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  • Title: Friendship Ambassadors Foundation
    Descriptive info: .. Sign in.. or.. Register.. FAF.. Just another WordPress site.. Skip to content.. Home.. About us Support.. History.. Program Archives.. Meet The Team.. FAF Events Management.. Board of Directors.. Endorsements.. Ways to Support.. Employment/Volunteer/Internship.. Opportunities.. Fiscal Agency.. Contact Us.. Youth Assembly at the United Nations.. Overview.. Assembly Program.. YA Registration.. Delegate Accomodation Plans.. Accommodation Plans Overview.. Deluxe Leadership Conference Experience.. Expanded Conference Experience.. Lite leadership Conference Experience.. Basic Conference Experience.. Testimonials.. Success Stories.. Youth Summits We Support.. Resources.. Fundraising Guide.. Media Coverage.. Media Clippings.. FAQs.. Transformative Cultural Exchanges.. Artistic Exchange.. Quote Request Form.. Destinations.. Familiarization Trips.. Asia.. Western Europe.. South America.. Africa.. Middle East.. Central Europe.. North America.. Australia.. 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Ambassadors sing for peace.. UN Ambassadors sing to promote peace.. Support Us.. How to help us reach our goal.. Announcements.. Youth Assembly at The United Nations.. We are proud to announce the 2014 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nation,.. Registration Now open.. !.. The Youth Assembly has grown to become a major gathering of young people at United Nations.. Many from around the world live, et, and enjoy special events with other YA delegate through.. Click to.. learn more.. We are thrilled announce the launch of the “Ambassadors Sing for Peace” CD.. The CD contains twelve familiar songs promoting world peace, hope, and togetherness for the troubled times that we all inhabit.. This is an important, diplomatic and artistic effort for all time.. [Read More].. What they say about FAF.. “We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Scandinavia and we all know that  ...   forward to using your services again in the future.. - Robert Folsom, Orchestra Director, Huntington Orchestra, 2009.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. Carribean.. What's New.. We are thrilled announce the launch of the.. “Ambassadors Sing for Peace” CD !.. Under the music direction of.. Emmy Award-winning composer.. , arranger and choral conductor Gary Fry, five (5) prominent.. Ambassadors to the United Nations.. step out of their usual.. roles and utilize the soft.. power of the arts to promote peace.. The 5 Singing Ambassadors featured on the CD include:.. H.. E.. Ambassador Guillermo E.. Rishchynski.. , Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN;.. Ambassador Antonio Pedro Monteiro.. Lima, Permanent Representative of Cape Verde to the UN;.. Ambassador Eduardo Ulibarri.. , Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN;.. Ambassador Marlene Moses.. , Permanent Representative of Nauru to the UN; and.. Ambassador Simona Miculescu.. , Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN.. We invite you to listen to.. one of the most beautiful songs on the CD.. ,.. Heal the World.. Stay in touch with us via.. Facebook.. and.. Twitter.. The 12th Youth Assembly at the United Nations.. will take place in August 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York.. The event is aimed at Youth Leaders and those who wish to become leaders, ages 16-24+.. Advanced Youth Leaders and Young Professionals engaged in UN or MDG studies, internships, fellowships, or early work stages, ages 18-26+, are most welcome to apply.. Registration commences on March 18, 2013.. To register,.. CLICK HERE.. FAF s.. Service Ambassadors in Ecuador.. began as a building project and has become a major, regional development opportunity.. We are inviting service organizations, volunteer clubs, universities with focus on rural development, especially agricultural, engineering, or public planning.. Individuals and groups may register.. here.. for more information.. Cultural exchange projects in 2014 include concert tours to Ireland, Scotland, Hawaii, South Africa, and many more.. Contact FAF staff at.. 1-800-526-2908.. friendlyam@faf.. org.. for information on your ensemble s next memorable concert tour.. Watch the Rhythms of One World Festival here:.. Read more and apply.. About us & Support.. Transformative Cultural Exchanges.. Our Current Projects.. You are now viewing the new version of Friendship Ambassador's Official Site.. To view the old site, go.. 2011 Friendship Ambassadors Foundation.. All rights reserved.. Designed by Kris Jou, Coded by Neil Galvez..

