Experience Different Views-----Discover Common Ground

Welcome to the Friendship Force of Greater Des Moines

The Friendship Force of Greater Des Moines was founded in 1977, shortly after Friendship Force International was formed by Wayne Smith and President Jimmy Carter. We are one of more than 350 clubs around the world that promote world peace through homestay journeys, creating unforgettable experiences that build lasting bonds of friendship.

Ambassadors stay in hosts' homes and take part in family and community life. Hosts and Ambassadors may not speak the same language, nor share similar backgrounds, yet the power of friendship overcomes the differences.

The club hosts at least one activity a month. Some activities are related to a journey such as a Welcome Party for the ambassadors while others may be cultural programs or social activities.

Membership is $30 per person annually. Members are expected to become active participants in the club.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about us and then join our adventures as we make friends all around the world.

Our Journeys

See where we've been & where we're going!

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Activities & Events

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Become a Member

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Mick McAuliffe
“Animals of Australia”

Mick is Animal Services Manager at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and formerly with the RSCPA in Queensland, Australia.

Grace Saelee
Grace, a student from Thailand, will briefly speak about her country.

Sunday, April 15
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Luther Memorial Church
1201 Grandview Ave, Des Moines

Please bring a potluck dish to share.
The potluck will precede the speakers.

If attending, RSVP by Thursday, April 12 to Janette at [email protected] or (515) 537-1252

2018 Membership Application 
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