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
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!
For More Information About Friendship Force International, please visit their website at https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/
The month of September and the beginning of October provided Noel and me with a much appreciated break as we worked at Yellowstone National Park as Helping Hands. It was a true mental health experience with daily exposure to astounding beauty, and an almost total black out of social media and news. We are renewed in our appreciation of the beauty and diversity of the United States. The chronicity of the pandemic has had a toll on the hearts and minds of people from all over the world. We were able to live the essence of the mission of Friendship Force as we interacted with people from all over the United States and the world. The joy was palpable as we experienced the park and interacted (wearing masks) with people from many states and countries. Noel and I completed the “100 mile” hiking challenge during our time at Yellowstone and earned our t-shirts for the effort. This increased the overall wonder of the trip and hopefully will sustain us for the coming months.
Special thanks to Jayne Raparelli and the board for continuing the work of FFK during our travel. I wish each of you a renewed appreciation and wonder of the world. Friendship Force exists so we can experience life and cultures beyond our own and renew our joy and hope.
Blessings to each of you.