Welcome to Friendship Force of Knoxville

New FFK Travel Webpage

Now that we are all being advised to "stay at home" here is a good opportunity to travel from the comfort of your favorite chair with online videos and photos from around the USA and the world!  A link to the new Travel page is available in the footer of each FFK webpage OR click here: Travel from Home


What is Friendship Force?

Friendship Force is a non-profit international organization that promotes cultural understanding through personal contact. The Friendship Force of Knoxville utilizes travel as a means to meet people from different cultures and places rather than emphasizing the place itself. By being a guest in other people's homes and by inviting them to be a guest in our homes, we believe we can break barriers that divide us.

Change the way you see the world!

  • Make friends around the world
  • Stay in homes of people around the world
  • Host in your home people from around the world
  • Foster International good will
  • Enhance cross-cultural understanding

For More Information About Friendship Force International, please visit their website at 

Note From the President


Dear Members,

I write hoping all of you are doing well during this time of social distancing.  It has been a time of isolation, fear, hope, and personal renewal.  The impact on the entire world is almost beyond comprehension and I suspect most of us are waiting to see what the new norm will look like.  I am reminded of the mission of Friendship Force which states:

"The Mission of Friendship Force International, Inc. is to promote world peace and understanding by creating an environment where individual friendships can be established across the barriers that separate people."

I reach out in friendship to each one of you and look forward to when we can meet again in person.  If any one of you are in need of a driver, food, a kind word, or encouragement please contact me.  All meetings and chances to "be with" another have disappeared. Please know that I thought of you and our wonderful organization but I too am trying hard to journey through this and determine how I am to be and care for myself and others.

"Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”
L.R. Knost

May we all emerge as the light and embody the goal of Friendship Force for each other and the world.

                      Kaye Bultemeier