Welcome to Friendship Force of Knoxville

Welcome to Friendship Force of Knoxville

Welcome to Friendship Force of KnoxvilleWelcome to Friendship Force of KnoxvilleWelcome to Friendship Force of Knoxville

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

 In January we had a very interesting and educational presentation by Janis and Bruce Robinson about their journeys to Spain.  We also welcomed several new members and the return of a past member Pat Jobe.  Please reach out and welcome

new members. 

I share the words of one new member as she speaks beautifully about why she joined Friendship Force Knoxville.   

I joined Knoxville's Friendship Force to fulfill my passion for knowledge and understanding of our wonderfully diverse world alongside others with similar dreams. While I'm expanding my horizons by teaching English to UT international students and immigrants at the Center for English in the inner city, I look forward to engaging with more people from other countries through the local FF chapter and by someday visiting FF club members in other nations. Traveling as a tourist can be fun and educational, but living with local residents (even for a short time) offers a rare perspective of another nation and culture. And it has the potential to transcend a more ordinary travel experience.  When I contemplate travel, I often think of Mark Twain’s popular words: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  Twain’s words were never truer than they are today.  

                           Dee Pierce 

FFK is preparing to host ambassadors from Des Moines in April, and Open World Delegates from Uzbekistan in June.  Outgoing journeys to Napa-Sonoma and Australia will be this fall.  Each of these provides opportunities for us to learn and share the lives of others.   

Friendship Force Knoxville is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in May,  2021.This is a wonderful thing to celebrate. Anyone who is interested in helping to plan the anniversary celebration is welcome and needed. Please contact any member of the board if you are able to help

                      Kaye Bultemeier