You’re Invited

The International Friendship Club (IFC) is pleased to announce the start of another fabulous season helping local Mexican residents with their health and education and providing a place where Canadian and American ex-pats and visitors can meet old and new friends.
IFC has been active in PV for over 30 years. We operate our fabulous Home Tours every year and take thousands of visitors to extraordinary homes twice a week. The money that we charge for this tourist attraction is used to help support two dozen charities within Puerto Vallarta including our cleft palate program, the city’s main library, a couple of orphanages and a day-home for severely disabled kids.
IFC has just one employee and the rest of the operations are run by volunteers. We like to think we are good people, doing good work for good causes.
If you are a member of IFC or someone who would like to know more about us you’re invited join us for our first event of the season. The Opening Brunch will be held under the trees, beside the river at the very popular River Café. It will be held on Sunday 13th November at 10:00am and you are guaranteed that the buffet of Mexican and North American dishes will be mouth-watering. We will also be holding a raffle of excellent prizes. Tickets for the brunch are $250 pesos each and can be purchased online at, under Special Events, or from the IFC office, which is at the north-east corner of the bridge where Insurgentes crosses the Rio Cuale.
On that same evening of Sunday 13th November, you’re invited to one of the very special projects that IFC supports. Alas School of Song (Alas Escuela De Canto) will be performing in the main theatre of Stages at 7:00pm. The theatre is located on Basilio Badillo at Insurgentes (above Wings Army) and the cost of this live show, with about forty singers, and dancers is a paltry $200 pesos. “Alas” has been wowing audiences for four years with their wonderful singing and dancing.
The kids range in age between six and twenty and some of them would be unable to participate in this group if it had not received the support from IFC. It will be a great way to start your winter’s smorgasbord of live music and performance.
Hablas español? Do you speak Spanish? Would you like to learn or improve your grasp of this Romantic language? IFC has the answer for you. Our Spanish classes have already started and are held every morning on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Intermediate One goes from 9:00 to 10:00, Intermediate Two from 10:15 to 11:15, Advanced from 11:30 to 12:30 and Tourist Spanish from 12:45 to 1:45. (This class is for beginners, short-term vacationers and anyone else who just wants to drop in to check things out). The cost of the class is $75 pesos for members of IFC and $90 pesos for non-members. Our teacher this season is Adriana Bedolla who is returning for her third season and is hugely popular with her students. The classes are held at the clubhouse, at the north-east corner of the bridge where Insurgentes crosses the Rio Cuale.
On 29th November our IFC Home Tours will roll out the air-conditioned buses for the first time this season. Visitors are taken to 4 beautiful homes by knowledgeable docents who will escort you around some of the more beautiful homes in PV.
Tours leave every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 from the Sea Monkey Restaurant, located at Aquiles Serdan on the beach. Tickets are available at the IFC office between, 9:00am and 1:30pm on Monday to Friday, online at or at the Sea Monkey from 9:00am on tour days. The cost is $600 pesos and all proceeds are used to support local charities in Puerto Vallarta.

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John Warren
John Warren is in charge of Publicity for the International Friendship Club (IFC). His articles describe the programs and charities that IFC supports, the sources of income of IFC and the social experiences, lectures and classes that members can enjoy.
He splits his time between Puerto Vallarta and Lethbridge, Alberta. In the winter months he writes for the IFC, this summer he’s focusing his writing on the environment.