friendship force

New Zealand

South Taranaki

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ようこそ!,  Herzlich Willkommen!, Bem-vindo! 

Welcome to the website of the Friendship Force of South Taranaki. We hope that this site will both answer some questions for you, and whet your appetite to find out more.  Search through the pages, follow the links that seem enticing, and check out our albums of photos showing some of our experiences.

If you are a Club member you will find lots of information on this site about Club activities, upcoming exchanges and other items of interest. If you are a visitor to this site then you will find information about what the Friendship Force is all about and whether it is for you.

Who are we? 

We are a group of local people who share a common interest in meeting and sharing cultural experiences with people from around the globe.  We also enjoy sharing our experiences with others in our group.  Friendship Force enables us to confidently travel (as ambassadors) to places all around the world, including where language may be a problem, or where there may be some safety and security concerns in that country.

It also enables us to host guests from other places who want to meet us and get acquainted with our life and region.  New members are welcome - come and join our group!  If you have more specific questions, please contact us through the Contact page of our website.

What is the Friendship Force?

The Friendship Force is an international, non-political, non-sectarian and non-profit organisation. The sole aim of the Friendship Force is to foster peace and understanding throughout the world by means of personal contacts and shared experiences achieved through a programme of home hosting. The Friendship Force was founded in the USA in 1977 by Wayne Smith under the auspices of President Jimmy Carter and is coordinated from the international headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. There are over 350 clubs in 58 countries throughout the world. The Friendship Force is not a travel club although the core activity is travelling in groups, to stay with like-minded people in other countries (a cultural exchange). The first priority is to develop friendships and through this to generate understanding across cultural boundaries.

Formed in July 1986, the South Taranaki Friendship Force is one of several clubs located in the lower half of the North island. Our club is centered in Hawera, a town with a population of approximately 10,000; members live with in a radius of 25 km. We like to welcome two or three inward journeys each year and try to have one outward journey. Our members may also join other clubs' journeys. We have approximately 54 members (many retired and semi-retired).

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The Friendship Force of South Taranaki

  • Official Name: The Friendship Force of South Taranaki Inc.
  • Club Membership: 54
  • Number of Ambassadors our club can host: Up to 20
  • Membership Subscriptions: $30 per person
  • Closest major airport: New Plymouth
  • Transport to South Taranaki: Air New Zealand ( operates frequent flights in and out of our nearest airport of New Plymouth. A bus can be arranged for the hour travel to Hawera. Bus services from other centres pass through our town. Our local bus company can arrange to pick up and bring Ambassadors to Hawera. This can be either direct or over several days so that Ambassadors can further experience and have a scenic view of our beautiful country.



As a member of the Friendship Force I recognise that I can make a difference.
I recognise that I have a mission.
That mission is to be a friend to the people of the world.
As I embark on this adventure I know that others will be watching me.
I know that through my example to my fellow citizens and people of other countries,
the cause of peace and friendship can be furthered.
I can make a difference.