Friendship Force of Wisconsin-Madison is part of Friendship Force International which has more than clubs, with over 16, members in more than 60 countries worldwide.
Our Mission is to promote global understanding across the barriers that separate people. We do this by connecting to people from other countries and cultures at a personal level. Our members travel the world with a sense of adventure. Through this, we begin to understand the world and thus ourselves.
We promote peace through friendship.
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Seek Friendship — Enjoy Diversity! Local Events We gather each month on the 6th of the month for an activity.
In addition, we have active outdoor groups, a book club, an annual business meeting, an annual picnic, regular service activities, opportunities to dine together and monthly cultural programing. Inbound Journey We host ambassadors from other countries or areas of the U. We arrange parties and tours for our guests, and many of our local members participate in the events. Volunteer home hosts provide a place to stay for the guests.
We also have dinners or pot lucks that are arranged for small groups so that more members can participate. We travel as a group and are hosted by a local club of Friendship Force International. There are occasionally optional tours or opportunities for ambassadors to travel as a group before or after a journey.
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View our recent videos. Meet people, in on the fun. Eat in the local restaurants with locals, who might happen to be your hosts. Stay with them in their homes, not in mindless Hotels.
Remember that they are as interested in you as you are in them. Visit many new countries, cultures, and places that most people dream of going to.
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Or stay closer to home and visit the wonders of our great United States! We get together for many types of events. Share your travels, your stories with us. We are just like you in so many ways….
1. snow tubing at cascade
Our parent organization: Friendship Force International. One of the speakers for our past Hmong cultural program, Xue Vang, sent us an essay written by her daughter after visiting Laos in She was already born in the US, so she looks at the past and the present from a different angle than her parents do.
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Hmong American. What does it mean to be Hmong American? That was the big question I kept reflecting on and struggled with as I went to Laos for a week, with my brother, during my winter vacation. This trip was definitely eye-opening for me. Where they grew up. Where they escaped.
Where my people lived and still do. As a Social Studies teacher, the essential questions I posed to my students kept replaying in my mind: Why are names important? Why is culture important?
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When is war justified? And, how much power should the government have? Two English words put together. Americanized to help Americans be able to pronounce Maivzoo. Yet, so many people still struggled with it.
Growing up, I wished I was born white. Wished to be have the same things as my white peers. That I was simply just an American. However, since college, I started to embrace my Hmong culture and my identity.
2. merrill sled dog race
Embarrassed at how late it took me to feel pride in my own culture and identity. Embarrassed at the lack of representation we have in US history. This trip opened my eyes to how ignorant I was about the struggles and travesty people faced during the Vietnam War and the aftermath.
To see how far my parents had to travel, on foot, to escape. You must be logged in to post a comment. Second Harvest Food Bank Find out more ». Friendship Force Board Meeting Find out more ».
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