Due to Increased Demand for FAF's Services
Groups, Ensembles, and Individuals can take
advantage of low cost, exciting travel projects in 2009
ˇ Concert exchanges and performance tours,
ˇ Training workshops,
ˇ Service projects, and
ˇ Large international gatherings far away or close to
Before the summer break: share this
individuals planning to travel in Summer 2009
start your post-recession discussions
now for group and individual
travel in 2010!
|Great Inexpensive Concert Tours to New York City
Still Available in 2009
FAF just completed two wonderful trips to New
City, and with the economy the way it is, we
are seeing even lower prices for group tours
as we head into the main summer season.
Did you cancel your big trip abroad? Looking
simple, quick alternative that will provide
impact and a
great artistic and educational experience for
ensemble in 2009? Looking for a cost efficient
opportunity for your cultural or volunteer
FAF has some wonderful opportunities in New
2009 that should not be missed.
Ellen J. Bowen,
Activities, Grosse Pointe South High
School ˇ March
"The Grosse Pointe South choir's trip to
organized and very exciting. We so enjoyed
and the opportunity to sing for the UN
school ... (T)he workshop with Gavin Creel -
watching him in Hair - was an experience our
students will never forget. I have traveled
since 1976 and each trip has been a new and
experience. By the way, our rooms ... were
We were only a half of a block off Times
Square and I
could lie in my bed and watch Time's square
from red, to blue, to green. What memories
we will all
have. Thank you."
Michelle Jo Santoso,
Huntington Middle School Orchestra tour
companion ˇ April 2009
"Thank you for all
the wonderful work and
organization during our stay in New York. We
all had a great time and the most precious,
once in a lifetime event was when our kids
were performing. It was a great experience.
Everything was very well organized and
precisely on time. Yin-Chu was wonderful.
Wishing you all the best in everything you
do, and hope there is chance to work with you
Early Summer 2009: Replicate these great
experiences at a
price you can all afford.
Late Summer 2009: Visit New York and
an appearance at the
Youth Assembly at the United Nations.
ˇ Performance Ensembles: perform
inside UN Headquarters (not in the lobby or
ˇ Young Diplomats and Faculty:
the Youth Assembly at the United Nations this August
for a very special cultural exchange right here in the
below for more).
This is a once in a lifetime
none of you will want to miss.
Performance Ensembles: A Week in NYC at a
Glance, FAF Style!
Day 1- Upon arrival in New York City, an FAF
representative will be there to welcome you.
Board your private motor coach for your
your accommodations in midtown Manhattan. After
settling in and depending on arrival times, enjoy a
welcome dinner at a
nearby restaurant or a
short FAF orientation before turning in for
Day 2- Board your private motor coach this
the Empire State Building; tour
the Observatory Tower. After getting to know New
York from above, take some free time to discover 5th
the Grand Central Station area. Your motor
take you to your first indoor performance and
together at a restaurant nearby, arranged by FAF.
Day 3 - Enjoy breakfast then join FAF staff and
explore the famous
Metropolitan Museum of Art (entrance
of the world's finest museums. Have lunch in the
museum's cafeteria. Enjoy some free time in the
afternoon for shopping or individual
sightseeing. Tonight: special exchange opportunities
will be tailored for each group.
Day 4- After breakfast,
Rockefeller Center and the famous Central
the Central Park Zoo, Conservatory Garden,
Carousel and Carriage Rides, or do some row
boating on the Lake. In the afternoon, board your
motor coach for your transfer to Greenwich,
Connecticut. Meet the members of the Youth
Band for United Nations and have an indoor
joint concert at the Greenwich High School.
Reception and dinner arranged after the
Day 5 - Depart to Downtown and take a cruise
Statue of Liberty. Upon
prepare for your first outdoor concert at the
Liberty Flagpole area. After a fun, al fresco
performance, take time on your own to explore
the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Upon your return to Manhattan, visit Ground
Zero. Explore Chinatown and Little Italy. Tonight:
special exchange opportunities will be tailored for
Day 6 - In the early afternoon, meet for
lunch at the
hotel and then transfer to United Nations
headquarters in New York City for a visit and
concert. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of
peacemaking institution. Visit the gift shop
souvenirs. Mail them with special stamps
only from the UN! In the early evening,
international performers for the annual U.C.
