Rick Steves Recommends Friendship Force

Rick Steves Recommends Friendship Force

Travel expert and author, Rick Steves

Well-known American travel author and expert, Rick Steves, wrote a blog post on March 15 listing organizations he recommends that provide educational tours and experiences to travelers – and Friendship Force made his short list!

As Rick writes,

After taking several trips with organizations offering “educational” or “reality” tours, I’ve learned that getting the most out of a trip to a complicated corner of our world is easier with a guide and in the care of an organization that’s well-connected locally…The new edition of my Travel as a Political Act book will contain a list of organizations offering educational tour experiences to the broader traveling public. Please check out my list and let me know if you have any experience with these groups, or if there are others you’d recommend. Thank you!

According to his post, we will be listed along with other organizations promoting educational, locally-based travel experiences in the upcoming second edition to his popular Travel As a Political Act book, set to be published in early 2018. Rick captured the heart of our organization and mission, describing us as follows:

Friendship Force International, a nonprofit organization, focuses on person-to-person exchanges, with locals welcoming travelers into their homes and introducing their visitors to their cultures. In each destination, a “Friendship Force” club led by volunteers offers homestays and social activities, giving visitors the chance to get intimately acquainted with their hosts. Each one- to three-week program includes cultural experiences, such as learning to make traditional lavash bread in Armenia, visiting historic Brazilian fishing villages, or tobogganing on sand hills in Australia’s Hunter Valley.

Be sure to view Rick’s blog post on the topic as well to share your experiences with Friendship Force! Also check out a photo from Rick’s 2015 visit to Atlanta, Georgia’s local PBS station, where FFI Director of Marketing and Communications, Kaitlyn Ranney, chatted with him about Friendship Force!

Rick Steves talks with FFI Director of Marketing and Communications, Kaitlyn Ranney, in 2015

 

 

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018
By: Kaitlyn Ranney

Friendship Force Listed in Latest Edition of Travel Author and Host Rick Steves’ Book

Rick Steves, a well-known American travel author and expert, has included Friendship Force International in his third edition of his book Travel as a Political Act alongside other educational travel organizations.

As Rick writes,

I’ve taken several wonderful trips with organizations that offer ‘educational’ or ‘reality’ tours… It’s clear to me that if you want to get the most out of visiting a complicated corner of our world, your best bet is to go with an organization that has a network of people on the ground who can provide an insider’s understanding.

Following his blog post on the topic last year, Rick’s new book debuted in February with a section called “Take an Educational Tour,” where Friendship Force is detailed:

A nonprofit organization, FF focuses on person-to-person exchange, with locals welcoming travelers into their homes. Each one- to three-week program includes cultural experiences, such as learning to make traditional lavash bread in Armenia, visiting historic Brazilian fishing villages, or tobogganing on sand hill in Australia’s Hunter Valley.