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  • Title: About us & SupportFAF | FAF
    Descriptive info: Search for:.. History of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc.. Founded by Fulbright Scholar Harry Morgan and well-respected travel professional Cappy Devlin, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc.. (FAF) has facilitated international travel and exchange programs as an independent foundation since 1973 and for more than 15 years prior to that as an informal program supported in large part by Lila and DeWitt Wallace (founders, Readers Digest).. Since its inception, FAF has cultivated international affiliations and representation in order to fulfill its mission to promote Youth Leadership capacity-building opportunities and Peace Through Cultural Exchange.. Since 1993, the organization has been led under the consistent direction of Patrick Sciarratta as Executive Director.. FAF pioneered cultural exchange with American arts ensembles: in 1984, we prepared the first American performance exchange with China, and during the Cold War, we worked to open channels of communication between the United States (US) and the so-called Communist Block.. In the 1990 s, the Foundation was in the forefront of youth reconciliation efforts during the Balkan Wars.. The Balkan Youth Reconciliation Seminar Series was designated a Flagship Project of UNESCO s International Year for the Culture of Peace.. FAF is currently a Partner in Operational Relations with UNESCO, and formally associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information.. FAF s respect as a trainer for youth leaders interested in capacity-building, service, and international affairs is garnered through the work of its director, Patrick Sciarratta.. Patrick is on faculty at Purchase College (SUNY) and regularly invited to address youth leadership issues worldwide.. In 2011, he was invited by King Mohammed VI to  ...   regions emerging from natural or man-made disasters and received national recognition for its work with 9/11 families in particular.. In 2002, our project, Finding New Hope, received $3.. 1M from American Red Cross, Hitachi, and Rotary International, and included signature funding of over $1.. 6M from the Lions Clubs International Foundation.. FAF Programs Include: Arts-based service programming in New Orleans (FAF and local Fairfield youth received two days named in their honor for public service by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, with special commendation by the US Senate); the creation of the Greenwich/Vienne, Sister City relationship (where hundreds of Fairfield residents have been able to travel to and host sister city members); the annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations ; Youth Symphony for United Nations; and Youth Band for United Nations (led for several years by Greenwich High School music teacher John Yoon and comprised of Fairfield youth).. FAF is also proud of its many formal affiliations with a long list of non-governmental organizations, placing the Foundation in a unique position as it pursues its mission.. FAF programs have included many well-known participants throughout the past four decades, including United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, author Alex Haley, Mother Teresa, Senator Jay Rockefeller, President Vaclav Havel, three American astronauts, Reverend Jesse Jackson, social entrepreneur Kathy Ireland, Dr.. Arun Gandhi the list goes on and on.. However, the Foundation is most proud of the tens of thousands of private citizens and the millions of lives that have been touched and changed by the participation, engagement, and exchange our public projects engender..

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  • Title: HistoryFAF | FAF
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  • Title: Program ArchivesFAF | FAF
    Descriptive info: The Road Ahead.. Feel the Music!.. Finding New Hope Healing through Arts.. A Universal Hug for Peace.. Summer Peace Camps with the World Children s Choir.. Balkan Youth Reconciliation Seminars.. Festival of Light.. Bulgaria contains tremendous potential for building sustainable cultural tourism products that are competitive on the international tourism market.. Yet through our experiences we have witnessed barriers that prevent many of the organizations working in this sector from achieving a product that is sustainable, high-quality, and competitive.. The first session of The Road Ahead, a 3-day forum on cultural tourism took place in September 2003 at the Pamporovo Resort.. FAF brought together two important industries in the country: culture and tourism, with the goal of combining their power in order to advance sustainable development by encouraging a coherent, national marketing strategy aimed at promoting Bulgaria’s cultural tourism products to the international tourism community.. The second session of the initiative is now in the planning phase.. Visit the project s home page.. Feel the Music! presented a truly rare opportunity: for children and teens to learn from and be inspired by some of the best musicians and music educators in the country.. A cooperation between the World Foundation for Music Healing and Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Feel the Music! was an interactive music program for children and teens who lost a parent or close family member on September 11th.. Designed to be fun and inspiring, Feel the Music! offered workshops taught by renowned professional musicians who love teaching.. Feel the Music! was designed to assist in the emotional recovery of children who lost a parent or close family member on September 11th, building resilience in bereaved children through educational and cultural music workshops and wellness programs for their parents.. Finding New Hope was an umbrella of projects that aspired to bring healing in the  ...   New York, and second: in the beautiful mountain resort of Borovetz, just one hour from Sofia (capital of Bulgaria), in April 2004.. An extension of the Finding New Hope program, A Universal Hug for Peace targeted specifically at the international community of 9/11, this program was created with generous support from the Rotary Clubs around the world, to offer support in the young victims healing.. Visit the project s home page.. The World Children’s Choir and FAF facilitated an international arts/peace camp in the summer of 2006 in Romania.. Choral program was run by the World Children’s Choir, based in the Washington D.. C.. area, and included US and local children.. The medium is music and the message is friendship.. The Balkan Youth Reconciliation Seminar Series (BYRSS) was created shortly after the bombings were over in Kosovo in 1999.. It brought together young people from the warring nations and their neighbors in an endeavor to seek a new path to peace, understanding and compassion through art and culture.. It was an attempt to build peace from the roots, right where it springs from: the heart of people; and it was a place for these young people to share their concerns and fears, their hopes and visions with others from this troubled region.. The series comprised of three subsequent sessions over the span of two years, in Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Budapest (Hungary) and Timisoara (Romania), during which participants explored their common heritage and learnt to respect their differences through the similarities they share.. The Festival of Light was an annual music and dance festival taking place at several locations in Bulgaria.. It brought together performing groups of many genres from the region and the United States to share their art and grow by the experience, and to build bridges of friendships over the geographical and cultural distance..