Arts Festival inside the United Nations. This
is also an
award ceremony for UN officials involved with
Day 7 - After breakfast, enjoy a 2-hour,
cruise around Manhattan, which will be a
experience and allow you to get to know some
history of Manhattan, New Jersey and
Brooklyn. In the
afternoon, enjoy some free time at Times
Square. After an early dinner at Times
Square, enjoy an
included, evening performance on Broadway
And: all at a very inviting price that is
the fullest extent of the law through FAF.
impact at a fraction of the cost of high
tour operators (Actually, even tour operators
these days to increase the impact of their tours and
overall. With no profit motive whatsoever,
the foundation is happy to oblige.)
Individuals: Join a tour! Learn more
about opportunities where you can join in.
Do you have a
member in your ensemble or group that REALLY
wants to travel in 2009? See below for info
on a service trip to Jordan this summer. And
invite individuals to look online and learn
|Individuals Need To Know: Pass the Word Along
2009 Service Tour Of Note: The International
Relief Friendship Foundation is planning a major
tour to Jordan in Summer 2009. Go on to the FAF
website for all the details.
This is a perfect opportunity to visit a
friendly country in
the Middle East, contribute to development
where it is
sorely needed and help a nonprofit
organization fill its
quota so that all the work can actually get
The work is supported in part by Queen Rania's
Jordan River Foundation and will include fun,
educational, and exchange opportunities
after the actual project work.
Do you know a student who is interested in
Please let them know about this important travel
opportunity. It will be great for Jordan
and great for
their high school or college resume, too!
High school and college level youth leaders, and
those interested in cultural diplomacy
international scale, will not want to miss the
Assembly at the United Nations in August.
See below for
(For the First Time Ever: Younger High School
students will want to visit www.superfutures.org for a
chance to join in on the Youth Assembly at the United
Women and men will want to learn more about the
conference: "Women, Water, and Food
place in Calcutta, India, with a side trip to Nepal,
Interested parties can sign up right on
website. All are invited to attend and ensure that their
voices will be heard!
So, if you haven't seen the FAF site in awhile,
take a visit. Whether or not you are planning
any group travel in the near future, are
deciding on a programme to join yourself or
for one of your students, or perhaps
considering joining nearly 1000 young people
and their mentors every year at FAF's very
successful UN Youth
Assembly in New York.
|The Global Consortium
For years, Friendship Ambassadors
Foundation has been promoting a cultural
view of global diplomacy, the
foundation hopes to help create a world
where we all
appreciate each other's culture with mutual
With this in mind, FAF has created a new, free,
online service, unveiled in March, called
The Global Consortium. It will promote
encouraging all pre-formed, mission-based
groups, of all kinds, to list their names,
location, dates, regions,and proposed
outcomes at the online intranet address we
have provided at: www.faf.org.
The purpose of the Consortium will be to
encourage collaboration in programming, fund
and media development at a time when
voices are better than fewer, while also
enabling the US State Department to
recognize the vast importance of these
cultural and service based tours, and for the
media themselves to know more about the
depth and breadth of these projects around
We hope you will decide
to sign on, no matter how or whom you are
traveling with, soon. Good Travels!
|Annual UN Youth Assembly Attracts Cultural Diplomats
In keeping with the FAF mission to ensure
in the process of global development,
the foundation created and directs the annual
Assembly at the United Nations each August,
Headquarters in New York City. This year,
the events (free after registration) will
take place August 5 - 7, 2009 at the UN. The
gathering will feature well known speakers,
workshops and a large arts festival called
the (United Cultures) U.C. Peace Arts
This summer the Youth Assembly will seek to have
concerts in the Japanese Peace Bell garden
the UN campus: a rare and unique performance
opportunity that will gather large and
crowds. (Concerts in the garden will be
Hiroshima Day, 6 August 2009.)
The 6th annual Youth Assembly at the United
Nations is a partnership with the UN
Public Information and others. It is endorsed
by dozens of Permanent Missions to the UN.
The YA, as it is called by the thousands of
young people, arts ensembles, and leadership
attend, is a place to unite those seeking a
peaceful and more equitable world for all -
while also allowing
those involved in policy and volunteer
service to interact with those who see the
arts and cultural exchange as an essential
part of that dialogue going forward.
Individuals, arts ensembles, faculty and
students alike are encouraged to sign up
while there are still
Delegate and Observer places available.
the blog, past assemblies, and log onto to
our registration page soon.
We already have over 450 registrants and we look
seeing YOU there in 2009, too!
