2015 Youth Exchange

Students from Germany will visit Peoria July 28th – August 16th. We are accepting applications for host families with students age 15-19 living in Peoria, Tazewell or Woodford counties. FIND OUT MORE

Adult Exchange

Friends of Friedrichshafen is sponsoring an adult exchange trip June 16-24. Members will visit Friedrichshafen, Germany and live with a local family for one week. For more information, visit our Events page or download our trip packet. You can also contact us to find out more. Not a member? Become one today to join us.

Memberships Now Due for 2015

If you believe in the mission of sister cities — to foster understanding and create international bonds — please become a supporting member or renew your support today. Download a membership form.

The Friends of Friedrichshafen is a private, non-profit organization located in Peoria, Illinois. We assist the city of Peoria's Sister City Commission in continuing, promoting and expanding Peoria's first sister city relationship with Friedrichshafen, Germany (pictured above and throughout this site). Find out how we go about meeting this goal, making wonderful lifelong friends, and having a lot of fun along the way!

The sister city relationship between Peoria, Illinois, and Friedrichshafen, Germany, was established in 1976. The Friends of Friedrichshafen assists in fostering a diversity of exchanges including cultural exchanges, teen exchanges, educational trips and internships, and adult visits and exchanges. When visitors from Friedrichshafen visit Peoria, we help plan events during their stay. We also sponsor adult trips to Friedrichshafen to offer members the opportunity to meet individuals and learn about the German culture.

While the sister city relationship is between the city of Peoria and the town of Friedrichshafen, membership in the Friends of Friedrichshafen is open to anyone interested in supporting the sister city relationship.


Eric Hoadley

VP - Membership

Lisa Horn

VP - Programs

Sue Ramey


Patrick Roesler




Troy Schmick

Youth Exchange

Patrick & Tammie Roesler

Entertainment of Guests

Tom Stanesa

Youth Exchange Alumni

Ryan Marquardt & Jamie Holben

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