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Immersion Programs


All FFI Immersion Programs include a cross-cultural trip highly tailored to the team's and individuals' interests and goals. These in-depth programs are our most comprehensive and based on our innovative curriculum and philosophy. Programs are spread out in three distinct phases (Team Building, Skill Building, and Community Building, described below), with home-based & virtual sessions before and after the cross-cultural trip. Each Immersion Program culminates with a participant-designed community action project.

Organizations, schools, and/or individuals must apply to participate in an Immersion Program. Current Immersion Program locations include the United States (New Hampshire and New Orleans), Northern Ireland (Annalong), and Belize (Boom Creek).


Please note that these programs are subject to COVID travel and health restrictions. We hope to re-introduce travel options as soon as is safe. Please contact if you have any questions.


Where will FFI take you?

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New England

The Raiche Farmhouse & 
Leonard Seagren Home

Programs in New England are often related to our Leadership courses.

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Gulf Coast

New Orleans

Programs with a trip to New Orleans can include any of our courses, but often have a racial justice focus.

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Northern Ireland

FFI Center at Annalong

Our Multiculturalism Courses are a good match for programs that include a trip to ou center in Northern Ireland.



Diane M. Seagren Rainforest Academy

The Rainforest Academy will host programs within our Ecology and Adventure Education courses.


Immersion Program Phases

Our Curriculum: In-Depth


Team Building Phase

During the first phase, participants develop their team identity and build a foundation for the rest of their program. Using FFI’s methodologies, they set expectations and goals, practice working together, and make collaborative decisions. All participants attend a two-day preparation seminar before they travel where the team creates their team name, logo, and slogan based on their shared values. 

FFI staff create Individual Leadership Plans (ILPs) for each participant using our multi-tiered analysis. This analysis informs the next steps: planning a tailored program, preparing and training team leadership and alumni, and customizing curriculum and program materials.

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How to Apply


For individuals that want to apply directly

  1. Apply! Fill out the FFI Program Application.

  2. Schedule Your Interview! All applicants will be contacted by FFI to set-up a video meeting to discuss their application and interest in FFI's program.

  3. Receive Your Acceptance Packet! Space is limited in each round of programs. If you are not accepted, you are welcome to apply to future FFI Programs!

Individuals will be grouped into a team with other individual applicants and the timing of the program will be determined as part of the application process. Individuals can complete multiple Immersion Programs and we recommend looking at all of our locations.


For organizations and schools to bring a group

  1. Apply! Fill out the FFI Program Partner Application.

  2. Schedule Your Meeting! All applicants will be contacted by FFI to set-up a video meeting to discuss their group's goals and program interests.

  3. Receive Your Acceptance Packet! All the information you need to start the program and guide your group through it.

Groups must apply through the partner application which is accepted on a rolling basis with a required six-week lead time. Groups can complete multiple Immersion Programs and we recommend looking at all of our locations.

Questions about the application process? Contact or call 603.397.5301.