About FFNCA

What is the Friendship Force of the National Capital Area (FFNCA)?

  • FFNCA was founded in 1980
  • Claire Gesalman is the current president of FFNCA
  • We are a chapter of Friendship Force International (FFI), an organization dedicated to increasing understanding among the people of various countries
  • Friendship Force mission: To promote global understanding across the barriers that separate people

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What does FFNCA do?

  • Many club activities are based around incoming and outbound trips or “exchanges”
  • We also organize events for members and people interested in learning about Friendship Force, such as a picnic, informational meetings, meals at ethnic restaurants, visits to museums, and more.
We had a beautiful day for our picnic in May 2014.

We had a beautiful day for our picnic in May 2014.

Hosting Inbound Exchanges

  • For incoming exchanges, a group of 20-25 will come to the Washington area, in some cases having already visited another city in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Our members host one or more of the members of the group
  • Hosting involves providing “room and board” for the guest(s)
  • Guests are treated like visiting friends.
  • Hosts also provide or assist in arranging transportation to meeting places for group activities (e.g., a tour of Old Town Alexandria).
  • If hosts cannot accompany their guest(s) during the day, other members can serve as “day hosts”
  • Hosts may have a day during which they are expected to arrange activities for their guest(s), e.g., a trip to some outlying area, or a shopping trip
  • We also get together with Friendship Force groups that are traveling through our area, including accompanying them on visits to local attractions or hosting a dinner to get to know them.
North Auckland Club passing through Washington is treated by FFNCA to a private tour of the Kennedy Center.

North Auckland Club passing through Washington is treated by FFNCA to a private tour of the Kennedy Center.

Traveling on Outbound Exchanges

  • For outbound exchanges, we apply to FFI for the countries we would like to visit.
  • Once a city is offered, we work with that city to arrange dates.
  • We organize a group (20-25 members) from our club or other clubs interested in joining our exchange.
  • We stay in homes in the host city.
  • We participate in sightseeing and other activities arranged by the host club, similar to what we would do for an inbound exchange.
  • Some exchanges include two weeks of home hosting, plus optional extensions for additional travel in the host country (at additional cost)

Other Activities

  • Other travel opportunities include Friendship Force Festivals and Conferences, and exchanges arranged by other chapters.
  • FFNCA also has social and informational activities for members throughout the year (see the calendar page).
For this World Friendship Day event, we had a Mardi Gras theme.

For this World Friendship Day event, we had a Mardi Gras theme.

More Information about FFNCA

Bylaws and Procedures