About Our Club

Friendship Force of Metro Vancouver is a branch of Friendship Force International, an association which facilitates learning about other countries and cultures through homestays. Our club participates in non-profit and non-denominational cultural exchanges with clubs from many parts of the world as well as from within Canada. We hope this website will help you learn more about the Friendship Force and how it operates.

The Friendship Force Metro Vancouver Club was formed in 2005 by a group of retired teachers and their spouses. The Club received its charter on February 1, 2006 and has since expanded to include members who live in communities that include, Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Belcarra, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Langley, North or West Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, South Surrey/White Rock, Surrey, and Vancouver.

Where and When Do We Meet

We meet on a Saturday morning about every second month between September and May, with optional group lunch afterwards. Guests of members are very welcome to attend. Social events and exchange planning meetings are held between regular meetings. Social events may include a Christmas party, summer BBQ, card nights, theatre outings, etc. To learn more please view our Social Calendar

Mission

Our mission is to promote global understanding across the barriers that separate people. Each individual can make a contribution to global goodwill. The Friendship Force worldwide network of clubs and individuals seeks to overcome differences among people and nations.

Explore

We explore new countries and regions. We explore new cultures and new ways to connect across the barriers that separate us.

Understand

By sharing a home, meals, conversation and everyday experiences, people become friends, seeing beyond governments and borders into the heart of a country and its people. By combining home hospitality with cultural exploration, we reach a new level of understanding.

Serve

Exploration leads to understanding. Understanding leads to an acceptance of our common humanity and the desire to serve our global village—with words and actions.