Overview

Friendship Force festivals bring together a large group of participants from all around the world so that they can exchange their culture, not through a traditional homestay, but rather through a shared experience. On this Journey, our global guests will come together to experience an authentic, 17,000 acre dude ranch and all of its traditions.

Home Hospitality

There is no traditional homestay on this Journey, but all events will take place in a themed festival atmosphere with other ambassadors.

Live With a Local

  • We'll have a private welcome party with dinner, icebreakers to get to know one another, and a sing-along in our different languages.
  • Participate in Friendship Force's personalized team-building scavenger hunt that helps build that spirit of cooperation and trust: language is no barrier (using only a map and clues) and each team will work through a list of challenges traveling on their golf cart from clue to clue.
  • Cozy up around a campfire with our cocoa and s'mores, sharing tales and legends from our homelands, and when we hit the dance floor in the saloon, it's our feet that will tell the stories!

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Enjoy the ranch's natural beauty and facilities.
  • Unwind at the ranch and enjoy quiet time with your Friendship Force friends on gentle forest walks or at the poolside. Or perhaps you can't wait to get on the zip line or on horseback!
The American south-west may be widely known as cattle country, but when it comes to cowboys, Florida got there first. Westgate River Ranch continues the tradition, which began in the 1700s. With 400,000 acres of protected wetland surrounding the ranch, the sense of ‘wilderness’ is thoroughly convincing. River Ranch’s cowboys are the real deal, showcasing bull riding, barrel racing and trick riding skills at the Westgate Saturday Rodeo. Guided trail rides into the cypress canopy and scrublands evoke range-rider days, and the ‘Downtown Village’ offers shopping and services in rustic old-west style. - "The Telegraph"

Ranch and Rodeo Friendship Festival

6 Days / 5 Nights Program and Itinerary:

March 6, 2018 – March 11, 2018
Coordinator: Debbie Powell
debbie@friendshipforce.org

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Monday, March 5

Optional overnight at an Orlando airport hotel available, with coach transfer to Westgate River Ranch the following day (additional charges apply.)

Those arriving into Florida on their own and wishing to rent a car may fly into Orlando or Tampa.

Tuesday, March 6 - ARRIVAL DAY

Ambassadors arrive from around the world and check in at the ranch.

Welcome program and dinner party with three-course dinner and icebreakers.

Wednesday, March 7

Breakfast.

“The Amazing Race” activity customized for Friendship Force: small teams use a map, a golf cart, and a series of clues to move around the 1700 acre property working together and completing fun challenges!

Free afternoon to enjoy the ranch’s natural beauty and facilities.

Thursday, March 8

Breakfast.

Select from a range of activities such as horseback riding, trap shooting, archery, airboat tour, swamp buggy, fishing, golf, ziplining (you’ll receive £80 credit from FFI to spend on your favorite activities.)

Friendship Campfire: huddled around our campfire we’ll share stories and songs from back home, toast our marshmallows and s’mores, and enjoy the warmth of hot cocoa and friendship.

Friday, March 9

Breakfast.

Select from a range of activities such as horseback riding, trap shooting, archery, airboat tour, swamp buggy, fishing, golf, ziplining (you’ll receive $80 credit from FFI to spend on your favorite activities.)

After dinner join us for a traditional country and western line dancing class.

Saturday, March 10

Breakfast.

Select from a range of activities such as horseback riding, trap shooting, archery, airboat tour, swamp buggy, fishing, golf, ziplining (you’ll receive $80 credit from FFI to spend on your favorite activities.)

Hayride with singing cowboy, dinner, and the award-winning rodeo.

Sunday, March 11 - DEPARTURE DAY

Breakfast and check out.

Optional return coach transfer to Orlando Airport (additional charge applies.)

Rate:

$900 USD

Price Includes: FFI fees; five nights accommodation in a Lodge Guest Room with breakfast, on a shared basis; a welcome party with three-course dinner; "The Amazing Race" FF group scavenger hunt; $80 credit towards ranch activities of your choice such as horseback riding, airboat ride, archery, fishing, hiking, golf, trap and skeet, climbing); "Tales Around the Campfire" night with s'mores and hot chocolate; a line dancing class; a dinner hayride with singing cowboy; a rodeo in a 1200-seat arena followed by dancing at the saloon.

Availability:

80Spaces Remaining

Moderately Challenging

Know before you go

  • The weather in River Ranch in early March is generally warm and dry at a pleasant 60-76 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. A warm sweater or jacket will be needed in the evenings. A recommended packing list will be provided in January to festival participants.
  • You will need to fly into Orlando or Tampa.
  • You might want to unwind at the ranch and enjoy a quiet time with your Friendship Force friends on gentle forest walks or at the poolside. Or maybe you can't wait to get on the zipline or on horseback. Whatever your preference, there's something for everyone at the ranch. The key is just to enjoy your time and your friends from around the world in this unique and fascinating location.
  • You can apply here.
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Our Mission

Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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