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  • Title: Meet The TeamFAF | FAF
    Descriptive info: Meet the Team.. Patrick Sciarratta.. Executive Director.. Phone: +1 (203) 542-0652.. Fax: + 1 (203) 542-0661.. Email:.. psglobal@faf.. Patrick Sciarratta has been the executive director of FAF since 1993.. He has spoken at conferences and universities throughout the world on topics related to cultural exchange and global peace building.. His staff he have opened and introduced American groups to emerging destinations worldwide with active, customized exchange opportunities.. Under his leadership, FAF helped create and produces the annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, now in its sixth year, the Youth Band for United Nations, and a series of internationally recognized Cultural Exchange Programmes both at home and around the world.. During the past five years, Patrick led the foundation s work to offer service to the nation after the tragic events of 9/11, uniting families of victims he and colleague Szilvia Agoston spearheaded FAF s arts-related retreats and camps for the families and children of the victims, called Finding New Hope supported with major funding by the Lions, Rotary, Red Cross, Hitachi and others.. Indeed through their efforts, those families were able to re-connect with others tragically affected by war and terrorism worldwide.. Mr.. Sciarratta and FAF have worked with governments and members of the travel and culture industries on an FAF programme called The Road Ahead, to institute cultural tourism as a means of locally managed sustainable development, and facilitated the Balkan Youth Reconciliation Seminar Series a project that helped mend the social fabric in post-war, Balkan states in cooperation with UNESCO, as a Flagship Partner of its International Year for the Culture of Peace.. Sciarratta was an elected Member of the Executive Committee at the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) for its maximum tenure and then became the co-editor its NGO Reporter, a quarterly that is disseminated to the 3000+ affiliates connected with DPI at the U.. N.. He also serves on its annual DPI/NGO Conference Planning Committee, where he plays a role in the development of the annual United Nations DPI/NGO conferences.. Patrick was lead faculty member for the Arts Management Certificate Program for over a decade at Purchase College of the State University of New York.. Prior to his teaching at SUNY, he taught at St.. John s University, Adelphi University, C.. W.. Post College, and New York University.. He was also the Director for Performing Arts at Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1987-1993, during the reconstruction of the Danny Kaye Playhouse, and the Resident Director of the Israel Festival in 1984.. Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Bond Street Theatre Coalition, from 1976 1985, Mr.. Sciarratta produced, directed and co-wrote 12 plays with the ensemble; all of which were presented in New York and in other national and international venues.. He is currently chair of the Board of Directors of Bond Street Theatre.. Sciarratta has received many awards, including the MacArthur award as the leader of the Palenville Interarts Colony (1980-1992), the Governor s Citation for Excellence from Governor Rockefeller, the New York University s Gallatin Award for Achievement in the Arts, and is listed in four Who s Whos internationally for contributions to culture and community.. Sciarratta is currently on the boards of UNA/Westchester (NY) Vanaver Caravan.. Invited by Elie Wiesel and King Abdullah of Jordan, Patrick traveled  ...   presented by The Greenwich Arts Council, at The Wainwright House in Rye, New York, the 2000 International Piano Festival in Spain, the Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation s 2011 Young Artist Series, and Peace Philharmonic Philippines Foundation, Inc.. She was the featured artist during the 40th Anniversary celebration of the United Nations Women s Guild at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium of the UN Headquarters in New York, where she shared the stage with current First Lady and wife of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Mrs.. Ban Soon-Taek and the active UN Women s Guild President Tsu-Wei Chang.. Since 2005, Yin-Chu has been serving as Artistic Director of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc.. where she organizes and develops all FAF s music programming worldwide including international music exchanges and performance tours for choirs, bands and orchestras, some of which involve dance, theater or other related art forms.. Jou was:.. Co-founder of the Youth Symphony for United Nations, a project affiliated with Symphony for United Nations led by Maestro Joseph Eger (2006).. Key organizer of 2009 Friendship Tour to Nepal-India Women, Water, Food Security Conference in Calcutta, India by the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (10/2009).. Key organizer of a benefit for UNICEF-USA s Haiti Relief through a combined choral orchestral concert in Washington, DC that gathered 200 young artists from the US East and West Coasts united in music to benefit the children of Haiti during their time of need (4/2010).. Program director for the Lasallian Convocation on the Rights of the Child conference at the UN headquarters (4/2010).. Delegate to UNAOC Doha Pre-Forum, Consultation with CSOs (5/2011).. Yanyu Li.. Financial Analyst and Accounts Manager.. yanyu@faf.. Yan Yu Li joined Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc