoscope

Host: Brenda Hedden, FF Greater Boston

Brenda is a professional stained glass artist specializing in windows for cabinets and front-door side panels. She also designs and makes unique, personalized kaleidoscopes for adults and children. She has taught STEAM/STEM classes to over 450 students in the Boston area using kaleidoscopes as a teaching tool. Now she’ll share her presentation with the Friendship Force community! 

Faces and Places - Paraná, South Brazil

Host: Carlos Bergami, FF Curitiba

Paraná, southern Brazil is an interesting destination, with Curitiba, the capital, the coast of beaches, and the nearby city of Foz do Iguaçu. Come explore these wonders together.

 

Discover Australia While Improving Your English - 2

Host: Ian Stanford, FF Adelaide

Ian will help you to improve your spoken English and introduce you to some Australians whom you will be able to interact with. 

Ikebana - One Flower for a Better World

Host: Eleni Craveiro, FF Ribeirão Preto

Ikebana is the delicate Japanese art of flower arrangement. FF Ribeirão Preto’s Eleni Craveiro will give a step by step demonstration of this amazing practice and its meaning. If you want to create your arrangement alongside Eleni, you will need the following: flowers, leaves, a vase, scissors, a little towel, a bowl and a jar with water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faces & Places: Siberia

Hosts: Alexandra Imihelova, Minzhin and Nomin Ochirovu

Join us to learn all you need to know before heading to Russia. We’ll be talking a little bit of everything: cultural traditions, customs, food, and more!

FF Sacramento: Community Garden Presentation

Host: Pat Ghiglieri, FF Sacramento

Hear about a special community garden, unlike many others; it has 46 fruit trees, vines that produced 36 cases of wine, and has served as the venue for four weddings! Pat Ghiglieri shares the story of how the garden started 12 years ago, how community members volunteered to make it a neighborhood gathering place, and how they keep it thriving.

 

 

Faces & Places: New Zealand

Hosts: John Hannah and Kimberly Fraser, FFI Staff 

This webinar will give ambassadors from around the world a brief tour through New Zealand and its Friendship Force clubs. It will also highlight some of the great scenery we have in this very small country at the bottom of the Pacific. The New Zealand club members hope they will be able to share it again soon with our friends from around the world.

Culinary Diplomacy

Hosts: Kelsey Maher with Chris Smith, FF Sacramento

Believe it or not, every time you eat a meal you are engaging in the act of culinary diplomacy. Culinary diplomacy is the use of food to connect people from different backgrounds. Join us as we discuss the three pillars of culinary diplomacy and how you practice it in your daily life. FF Sacramento hosts this program which is presented by Kelsey Maher, a culinary educator and program manager living in California.

 

FF Sacramento's Summer Salad Recipes

Host: Kathy Hart, FF Sacramento

Learn some new delicious salads for the summer! Tired of the same old thing? Try a few of these options. We’ll be making salads with grains, greens and fruit.

 

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Duolingo Training

Host: Hemily Nogueira, FFI Staff

Duolingo is the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app in the world, with more than 300 million users. The company’s mission is to make education free, fun, and accessible to all. Duolingo is designed to feel like a game, and is scientifically proven to be effective. Join us to learn more about this amazing tool and be better prepared for your Journeys!

WhatsApp Training

Host: Hemily Nogueira, FFI Staff

Have you ever heard of WhatsApp? WhatsApp is a free app which allows you to send messages, pictures, videos and even voice recordings, as well as make voice and video calls over the internet for free. Join us to learn more about the features available in this amazing app!

 

Faces & Places: Brazil

Host: Thiago Lorena, FF Ribeirao Preto

Take a virtual trip through Brazil with Thiago, as he gives us highlights of the sights and sounds of his home country. He’ll share about his life and culture, as well as what you can expect when you visit this beautiful country.

It's A Match!

Host: Kimberly Fraser, FFI Staff

Find out more about how FFI matches clubs together in order to assign Journeys each year. This presentation will also look at planning for travel in 2022.

Faces & Places: Ghana

Host: Isaac Kortey, FF Volta Lake

Isaac will take us on a virtual trip through Ghana, giving us highlights of the sights and sounds of his home country. He’ll share about his life and culture, as well as what you can expect when you visit this beautiful country.

Discover Australia While Improving Your English 1

Host: Ian Stanford, FF Adelaide and Kimberly Fraser, FFI Staff

Ian will help you to improve your spoken English and introduce you to some Australians whom you will be able to interact with. Let us tell you about our Australian way of life. You will be a guest in Ian’s home and interact with him in his home environment and the homes of other Friendship Force members also. 

Host Your Own Virtual Experience!

Do you have an interest or skill that you would like to teach others? Fill out the application form below if you would like to host your very own Virtual Experience for Friendship Force members, either within your own club or for friends around the world!

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