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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History of the

Kaleidoscope and How

It Affects Our Lives Today

Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m. EST

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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!

During the Keynote presentation, you’ll learn …

  • why the kaleidoscope was invented
  • how it led to other inventions that affect our lives today
  • the six major types of kaleidoscopes and various mirror systems
  • about The Brewster Kaleidoscope Society (since 1986)
  • how constructing a kaleidoscope teaches science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM/STEM)
  • where you can buy kaleidoscope kits

Interested in a follow-up workshop on how to build one? Email [email protected].

Travelers’ Tales

Tuesday, October 27 at 5:00 p.m. CEST

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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.

Did you meet an exceptional human being on a trip ? Have you experienced a fun, meaningful or scary moment? We want to hear about it! Pick your favorite travel picture and get ready to tell your story to friends around the world.

If you are interested in sharing a story, please fill this form so we can plan accordingly: https://forms.gle/S5hxTJbrTtpYC3GC7

Let’s Paint Party – Floral Watercolor Doodles

Saturday, November 7, 2020, 11:00 a.m. PST

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Host: Kathy Hart, FF Sacramento

More painting fun! Our last “cherries and bluebirds” art class was a great success, so we hope you’ll join us for the next one. We’ll be painting simple watercolors florals and you will be amazed how easy they are to do. These small paintings make great gifts for a friend or family member.

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, paper towel, a pencil and eraser, an old toothbrush, water in a large cup, and a hair dryer to dry your painting before adding ink details

FF Sacramento

Presents: Infection &

Immunity

Sunday, November 8 at 3:30 p.m. PST

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Host: Linda D. Caren, Ph.D.

Join FF Sacramento to hear Linda D. Caren, Ph.D., speak on “Infection and Immunity.” She is a graduate of Stanford University in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She has taught in this field throughout her career and is Professor Emeritus, California State University, Northridge. She continues to serve her Northern California Bay area community by providing talks to senior living communities on this and related topics such as “Chasing the Flu” and “Whatever Happened to Polio?”

Trivia Quiz

Monday, November 9, 2020, 8:30 p.m. CET

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Host: Kerstin Hogan, FF Staff

Friendship Force members around the world are invited to join this entertaining trivia quiz with a new set of questions every month! It’s not all about knowing the answers though, it’s about connecting with old and new friends. After a short introduction to meet you all, we will put you in virtual rooms in small teams for four rounds of questions. There will also be plenty of time for chit-chat.

You’ll need a separate mobile phone to take pictures during the quiz.

Faces and Places: Sibiu, Romania

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 9:00 p.m. EET

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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.

The city lies in central Romania and is a fascinating destination in Dracula`s land. With graciously hospitable citizens, beautiful landscapes and a history dating to the 12th century, Sibiu serves up the flavors of Transylvania: an exciting blend of traditions between the Romanian and German cultures.

Host: Camelia Grigore is FF Sibiu’s club president and has been a member since 2006. She has traveled often and enthusiastically hosted many new friends due to her love for other people’s stories and the Friendship Force spirit. Camelia is a medical doctor, fluent in English and French, and married with two daughters.

Fulfilling Our Mission

While Minimizing Our

Climate Impact (Session 1)

Thursday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. CET

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

While the pandemic is dominating headlines, another major global threat continues to need our attention: climate change. Devastating wildfires, floods, cyclones and other natural disasters are wreaking havoc on communities, affecting people and animals globally.

Scientists believe that by acting NOW we can still minimize our ecological footprint and slow down the consequences of climate change. That includes all of us in Friendship Force. Join us to find out more about climate change and how individual Friendship Force members as well as clubs can reduce our carbon footprint. After a short presentation, participants will break into small groups to brainstorm and discuss ideas.

Fulfilling Our Mission

While Minimizing Our

Climate Impact (Session 2)

Tuesday, November 17 at 11:00 a.m. CET

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

While the pandemic is dominating headlines, another major global threat continues to need our attention: climate change. Devastating wildfires, floods, cyclones and other natural disasters are wreaking havoc on communities, affecting people and animals globally.

Scientists believe that by acting NOW we can still minimize our ecological footprint and slow down the consequences of climate change. That includes all of us in Friendship Force. Join us to find out more about climate change and how individual Friendship Force members as well as clubs can reduce our carbon footprint. After a short presentation, participants will break into small groups to brainstorm and discuss ideas.

Let’s Paint Party – 

Christmas Cards

Saturday, December 5, 2020, 11:00 a.m. PST

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Host: Kathy Hart, FF Sacramento

Want to create hand-painted Christmas cards for a few special people? Let’s paint together some simple watercolors. You will be amazed how easy they are to do and they will make great gifts for a friend or family member.

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 simple school-style set is fine), 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 to dry your painting before adding ink details

Questions? Contact Kathy: [email protected]

Friendship Force Virtual Experience Recordings:

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Discover Australia While Improving Your English

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. 

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.

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!

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 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.

 

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

Host: Ina Bornheim, FFI 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, FFI 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!

 

 

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.

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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