in 2008.. Yan Yu is Friendship Ambassadors Foundation s Financial Analyst and Accounts Manager.. She has overseen the development and facilitation for several major projects at the Foundation: The Rhythms of One World, Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, Emerging Global Leaders Seminar (Fairleigh Dickinson University), and is the financial advisor of the Executive Director on most financial issues and, especially, on all development issues relating to China (which is a major area of development for the foundation from 2008 to the present).. She also reports financial status of the foundation to the Board of Directors on a regular level.. Li works with Mr.. Izquierdo to lead FAF s large intern population each year.. Yan Yu has been working in finance for several years since she received her M.. B.. A.. with concentration in accounting and finance from the University of Bridgeport.. Victor Izquierdo.. Project Manager Intern Coordinator.. victor@faf.. Since 2009, Greenwich resident Victor Izquierdo has grown from an intern to holding a management position within Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc.. Izquierdo is currently Project Manager and Intern Coordinator.. Victor has helped to develop FAF s Service Ambassadors Program and assists in organizing FAF projects including global cultural exchanges and the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations.. He is FAF s Project Coordinator for the Ecuador Service Project and the 1 Liter of Light Volunteer effort in 2013.. Prior to joining FAF, Victor worked as a customer banker at Commerce Bank.. Victor Izquierdo holds a B.. in International Studies from Fairfield University and a Professional Certificate in Global Affairs from New York University.. Drotman and Sawkiw, Accounting Firm, NGO Focus..

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  • Title: FAF Events ManagementFAF | FAF
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  • Title: Board of DirectorsFAF | FAF
    Descriptive info: Edward Christian Lawyer, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP.. Richard Crystal Lawyer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP.. David Hill Retired, Fairchild Publications, Ridgefield.. Karen Kozlowski Board President; Lawyer, Thompson Hine LLP.. Deena Merlen Lawyer, REAVIS PARENT LEHRER LLP.. Jason Scorza Vice Provost, Fairleigh Dickinson University.. Trevor Wilmont Lawyer, B I N G H Λ M.. Honorary Board Members:.. Stuart Baldwin (15 years of service) Former Board President.. Harriet Baldwin Former Board Treasurer.. Ex-Officio:.. Patrick Sciarratta FAF Executive Director..

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  • Title: EndorsementsFAF | FAF
    Descriptive info: Endorsements and Testimonials.. From the inception of FAF s mission to the present, there has been strong support for the Foundation s international exchanges.. FAF pioneered cultural sharings among communities in order to promote mutual understanding and global goodwill through the performing arts, cultural gatherings, and volunteer efforts.. The need for this effort is clear and the positive response to FAF s work has resounded in a clear voice.. - Patrick Sciarratta, Executive Director.. An Overview of FAF s major endorsements (click here first!).. Quotes from Prominent People of the World.. Notes from Participants.. Letters of Support and Acknowledgement.. Letters of Thanks.. Further Acknowledgements.. Endorsement Booklet.. Download as PDF.. back to top.. Message from the UN Secretary General to the participants of the 6th Youth Assembly at the UN:.. I commend FAF’s efforts to work with young people in the Balkans 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.. - Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari,.. Former President of Finland, 2008.. Friendship Ambassadors Foundation its mission is so important, and you are accomplishing remarkable things.. Best wishes to you and everyone at the foundation!.. - Former President William Jefferson Clinton, January 26, 2004.. “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 perform.. Godspeed!”.. - Leonard Bernstein“.. Friendship Ambassadors Foundation exchanges are a key part of our hope for opportunities to explore fresh paths of communication, information, and friendship.. These initiatives will increase understanding, help eliminate barriers of culture and language, and enhance opportunities for peace.. You have my appreciation and best wishes for success in your endeavors.. - Former President Ronald Reagan.. “It’s been a joyful pleasure for me to encourage and financially support this work.. I predict continuing success for this vital program!”.. - Eleanor Roosevelt“.. Nothing can compare to [FAF’s] firsthand observations reports.. - John F.. Kennedy“.. I know of few projects today that succeed more in helping our young musicians do what they do best: sharing the magic glory of music with their love of 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 non-profit efforts.. - Andras Torok, former Secretary of State for Culture, Hungary.. “I am pleased to learn of the efforts of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation … The United Nations applauds and supports such efforts.. - Shashi Tharoor, Director of Special Projects, Office of the Secretary General, United Nations“.. I am pleased to offer my enthusiastic support for the UNESCO/FAF Balkan Youth Reconciliation Seminar Series.. Your mission of peace through cultural exchanges is to be applauded and I hope it will