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Hi John: I wanted to say a big "Thank You" for the informative video update on your website re: Ukraine tours and covid situation. It's certainly been a "fluid" situation there and keeping up with changes in Euro travel and entry to Ukr are seemingly in a state of constant confusion!
I subscribe to the Kyiv Post online and from them I know that Western Ukr in particular has been hammered with the covid.
John, your video really helped put into perspective how AFA is taking important steps to ensure the future viability of tours and "one of one" meetings etc.
We just gotta be patient and we know that as soon as it's safe; tours are "ON!" If we decide to go on our own; the information is also helpful and very important.
I just wanted to say, well done! You are a great representative of a fine company!
Take care, your old client;
Good Morning Anna,
I had the most amazing time in Cartagena thanks in part to Leydys.
I will definetly recommend your service to others.
Thank you so much,
HI Anna and John, I'm sure you already know this but I just wanted to put my two cents in and tell you Larissa is so easy to work with and I am very happy with her personality and her responsibility with her duties at AFA. Thank You for this opportunity.
John I have been in Odessa since Saturday. I just want to say that Kate at the office has been wonderful from helping me at the airport with phone service to taking me shopping just now. She is very understanding and is treating me great.
I took a trip from Ukraine to Davao Philippines shortly a month after I was with Joe on the Odessa tour.
I ended up staying in Davao for 3 months. I did the Asia Club 10 day tour with the Davao office where I met and fell in love with a pretty 27 year old.
She made it to the USA with the help of AFA's immigration lawyer Laurie and we got married on June 5th 2020
I am very happy now. Thank you for your friendship and knowledge about the whole procedure.
This knowledge gave me the fortitude to see this through to 'til the end.
Stan just sent this photo in of himself with his beautiful wife, Mayla, and their gorgeous daughter Dorthy, and they recently discovered that they are expecting their second child together!
I have known Stan for many years and I will say that the road to his happiness was not a straight line.
There were many up's and down's, Stan had to go through a few different relationships, as many of us do, until he was blessed to find Mayla in Davao Philippines.
The one thing I always loved about Stan is that he was/is always positive and has a heart of gold.
He is the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. I also admired his perseverance, he never lost faith and was determined to find his soul mate, which he did.
I am so happy for all of them that they are now together and building an amazing, loving, family and I am proud that AFA had a small part in helping that take place.
Congratulations guys, can't wait to see the next family photo!
We spoke yesterday. I thought I would send a couple of photos from the wedding. We had to get married "online" because of coronavirus limitations. We were physically in our house in San Antonio, the judge was in his office or home. I dropped off the marriage license to the judge's office, and paid him online. Then the wedding was done on Zoom.com, and we invited a whole lot of people, in both the US and in Ukraine, who joined us to watch the wedding on Youtube. Because Iryna still does not speak or understand English to any great degree, since we communicate in Russian, I had to translate the judge's words for Iryna into Russian. But we each said our vows in both English and in Russian... She memorized both versions on her part...
My new bride is Iryna. Of course her profile has been removed from the website... We met for the first time on March 1, 2019, after only 3 letters. I was already in Ukraine. I think I told you, that I have airline pass privileges, so it costs me virtually nothing go to Ukraine... Business Class... And I have many friends all over Ukraine, but mostly in Kyiv and Chernivtsi. I cannot tell you how many letters I sent women on AFA, or how many trips I made to Ukraine, before I met her. But my current US passport is about 3 years old, and has 4 full pages of entry/exit stamps into/out of Ukraine. We just got her K-1 visa towards the end of February, and then got her out of Kyiv on a special UIA flight after the regular flight she had a ticket for was canceled. The special flight was to bring Americans home from Ukraine and Ukrainians back to Kyiv. They didn't want to let her on the flight at the airport, but a lady from the US Embassy in Kyiv intervened and she got on...
In the photo, I am in my US Army Colonel uniform. I retired from the Army a few years ago, but the uniform still fits, and she wanted me in uniform. There is a song in Russian, "The Real Colonel," that is a standing joke between us. So she wanted me in the uniform... She is wearing my mother's wedding dress from more than 70 years ago, in 1948. Both Iryna, now, and my mother, then, are/were EXACTLY the same size... the dress fit Iryna like it was made for her...
Look forward to further contact...
Wanted to drop you a note thanking afa and Tatiana for introducing me to Olga and assisting us with language and cultural barrier. She was very instrumental in helping us. Fast forward to oct 2019 Olga arrived in USA and we were married in December 9 If you need help with the tours in the future Olga and I would be glad to assist in any way we can
The January 2020 social in Kiev was great. It was literally wall-to-wall women. Standing room only. The socials keep getting bigger. There were probably 20 women for every man. Maybe 30. For the guys that were not sociable, the interpreters introduced them. After I spoke to a few ladies, the other ladies started getting jealous, and they started following me around trying to talk to me. I took 15 numbers, scheduled 5 more dates, and went out that night with two women in their early 20s who teach English.
