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Outgoing International Journey- Salvador-Bahia and Ribeirao Preto, Brazil

June 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am - July 8, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

We’ve been invited by two clubs in Brazil to visit them next summer. Estimated dates are late June/early July. It is actually the winter season in Brazil. The first journey will be with the Salvador-Bahia club for one week, then we will travel to Ribeirao Preto for a week with their club.
Salvador is located along the balmy tropical Atlantic waters on the Bay of All Saints and is one of Brazil’s oldest colonial cities. From Vicki of the Baton Rouge Club: “You are going to love Salvador!!! It’s an extremely unique city in Brazil, one of the oldest colonial areas first settled by the Portuguese. What makes it very unique is that the cultures
(Portuguese/African/indigenous) have blended to create the Bahian culture with its different forms of dance, music, food and religion. The people in the club are super and put on a fantastic homestay!

Ribeirao Preto is an economic and business regional center and is located in one of the most developed areas in the country. It has a population of about 600 thousand inhabit-ants and is proud to have a high social index. In the 19th and 20th centuries Ribeirao Preto was considered the coffee capital of the state. During that period the city built the Pedro II Theater, which held several European productions in the early 20th century. After that, Pedro II Theater experienced a decline, until it caught fire in the early 1980’s. It was restored and modernized in the 1990’s and nowadays is the home of the Ribeirao Preto Symphony Orchestra and is among the largest opera houses in Brazil.

A significant event in the history of the city was the opening of the Antarctica Brewery Company in 1911. This led to the opening of many beer houses in the city, one of which was named Pinguim and became very famous and brought national fame to the city because of the fantastic quality of its draft beer. Ribeirao Preto is also a pioneer in the establishment of microbreweries in Brazil. Besides culture and beer, Ribeirao Preto also has many gar-dens, parks, a zoo and museums. The Coffee Museum, is the only of its type in the world, having a detailed and rare exposition of the rise and fall of the coffee barons.

We will also plan a side trip to Iguazu Falls which is in southern Brazil. The colossal power of these thundering falls, viewable from both Argentina and Brazil, and accessible from Paraguay, is a mesmerizing sight: 275 separate falls in a U-shaped formation pound the water below in raging cascades with a deafening intensity.

Our Club’s Journey Coordinator, Jim Steggall, is working with the Brazil clubs to finalize plans for this exchange. Open seats will be posted in the Friendship Force International catalog nine months before the exchange. If you are interested or know friends from other clubs who may be interested, encourage them to join us. As soon as the program details are set, we will have a price for the exchange and in country portions of the exchange.

An application link must be completed at Contact Jim at or (319) 651-1092 if you are interested in this exchange.


June 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am
July 8, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


Salvador-Bahia, Brazil
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