accomplish our mutual long-term goal to build a civil society.. - U.. S.. Congresswoman Nita Lowey“.. “It is with sincere thanks that I recognize your long-standing work to promote cultural exchange and understanding.. - Martin Butora, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the USA.. “The Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina endearingly appreciates the foundation’s initiative to promote greater awareness, and engender new prospects for hope.. The Mission adamantly supports any such effort and would encourage others in doing the same.. - Muhamed Sacirbey, Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina to the U.. “I’m not at all surprised that Friendship Ambassadors is having such a positive impact on their audiences you are creating an impeccable track record that others will no doubt want to imitate or copy, so keep your standards high and noble.. - Alex Haley“.. “This is the kind of human contact that strikes me as something that will work for all countries of the world.. - Harry S.. Truman.. *2012*.. Thanks for the assistance you have always provided to me and all the great service you and your organization render to the UN community, and the world s people, especially those in need.. - Estelle Perry, UN NGO Leader, Member NGO DPI Executive Committee.. * 2009 *.. Having been made aware of the dangers of visiting Mexico, I was very concerned on the safety aspects.. However, I knew immediately I entered the Arrivals Hall at the Airport in Mexico City and met Victor and his team from Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, that everything and everyone would be very safe and looked after well.. The care and attention to detail of the team, and their willingness and ability to arrange for everyone to be in the right place at the right time was exceptional.. An added bonus was the tremendous knowledge of our guide from Mexico, who gave us some great information about the city as we traveled in the vehicle.. I would recommend Friendship Ambassadors Foundation for their excellent service; they were wonderful, and made the experience of attending the United Nations DIP NGO Conference on Disarmament one to be remembered.. - Kate Moore, Director of Membership, Soroptimist International.. “On my visit to Mexico City in September 2009 I had the benefit of having the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation take care of all my logistical arrangements.. Thanks to the dedication of their staff, their superb efficiency and excellent organization all the arrangements – flights, hotel, transfer etc.. – worked smoothly and I had a positively memorable experience on this trip.. - Pal Sidhu, Program Vice President,.. EastWest Institute.. “The Grosse Pointe South choir’s trip to NYC was well organized and very exciting.. We so enjoyed the UN and the opportunity to sing for the UN (International) school (T)he workshop with Gavin Creel – and then watching him in Hair – was an experience our students will never forget.. I have traveled with FAF since 1976 and each trip has been a new and exciting experience.. By the way, our rooms were amazing.. We were only a half of a block off Times Square and I could lie in my bed and watch Times Square’s ball turn from red, to blue, to green.. What memories we will all have.. Thank you.. - Ellen J.. Bowen, Director of Choral Activities,.. Grosse Pointe South High School.. * 2008 *.. Dear Patrick, I wish to thank you, FAF founder Cappy Devlin, and the Friendship Ambassadors staff for the courtesies extended to the Iowa Kids, their parents, and me during our concert opportunities in New York City at the United Nations and the Statue of Liberty.. I also wish to thank you for the honor of performing in front of such a worldwide, appreciative audience at the Culture Night Banquet.. It was truly a memorable night they and I will never forget.. This was one of several tours we have taken with FAF and every tour has included memorable experiences still remembered by those who participated.. - Dale Cunion, Ex.. Dir.. , The Iowa Kids,.. August 2008.. “Our experience in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Shanghai exceeded all expectations, especially the incredibly hospitality shown to us in Sanchung.. What a special occasion!”.. - William Carson, Coe College, August 2008.. First of all, let me tell you that the tour was Wonderful! We couldn t have asked for better more receptive audiences.. Secondly, whatever you do keep [FAF Artistic Director] Yin-Chu Jou.. I couldn t 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.. Thank you so much for helping with our wonderful trip to Taiwan and Hong Kong.. We hope to see you again!.. - Steve Shanley, Director,.. Coe College Jazz Band , August 2008.. Thanks again for everything you did for our experience.. It was certainly a first-class operation, and you were friendly, charming, professional, and organized.. - Dr Christopher J.. Nicholas, Coe College Bands Soloist; Associate Director of Bands, University of Wyoming Department of Music; August 2008.. The Alliance Francaise of Greenwich would like to thank you and your Artistic Director Yin-Chu Jou for your efforts in including [us] in the Greenwich Choral Society trip to France honoring the Greenwich/Vienne Sister City 2008 initiative The trip w was seamless, due in no small part to your advance planning We thank you and your team for making this historic trip so memorable.. - Renee Ketcham, President,.. Alliance Francaise of Greenwich, July 2008.. I just returned from the Collegiate Chorale Tour