FAF - Contact
299 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, Connecticut USA
43-45 Margit Krt.
1024 Budapest, Hungary
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. is a
501c3 not-for-profit, tax-exempt
organization, with international
affiliations, including the United Nations
Department of Public Information, UNESCO, ACDA,
Greenwich Arts Council, and other
associations with academic, cultural, and
diplomatic institutions worldwide. (FAF's
U.S. Headquarters, in Greenwich, CT, is
The goals of the foundation include the
creation and facilitation of cultural
exchange programmes that encourage mutual
understanding and global cooperation, the
promotion of youth leadership events, and
support for sustainable development through
cultural tourism in emerging regions worldwide.
"I appreciate your time and effort, am
grateful for your support and am quite
overwhelmed with pride to read the amount of
effort you have made on behalf of our trip.
You have a true concept of what diplomacy
involves and effect it repeatedly."
- John McIntyre, Tour Coordinator, Greenwich
Choral Society, June 2008 (Part of FAF's
Sister City Project between Greenwich. CT and
"The Movement Laboratory Youth Ensembles'
'Goodwill thru Dance Program' has traveled
with FAF for over 20 years ... Thanks FAF for
We will continue to create illuminate and
- Judy Williams Henry, Founder, Artistic Director
"If you saw the impact you have on youth
at heart), you would have to shade your eyes
from the brightness of hope."
- Paulette Schatz, Project Manager, United
Nations Development Programme,
"We are truly appreciative of the time you
involve the world's youth in the process of
global development. "
- Astrid Hurley, U.N. Programme on Youth
"It was a wonderful, wonderful trip. We're
safe & sound now with glorious echoes &
our heads & hearts. Thank you for your
patience & persistence & attention to detail
all the way along the line to liftoff , And
all went well in country too - The drivers
were excellent & the students were speechless
& happy. So, yes, I've appreciated how solid
& consistent & thoughtful you've been, &
flexible, & imaginative! All the best. You
certainly ARE the best!
Many, many thanks."
- Devon McNamara, (Leader, West Virginia
Wesleyan), 6/06 ... By the way, WVWC repeated
successful programme in 2008 and will travel
on a new cultural exchange with a full class,
Budapest, Prague, Bratislava, and Vienna in
"On the wonderful work that Friendship
is accomplishing, I commend you for your
leadership in promoting cultural exchange
between people both
young and old around the world. Hillary joins
sending her best wishes."
- Former President Bill Clinton
"I commend FAF's efforts to work with
young people to
help them find possible means and ways to
peace and reconciliation. I would also wish
to stress the importance of generous support
for this project."
- President Martti Ahtisaari, (former)
President of Finland, 2008 Nobel Peace Prize
"God love you for the love you give
through the joy you
spread." - Mother Teresa
"What you are doing couldn't be closer to
my heart. I urge you to keep opening new
doors of friendship wherever you travel and
- Leonard Bernstein
"I know of few projects today that succeed
helping our young musicians do what they do best:
sharing the magic & glory of music with their
people & their zest for new adventures."
- Alice Tully
"We strongly support FAF's mission to create
international cultural opportunities . . .
please, do your best to help them in their
- András Török, author, former Secretary of
State for Culture, Hungary
"First of all, let me tell you that the
tour was Wonderful!
We couldn't have asked for better more receptive
audiences. Secondly . Secondly, whatever you
keep [FAF Artistic Director] Yin-Chu Jou. I
have asked for a more gracious, "johnny on
the spot," kind, loving, helpful person to
travel with! And I know very well that it
takes a team to make something like this come
to fruition. So THANK YOU ALL, FAF!"
- Kim Clayton, Founder and Director Clayton
Productions August 2008
Find out more....
"The Alliance Francaise of Greenwich would
thank you and your Artistic Director Yin-Chu
your efforts in including [us] in the
Society trip to France honoring the
Sister City 2008 initiative... The trip was
seamless, due in no small part to your
advance planning ... We thank you and your
team for making this historic trip so
- Renee Ketcham, President, Alliance
Francaise of Greenwich, July 2008
"Thanks again for everything you did for
our experience, Yin-Chu. It was certainly a
operation, and you were friendly, charming,
professional, and organized."
- Dr Christopher J . Nicholas, Coe College
Bands Soloist; Associate Director of Bands
The University of
Wyoming Department of Music; August 2008