To encourage international friendship and understanding among teenagers and adults, both foreign and domestic, and to introduce members to the industrial, social, educational, religious, and secular heritage of each member country.
Operation Friendship is a collective of several non-proﬁt organizations located in Europe and the United States. They are dedicated to fostering international friendships and understanding via student exchanges. With more than 50 years of exchanges, Operation Friendship has crafted over the years an excellent program for your son or daughter to discover culture ﬁrst-hand without the long-term commitment of a semester or year abroad. It is a terriﬁc way to experience travel and new horizons while nurturing lasting friendships and broadening horizons. Parents will also get to know each other and join our international network of new friends.
Our volunteer organizations - referred to as a Chapter - run their exchange program modeled on the same method. Each country introduces participants to the social, educational, religious, and secular heritage of their country. The youths gain initiative and grow in their development of personality, character and increased social awareness.
OF is spearheaded by Operation Friendship International (OFI), mothership of all our volunteer organizations. Today OF exists in 10 cities (4 in the USA and 6 in Europe)