The Friendship Force International is a part of nonprofit international cultural exchange organization. The Friendship Force was founded by Wayne Smith and introduced on March 1, 1977, by President Jimmy Carter at a White House gathering of state governors. At that time, President Carter asked the governors to return to their states and identify a volunteer leader who would serve as State Director for the Friendship Force in their state. Rosalyn Carter served as Honorary Chairperson until 2002.
Since its founding in 1977, The Friendship Force has brought together millions of people. Today we are active in more than 50 countries, promoting friendship and goodwill through an extensive program of home hosting, or exchanges. In 2007 alone, 5763 friendship ambassadors traveled between 58 countries, with thousands more serving as hosts.
The organization headquarters, known as Friendship Force International (FFI), coordinates exchanges for clubs and members around the world. It is located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The Friendship Force Club of Bratislava was officially originated in January 1990. It was the first FF Club in the former Czechoslovakia.