Welcome To The 5W World of Friendship & Travel
Women Welcome Women World Wide has so much to offer to members from around the world – our aims are simple, but the rewards are great.
While travel to far-flung places or enjoying having guests in your home may be on hold for a while, you can still make new friends in foreign lands or just around the corner. Imagine having a network of like minded friends to talk to and share your experiences and hopes for the future. In the words of one of our members “Every wonderful woman has a story to tell, cultural differences to share and each one feels like a long-term friend from the very first meeting.” Although you may not be able to meet in person for a while, this is such a wonderful opportunity to make those new friends now and plan for the future.
Map Of Our Members
5W Enables Our Members To Have Rewarding Experiences
As another of our members explains “With 5W we enjoy a commonality based on openness and a trust that, despite whatever else is happening in the world, there are those to whom we can open our doors, share bits of our lives and become part of a larger, more enriched whole.” Any woman can become a member, regardless of nationality, religion or home circumstances and members are of all backgrounds and ages, from all around the world.
“If you are interested in solo travelling, this is the organisation for you. It can be lonely travelling on your own, especially if you see something fantastic and want to turn around and say “hey, look at that” but there is no one there. Well, if you join 5W, those days are over” – Read more …
Share more of our members’ experiences for a real taste of 5W:
Of Course, 5W Is Not Just About International Travel!
When a Canadian member from Vancouver was making arrangements for a business trip in Ottawa, she contacted a 5W member there to see if they could meet up. This resulted in her staying overnight and spending a fun 24 hours together before her meetings began. 5W brought them together in the most pleasant way, even though they both lived in the same country – but almost 5,000 km apart.
Plus. a quote from one of our members “I live in Los Angeles. A few years ago I took a road trip to Northern California where I visited a 5W member in a little coastal community, Elk. I was in my own state and looked at the same ocean that I saw at home. But it was like I was in a world away from my home. One doesn’t have to go very far from home to have a fantastic experience with 5W!”
The World is Waiting!
“I joined 5W after reading about it in Gang of Four by Liz Byrski – wondering if such a wonderful organisation could really exist and deliver on expectations. This was when we wrote paper letters to each other. And before the commercial organisations that people sometimes mistakenly confuse with our wonderful 5W. It has delivered in spades, as they say.
I have made some very good local friends I’ll keep forever, as well as friends and acquaintances from all over the world. While it isn’t possible to keep up with everyone you meet, the memories, with the assistance of many photos, are there for each of us. What wonderful people I have met, and so very hospitable! We all have wonderful life experiences to share and varying interests, with our common goal of interacting with others and sharing a little of each other. 5W member from Australia.
Keeping friendship alive around the world!
5W was founded in 1984 as a friendship and travel network, encouraging women to make new contacts around the world and spread the spirit of cultural understanding. We may have had to put our travels on hold, but the friendship is now more important than ever. We are so happy to see our members reaching out to each other by email and post (yes that wonderful experience of receiving a letter from a friend)!
Explore your Local area with 5W friends
We have Local Groups around the work, which are the perfect way for our members to arrange to meet up for lunches or trips to local attractions. Now that we need to think ‘locally’ for a while, this is the perfect opportunity to make new friends in your corner of the world and do some local exploration of the beautiful areas where you live.
“We arrived as strangers and left as friends”, says a UK member who has set up a new Local Group in East Anglia. Three members met for an inaugural meet-up in Bury St Edmunds to make the most of their new found freedom and enjoy a little shopping and being tourists again. They are now looking forward to welcoming other local members in the City of Ely in September.
Read an extract from our latest newsletter to find out how our members are enjoying their membership
5W Founder, Dr Frances Alexander, 1935-2020
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our Founder, Frances Alexander, who passed away on 7 September 2020. We are proud to have been founded by such an inspirational women, who will be missed by the thousands of women around the world who have been encouraged to share her passion to spread understanding through friendship. In memory of Frances, 5W are planning to plant a tree and dedicate a bench in her favourite park in High Wycombe, in her honour. You can donate towards this memorial project from our Founder’s Page
Luang Prang, Laos
Shark Bay, Perth
Blue Mountains, Australia
Bury St Edmunds, UK
As soon as you join, you will have access to the full list of our members around the world – you choose who you might like to contact, whether you want to plan a visit or welcome someone to stay in your home. However you choose to use your membership, you can be assured of being part of a unique global friendship network.