Our Origins

Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter helped develop Friendship Force in 1977 with its mission of promoting global understanding across the barriers that separate people. The concept was widely embraced and in 1992 Friendship Force was Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Today, there are over 350 chapters in 56 countries on six continents. Our chapter - Friendship Force Florida Suncoast – was founded in 1988.

Programs, Ethnic Luncheons, Socials, Special Activities & Events

We are a very active chapter with 100+ members. We generally host at least one week-long exchange of international visitors each year which involves a lot of planning and hosting events and experiences for them. Throughout the year, we usually meet monthly to learn about places that others have visited or to learn about a culture or tradition that is new to us. We dine at ethnic restaurants to learn more about other tastes and foods. We celebrate International Friendship Day with a potluck dinner and we enjoy our annual picnic, holiday party and numerous socials, special events and exchange activities through the year. We are members and volunteers for the annual St. Petersburg International Folk Festival and we produce a monthly newsletter with calendar of events.

Usually we have a program meeting at St. Petersburg College/Clearwater Campus one month and then we meet at a restaurant the next month. Our summer schedule has socials but no formal meetings.

Our Mission

To promote global understanding across the barriers that separate people


Our Values

Mutual Respect • Cultural Diversity • Cultural Exploration • Service


Our Vision

  • Each individual will make a contribution to global goodwill.
  • The Friendship Force worldwide network of clubs and individuals will overcome

differences among people and nations.

  • By connecting the world, one friend at a time, we will create a world of friends

that becomes a world of peace.