Who Can Become a Member?
Members range in age from 18 to 80+ and come from all walks of life – housewives, students, retired, business, professional, artists, farmers, office workers, unemployed, etc, etc. They have one thing in common – a wish to befriend women from other parts of the world.
When you decide to travel, you write to the hostesses whose names you have selected from the membership list. We find the best friendships are made when members have taken time to correspond before travelling. We recommend that the first visit should be short, in case it is not what you expect: lifestyles can be very different from your own. The visitor should fit in with the hostess and be prepared to entertain herself during the day if her hostess is working.
There is no set subscription. The membership payment is a donation. The recommended minimum donation (RMD) is £37 to join, with an annual renewal of £27 for continuous membership. This covers the cost of providing one Membership List and three newsletters per year. 5W is financed only by its members’ donations.
There are a number of countries around the world where it is difficult, either financially or politically, for women to make a donation, but 5W is enriched by their membership and the opportunities to visit these countries. If you wish to make an additional ‘Friendship Donation’ to help towards the costs of these members, this is greatly appreciated.
Interested? Get in Touch!
The 5W office is open from 0930 -1430, Monday to Friday, UK local time, excluding official holidays. The answering machine/fax machine is available at other times. To join, you can use the application form here on this website. Please send with your donation to the 5W office. We look forward to hearing from you.