Connecting with other cultures

A group that helps people from different countries connect through a home hospitality exchange program is trying to establish a new chapter in Kelowna.

A group that helps people from different countries connect through a home hospitality exchange program is trying to establish a new chapter in Kelowna.

“Usually the ‘hosts’ take the ‘ambassadors’ to places other than seen by regular tourists; you get a deeper understanding of the country you are visiting,” explained Daniela Nash, who is spearheading the effort to establish a Friendship Force International chapter in Kelowna.

“We travel together, enjoy different cultures, help people in other countries; we support financially and have done physical work for many schools and orphanages in South America and other countries.”

The FFI has chapters in more than 60 countries, with 20 in Canada, the closest to Kelowna being in Penticton.  The organization was also recognized for its achievements in 1992 when it was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

“It is not easy for us in Kelowna to drive to Penticton for our meetings. This is the reason I would like to form an FFI chapter in Kelowna,” Nash said.

The Friendship Force International’s roots date back nearly 30 years ago when former U.S. president Jimmy Carter was trying to improve things he perceived as wrong with the world.

Together with his wife Rosalyn, Carter found others to help support his effort to form FFI, his idea being that ordinary citizens could travel to other countries and share their knowledge, ideas, perceptions with others, and in turn help break down some of the cultural barriers that divide the global community.

For more information on how to join the Kelowna chapter of FFI, contact Daniela Nash at 250-498-1820 or 250-763-0565.

 

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