to Israel one of the professional singers in the group.. It was a great privilege to be on this tour.. Working with Zubin Mehta the Israel Philharmonic was a as musical treat for all of us.. I very much enjoyed the tours provided for the group.. I want to highlight Lillian, our tour guide.. She is a big bigger-than-life personality and she made everything come alive, investing so much of herself in her descriptions.. I only wish I could have seen more.. Next time! It was a pleasure touring with her.. Thank you for making this trip so special for us.. - Jim Fredericks Cunningham,.. Collegiate Chorale Singer, July 2008.. We truly appreciate (and recognize) the effort that you made for us.. Traveling to China during the Olympics year has definitely made some things a lot harder than they would have been otherwise! Again, very sincere thanks for resolving everything so successfully.. - Vicky Barham, Tour Coordinator,.. Stella Boreales, July 2008.. “Thank you so much for your generous donation to the New Orleans Children’s Chorus, which will be used to help us rebuild our organization in the  ...   educational tours were excellent and the guides for them were well organized.. The final dinner was excellent.. Thank you for your work; it was good working with you again.. - Ellen Bowen, Grosse Point High School to Italy.. * 2003 *.. Our concert tour show is entitled, A Voice to the World.. Did we accomplish that title on this tour with Friendship? Yes.. Did we make a difference? Yes.. Were our lives enriched by the experience? Yes.. Have we helped bridge cultural gaps and understanding? Yes.. Would I want Maria Mandova again as our guide? Absolutely! I would trust her with my life!.. - D.. Kim Clayton, Synergy, August 2003.. * 2001 *.. Our wonderful trip to Romania and Bulgaria with Friendship Ambassadors was a positive, life changing cultural and social experience.. We learned so much about the world and Eastern Europe… I truly believe that the values, goals, and accomplishments of FAF are critical to world peace.. - Dr.. Lyn Schenbeck, Agnes Scott College in Georgia, July 2001.. “I must tell you how much we enjoyed our trip.. My students and I cannot stop talking about it.. This is a trip I would do again and certainly recommend to my choral colleagues.. I give you all glowing reports!”.. - Rick Bushey, Kearsley Choir, March 2001.. “The whole tour would want to thank you for everything.. You really went “beyond the call of duty” in getting us from place to place and understanding our needs.. The memories we have are precious and will last the rest of our lives.. - Tony Howard, PBS producer, Bowling Green Madrigal Singers Tour, April 2001.. * 2000 *.. “We are very pro-FAF.. In today’s “make a buck at all costs” world, they are more concerned with service and furthering positive cultural exchanges as a means of creating a better world.. Sounds kind of corny, but it’s the truth.. - Kathy Shannon, West Virginia University, February 2000.. “Thank you for all of your help in getting our trip planned and accomplished.. It was a wonderful experience for us, and the concert venues and arrangements were the best we have ever had.. Annabell Zikmund, University of Nebraska at Kearney, June 2000.. “Just wanted to let you know that the tour was fantastic.. The concert venues were exceptional and we had much better audiences than I expected.. an experience I know none of us will ever forget Thank you so much for all of your hard work on this tour.. Things went very smoothly.. Our guides were wonderful and I know that you ordered the incredible weather just for us.. - Luanne Clarke, Choral Faculty, Alfred University, May 2000.. “It was a marvelous tour, smooth, brilliant with daily wonders we were really happy with it in fact ALL of the accommodations were incredible; quite beyond the beyonds, as the Irish say.. - Devon McNamara, West Virginia Wesleyan College, June 2000.. “What an extraordinary experience this tour was; both as an artistic and traveling endeavor.. I must offer my sincere appreciation and thanks to you and to everyone at Friendship Ambassadors that help make this trip a huge success our experiences in the Czech Republic and Hungary were sensational.. I think the experience for the girls will be one they will carry with them always, and one we will all grow from.. the dancing was magnificent It is my sincere hope that we at the NWCA continue our relationship with Friendship Ambassadors and hopefully do more of these marvelous tours This was the BEST!”.. - Mimi Wallace, Director of Dance, Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, July 2000.. * 1999 *.. “We just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed the Ladue Chapel trip to Hungary Everything worked out well and we really appreciated all of your help and tips.. We wanted you to know we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.. Thanks for all your help!”.. - Sharon Ralph Thaman, Ladue Chapel Choir, August 1999.. “Thank you! I would love the opportunity to repay you for the invaluable gift you gave me!” “Thank you for the wonderful hospitality; you made it even more enjoyable.. I hope our paths cross again.. ” “I felt like I was traveling with family!”