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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Faces & Places:

East Africa

Thursday, June 10, 2021, 8:00 p.m. East Africa Time

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Host: Tracy Mirembe, FF Kampala

Come together for a virtual Journey to East Africa and find out what makes this region so unique. One of our well-travelled members of the FFI International Board of Directors, Tracy Mirembe, will talk 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…you will get a very complete understanding of the region and find out more about the local Friendship Force clubs, with time for questions and answers.

Café Virtuel en Français:

Les fêtes et festivals autour

du monde

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 11:00 a.m. EDT

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Host: Valerie Malfara, FFI Staff

La Fête des Lumières à Lyon, le Carnaval de Nice ou de Rio, Mardi Gras, Holi, la Fête des Couleurs en Inde, ou encore Dia de los Muertos au Mexique, les fêtes et festivals auxquels nous sommes si attachés font partie intégrante de nos cultures. Venez découvrir différentes célébrations autour du monde, et faites découvrir aux autres participants vos fêtes et festivals préférés, dans votre pays ou dans un pays que vous avez visité?

Join us this month to chat, discuss, exchange in French about festivities and festivals around the world! Carnival in Rio or in Nice, Mardi Gras, Holi in India or Dia de los Muertos in Mexico, we’ll have a chance to learn about different celebrations and if you are up for it, you can share your favorite celebration or festival in your country, or in a place you have visited.  The event will be entirely in French but feel free to just join and listen in! 

Movie Chat in Japanese

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 8:o0 p.m. Japan

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Host: Noriko Kanamoto, FFI Staff

This opportunity is for Japanese club members (or those who speak Japanese) to talk about their favorite movie.

The three to be discussed this week are 「オデッセイThe Martian」「あんSweet Bean」「 5時から7時までのクレオCléo from 5 to 7 and were selected by a vote from the following nominations:

小林さん「5時から7時までのクレオ」
佐藤さん「わたしのなかのあなたmy sister’s keeper」
田中さん「欲望という名の列車」「ロシュホールの恋人」
小野さん「きっとおまくいく」「ギルバード・グレイプ」
今村さん「ママハデットのモデル養成プロジェクト」
「君の膵臓が食べたい」
高石さん「あん」
鈴本さん「アラバマ物語」「キリング・フィールド」
石井さん「ゴースト」「運び屋」「おくりび」「トーマス・クラウン・アフェアー」「駆け込み女と駆け出し男」
宇梶さん「ニューシネマパラダイス」「ボーンアイデンティティ」
 峯さん「エデンの東」
 

Faces & Places:

Cottbus, Germany

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 8:o0 p.m. CEST

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Host: FF Cottbus

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

Perhaps this could even be the first step towards us meeting personally in Cottbus someday!

Coffee Chat:

Specialties and recipes

from around the world

Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Hosts: Hemily Nogueira and Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

Have you ever considered how the food we eat shapes our cultural identity? We associate many of our favorite recipes with warm feelings and memories of home. Cooking and eating together nourishes both body and spirit and is a tangible expression of the way we care for the people we love. Traditional recipes are carefully passed down from one generation to the next, and can also be an expression of cultural identity. Sharing those recipes with others can be a source of pride and a simple way to celebrate one’s cultural heritage with others.

We invite you to celebrate culture through food and share one of your favorite family recipes with us. We would like to compile all recipes to an eBooklet downloadable from my.friendshipforce.org for the extended FF community. 

Café com Prosa:

Celebrando aspectos

culturais através da comida

Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 6:00 p.m. São Paulo

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Host: Hemily Nogueira, FFI Staff

Você já parou para pensar como os alimentos que comemos moldam nossa identidade cultural? Associamos muitas de nossas receitas favoritas a sentimentos e memórias.  Cozinhar e comer juntos nutre tanto o corpo quanto o espírito e é uma expressão tangível da maneira como cuidamos das pessoas que amamos. As receitas tradicionais são cuidadosamente transmitidas de geração em geração e também podem ser uma expressão de identidade cultural. Compartilhar essas receitas com outras pessoas pode ser uma fonte de orgulho e uma maneira simples de celebrar a herança cultural de alguém com outras pessoas.

Convidamos você a celebrar a cultura por meio da comida e a compartilhar conosco uma de suas receitas favoritas de família. Gostaríamos de compilar todas as receitas em um eBooklet para download em  my.friendshipforce.org para toda a comunidade FF.

Trivia Quiz

Monday, July 12, 2021, 8:30 p.m. CEST

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Host: Kerstin Hogan, FFI 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.

FFI BOOK CLUB:

“A Gentleman in Moscow”

by Amor Towles

Monday, July 19, 2021, 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Hosts: Hemily Nogueira & Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

You voted! The first book we are reading together is “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Please go to your favorite book store or borrow this historical novel from the library around the corner and start reading now.

Here are some press reviews to increase your appetite: 

“WINNING . . . GORGEOUS . . . SATISFYING . . . TOWLES IS A CRAFTSMAN” ― New York Times Book Review

“The novel buzzes with the energy of numerous adventures, love affairs, twists of fate and silly antics.” —The Wall Street Journal

Find out more here.

We look forward to sharing thoughts and impressions with fellow FFI members in our first FFI Book Club meeting on July 19.

Friendship Force Virtual Experience Recordings:

Click on the images or titles below to view recordings of these past Friendship Force Virtual Experiences!

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.

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. 

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!

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.

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.

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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