Travel as a visitor, not as a traditional tourist. Make friends around the world. Learn about other cultures first-hand. How can you do these things? Come to our events and meet members of the Friendship Force of the National Capital Area (Washington, DC area) and hear our stories of our adventures. As part of our club, you can meet people of other countries and cultures by staying in their homes while visiting their country, by hosting them in your home, or by simply meeting them at events we hold during their visit. We share meals, conversation and the routines of daily life, creating a unique cultural encounter and lasting friendships. When we visit or host another club, the club organizes a program of activities to introduce the visitors to the local area (for us, this can include visits to museums, the Capitol, nearby cities such as Annapolis, and more). Our Friendship Force club is affiliated with Friendship Force International, which was founded in 1977 with the mission "to promote global understanding across the barriers that separate people." There are 375 clubs in 60 countries on six continents. Most of our members live in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia. We hold events throughout the metropolitan area, such as dinners or brunches in restaurants, pot-luck meals at various locations, a swim party/picnic, and more.