.. - Newman Theatre Tour Participants Jewish Festival performances; August 1999.. * 1998 *.. “We just wanted to write a HUGE Thank You! We loved our exchange so much.. It was the opportunity of a lifetime.. We all came back better people because of the experiences we had there.. - Nannette Watts, Utah State University, April 1998.. “Five stars to your organization for hosting and accommodating our group so beautifully! There wasn’t a problem not one in the entire trip.. The hotels, staffs, and drivers were splendid.. The breakfasts perfect! Our trip was wonderful beyond words.. - Sarah Wiideman, Cranbrook Academy of Art, January 1998.. “We look forward to your assistance to groups seeking cultural counterparts.. USIS will refer questions to your volunteers and staff for action.. It s good to know that the Foundation can be such a great help.. - Mr.. Greg Lagana, US Embassy Rome, February 1998.. “We are writing to express our gratitude and appreciation for the invaluable assistance provided by Friendship Ambassadors Foundation to the 3rd International Festival of Movement and Dance on the Volga, held in Yaroslavl, Russia.. FAF offered both professional and high-quality assistance and truly made a difference for all involved.. - Lisa First, U.. Director, Nadezhda Proshutinskaya, Russian Director, August 1998.. * 1997 *.. “As in the past, FAF has provided excellent tour management.. I really appreciate what FAF has done for me and my students over the past two decades.. Marvin Robertson, Southern Adventist University Choir, 1997.. “No one could have had a better time than we did.. - Virginia Davidson, NY Treble Singers, 1997.. “I believe the work that is being done by Friendship Ambassadors is very important, and only by making these connections, person to person and country by country will we, all of humanity, be able to live together in peace and harmony.. This is part of the legacy that we must leave to future generations.. The message of love, of understanding, is what it is to be human.. Viva FAF!”.. - Denise Santiago, Singer, 1997.. “First and foremost [the tour] was incredible, an experience I will never forget.. … I really appreciate your flexibility and willing ness to work with a group with limited resources.. You’re incredible and amazing!”.. - Dana Phelps Marshalk, Moving in the Spirit, July.. Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations.. Bill Clinton, President of the United States of America.. Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic.. Andras Torok, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Education, Hungary.. Dr.. Gabor Foldvary, Deputy Consul General of Hungary.. Gabor Demszky, Mayor of Budapest, Hungary.. Bill Bradley, US Senator.. Zhang Weichao, Ambassador and Consul General of China.. Paulette Schatz, Project Manager, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).. National Youth Programme, Kabul Afghanistan.. Norma Beutell van Sickle, Artistic Director.. Gateway Ballet March 1997.. Beata Palfalfvy Sandor, Deputy Secretary General.. Godollo University of Agricultural Sciences February 1997.. Cassandra O.. Lacey, Dierctor.. Swift Creek Academy of Performing Arts October 1996.. Ildiko Vizy, Arts Manager.. Central European Dance Theater August 1995.. Susan Gash Beckah Voight, Artistic and Associate Directors.. Gash/Voight Dance Theater August 1995.. 2005: the second session of FAF s initiative, the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, has been formally endorsed by many state missions at the U.. 2004: FAF Executive Director Patrick Sciarratta was voted onto the Executive Committee of the NGO/DPI (Nongovernmental Organizations / Department of Public Information) at the United Nations.. The Foundation assists with strategic, financial, and youth development as well as helps to plan the annual conferences attendant to the United Nations General Assembly each fall.. Sciarratta was also named to the National Council of the United Nations Federation and is the editor of the NGO Reporter, distributed to 1400 NGOs worldwide.. 2004: FAF receives a million dollar plus award from the Lions Clubs International Foundation to direct its 9/11 camp and retreat efforts, after successfully completing a summer camp utilizing arts and cultural exchange as healing tool for those affected by the terrorist tragedy.. FAF moves to combine 9/11 families with others suffering similar losses worldwide, in an effort to promote peace through cultural exchange among this very affected community.. The project is an immense success, appearing on CBS Sunday Morning, NY Channel 1, and other local and national media in the New York, Boston, Washington D.. , and California regions served.. 2004: Prestigious show choir Snyergy! in Salt Lake City and FAF team up and raise $70,000 from the Sorenson Foundation to aid Synergy! s tour to Croatia; Other funds raised with the help of FAF subsidized their 2005 tour to NYC.. 2002: FAF was chosen to assist in the planning of the 55th NGO/DPI Conference at the United nations, attendant to the General Assembly meeting, September 2002.. Jim Higginbottom’s Arts Academy appeared there along with over 150 other young people through FAF.. 2002: FAF was chosen to adjudicate and facilitate the annual donations of the Barondess Foundation, to arts organizations in New York State.. (In 2004, the Barondess Foundation closed and turned all its assets over to FAF.. ).. 2002: FAF was chosen by the Lions Clubs International Foundation to facilitate retreats based on its successful UNESCO-related programming in the Balkans.. Major grant covers funding for arts based exchanges and children’s camps through 2005.. FAF’s Executive Director was selected by President Clinton as a Presidential Delegate to the first-ever White House Conference on Travel and Tourism.. 1995: FAF was chosen as an Official Observer to the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing..

