Cyprus Friendship Program

Rating: 4.91 stars   23 reviews

Issues: International

Location: Wolfeboro NH 03894 USA

Mission: CFP promotes peace and understanding by bringing together Cypriot teens from both sides of the militarized divide with future leadership potential, encouraging lifelong friendships among them, and extending these friendships to their friends and families.
Results: The Cyprus Friendship Program is one of very few projects seeking to bridge the divide between the two communities on the island. It has a high profile in Cyprus and it is transforming the lives of the CFP teens, their families, and their friends. CFP friendships are being witnessed by students in schools and youth clubs across the island and by hundreds of friends of each participant via Facebook and other forms of social media. CFP teen pairs and their friendships, as well as new friendships between their families, are being prominently featured in newspapers and TV across the island. CFP is being given a weekly one-hour Friday night radio program that will be broadcast on major stations on both sides of the divide. And the CFP Graduation, which is held annually in October, which is attended by 400-500, is clearly the largest and probably most important regularly scheduled bi-communal activity on the island.
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Rating: 5 stars  

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As a followup to the program that brought Catholic and Protestant teenagers from Ireland together so successfully, the Cyprus Friendship Program has a similar mission in joining Turkish and Greek-speaking Cypriot teens for a month's experience with host families in the U.S. Students are selected for the program based on their commitment to peace and promoting the dream of a united Cyprus and for their proficiency in English, the common language among us all. The Greeks don't understand the Turks, who don't understand the Greeks, and we do not speak either language. Our students, two marvelous girls from either side of the division were not only skilled English speakers but enthusiastic participants in just about everything that came their way this past summer. Our time with them was exciting, fun, educational, full of ethnic food and drink, shopping, sightseeing, college talk, and swimming. They frequently said that it was like "a dream, a fairy tale, a movie" to be in America. And through the friendship that blossomed with them, our feeling was the same. We will travel to Cyprus one day to see again, and we continue to encourage them to apply to universities in the United States. Now we feel we have another family nearly halfway around the world. What an experience!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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The Cyprus Friendship Program is a very well run organization - they communicate expectations well and are available for questions along the way. It is humbling to be hosts for such motivated and mature students - future leaders. It is also a lot of fun!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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We have been a host family for this program that brings 2 teens from each side of the divided country of Cyprus (Turkish side and the Greek side) for 2 years. The goal of the program is for the teens to spend 4 weeks in the USA in a neutral setting where they can connect with each other and realize that they are more alike than not despite their country's political divide. It has been amazing to share our home with the teens as it brings all the benefits of travel right to our home - while supporting peace making efforts. What's not to love?! :) The teens are smart, thoughtful and bring an international perspective to our dinner conversation while we get to share our everyday lives with them. We will stay in touch with our Cyprus teens for years to come! I highly recommend this program!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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