Friendship Force International (FFI) is a worldwide network of clubs (local chapters) and individuals that advance the mission of promoting global understanding across the barriers that separate people. FFI does this by connecting people from different countries at the personal level. When local hosts open their homes to visitors from other countries and cultures, true understanding can develop through the sharing of meals, conversation and the routines of daily life. Since its founding in 1977 FFI has brought together millions of people. In 2007 alone, 5,767 friendship ambassadors traveled between 58 countries, with thousands more serving as hosts (Atlanta, GA).