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    Descriptive info: There are many ways to support FAF at home and around the world:.. Online:.. Network for Good.. Support us with a check, by mail, to:.. Friendship Ambassadors Foundation.. 299 Greenwich Avenue.. Greenwich, CT 06830In both cases, you will receive a letter for tax deduction and our eternal thanks!.. In person: Volunteer, Intern, Chaperone, Join us on tour!.. Visit our offices, drop us a line at.. , or give us a call at 001-2-30-542-0652 to learn more!..

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  • Title: Employment/Volunteer/InternshipFAF | FAF
    Descriptive info: Join the Team.. FAF is always looking for devoted and energetic people who are willing and able to help us in the pursuit of our mission.. We offer opportunities for internships and welcome volunteers to assist with particular areas of our operations.. Below you see a listing of the positions we are currently looking to fill but please don t limit yourself to these! If there s an area where you feel you can and would like to contribute, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!.. Intern with FAF!.. CURRENT INTERNSHIP POSITIONS AVAILABLE.. For more information contact Victor Rene Izquierdo •.. Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc.. is a 39-year old nonprofit organization that organizes global, youth-based gatherings that promote peace and mutual understanding.. FAF is located in Greenwich, Connecticut, just over the Westchester border.. Project assistants needed for all aspects of these ‘legacy’ cultural exchange programmes.. FAF programmes combine tour operations with sustainable development, international cooperation, peace-building relations, marketing, and events planning.. (FAF does not charge anything to the organizations it serves and a portion of all actual travel costs are fully tax deductible to the individual travelers and programme participants.. Development: Fund Raising and Programme Development.. Assist the foundation with your marketing and development skills training or your interest in learning about logistics facilitation for international peace projects.. IT Social Networking Experts with a Passion for Travel.. FAF is creating a new, for profit social enterprise portal and is seeking a young, social entrepreneur with skills and high-end creativity and savvy to lead this effort.. Investment potential is great here and rewards could be very high for the right person or people.. Get Involved in the.. Multiple Intern, Volunteer and Staff Needs:.. Program Development, Event Planning, and Administrative/Management interns.. Volunteers sought for the days  ...   per week for nine months, minimum.. Computer skills a must.. Possibility of employment for the successful candidate.. Global Logistics Assistant: Global Peace Exchanges.. Global Cultural Peace Exchanges Assist FAF’s travel staff in the planning and operation of its international cultural exchanges and concert tours.. This is an opportunity to learn ways to promote peace through cultural diplomacy, exchange and the arts.. It is also training in travel and hospitality logistics worldwide.. Some interest or experience in travel, tourism, planning and development a plus.. Neat, responsible person; three days per week for nine months, minimum.. Possibility of international travel and employment for the successful candidate.. Position open until filled.. Youth Assembly at the United Nations – 2013.. Assist staff on all aspects of the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations and outreach project abroad.. All events are in the United Nations.. Project coordinator interested in learning about conference development and planning: strong emphasis on detail and courteous follow up required.. Meet members of the Secretariat, UN Member states, Missions, sister organizations and Affiliate NGOs in plenary sessions and workshops.. Be a part of renewal at the UN and serious social change worldwide! Position open until filled.. Foundation Marketing and Branding.. Work directly with Executive Director on External Development, Online Development, Branding Issues, Media Relations, Marketing Services to NGOs, Strategic Planning and Presentation.. Office and IT Support.. Help develop foundation s online presence as a tool to unite NGOs worldwide for peace through arts exchange.. Trouble shoot computer and other interactive equipment needs as required.. Help with in-house web development and international online arts campaign.. Help us move toward blogs, chat rooms, flash player uploads (for cash awards) and the re-working of all telecommunications and networking setup Also, aid staff in general office management as related to these needs..

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  • Title: OpportunitiesFAF | FAF
    Descriptive info: Career Opportunities.. SALES AND CLIENT REPRESENTATIVE.. Celebrating its 36th anniversary, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, a nonprofit, global travel solutions leader for pre-formed groups, ensembles, volunteer organizations, and academic institutions, is seeking:.. An experienced sales person to develop leads that will attract new groups to its cultural exchanges.. The position includes client representation for the group through the tour:.. Ability to work with a team, bring in new exchange groups and see clients through from contract to tour: sales and client representation as sole client contact throughout the  ...   travel a must.. Knowledge of Academic, NGO, volunteer or arts programming very helpful.. Knowledge and use of computer, Skype, social networking a must.. Good phone voice, presentational skills (in person and online), second language helpful.. Ability to travel with groups when requested; proper chaperone conduct record required.. Anticipated Start Date: January 15, 2010;.. Office is in Greenwich, CT.. Position is directly responsible to: Ms.. Yin-Chu Jou, Artistic Director, FAF.. Send resume and recommendation, to:.. Victor Rene Izquierdo.. Email preferred:.. ;.. Fax to: 1-203-542-0661;.. no phone calls, please..

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