Jon from New York
And Dina too!!!!
Happy New Year!!!!
I am having a great 2020!!!!
I hope that you are warm and this letter finds you well!!!!!
I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you about my 2nd trip to Costa Rica to see my lovely lady again this past week. I arrived CR last Thursday and returned home this past Tuesday. Jessica and I had a wonderful time together furthering our relationship. We have great chemistry together and as Forrest Gump said…â€ we go together just like peas and carrots !!!! We are not engaged…yet…but I did give her a promise ring, of my my love only for her. She has a US Visa and still has some time off of work, so she is going to come visit me January 22nd - 27th here in Wichita. I want her to see where I live, experience what it is like here in the wintertime and further our relationship with one another. We talk everyday on WhatsApp and she is wonderful lady inside and outside!!!!
I want to thank YOU, Gustavo, his sister, and everyone at AFA for getting us connected together.
I wrote many letters to other woman, two trips to Ukraine (no chemistry), but never wrote one letter to her…set up an individual tour with you, hopped on a plane and met her on a blind date for dinner and…well…here we are!! You guys are correct ct in saying… don't write letters…just get on a plane and go !!!!
As I promised you, if things continue to evolve as I think it will, Jessica and I will send you an invitation to the wedding!!!!
Thanks again for everything!!!!!
Ps: I would like to suspend my profile on AFA (I really don't think, that I need it anymore). How do I go about doing that????
Hello front desk,
You state you regret that you were unable to help me fine a soul mate. However, you did help me find a soul mate. I wrote one lady from your site. I traveled to your city office where they arranged for me to meet this lady. We realize that each of us offer what we are looking for and have actually fallen in love. I proposed and she accepted and we will be married this spring or summer.
So I did travel, however, not through a tour and your site gave me my soul mate half way across the world from my Northern British Columbia, Canada home.
Thank you. You have a success story.
Advice to other men looking for a soul mate and life partner/wife. I see comments on chats that the men are upset with having to spend $200 in a month for emails to the ladies. If they are complaining about $200/month they should not be looking to distant countries for a wife. I spent over $2500 in emails per month, within 1 1/2 months of starting writing I spent $4000 for airline tickets, hotels and extras to meet her. A man cannot budget cheap in finding a wife as a soul mate is priceless and extremely rare. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR MARRIAGE SITE - I found my soul mate/wife on it.
Good morning Anna,
I want to thank you for your help in getting me to Ukraine, and also to let you and the staff know that everything is going well. I landed here on Wednesday evening Ukraine time. I barely had a chance to change clothes before my first date with Inna. She is the main lady I wanted to meet. We have seen each other with the help of a translator every day since. Her daughter who is 5 years old seems to really be taken with me, which I am very glad of. The first day I met her she was acting shy, but when we got up to go across from the hotel for a walk, she took my hand not Inna's. I really haven't been this happy in a very long time. I have included a few photos.
Please also share with Dina, as she has helped with the phone translations before I came here. Oh and as for jet lag, I didn't have time to deal with it before we met. Inna was that excited to see me. I thought I'd have at least one day before we met. I only had an hour after I got off the plane. On another note, I have made her cry twice now. The first was do to a poem I wrote for her, and the second was when I let her know how I felt. we were sitting in the same seat in the hotel lobby so now she doesn't want to sit there. It's a joke we share. Oh and I don't think she ever noticed my shoes!!!
Thank you all again, and I will keep you guys up dated after I get back home on the 21st
Want to wish you a very Merry Christmas (both Christian and Orthodox), and a very happy festive season. We are both doing very well, and working hard (long hours, too), and we are happy. Raisa is currently waiting for her Green Card, which was supposed to arrive last week, but we are still waiting (ten-year). Hoping the rest of the holiday season creates more happy memories for you all. And if you don't mind, I like to give you all, at A Foreign Affair, a huge shout-out in congratulating you all, as you celebrate your 25th year of providing excellent service. The level of service that you have provided since 1995, continues to improve, year after year., while also educating people with the facts that are so important, to achieve that successful outcome. I know that your success will continue to grow, and wonderful outcomes will result. CONGRATULATIONS!! You earned it.
Joseph B. C.
The overall experience was good for me, I was relaxed, and didn't feel intimidated by anything in Shenzhen. The weather was warm, the people were friendly, my interpreter was amazing! (Lihong Rachel) We had fun going out for drinks and dancing at CoCo Park!
The overall experience was absolutely fantastic. I met guys that i am sure we will be friends for a longtime. I had amazing memories with at least 3 guys that is probably rated as some of the best experiences i have ever had. Due to this i understand why German\Canadians guys are so much fun to hang out with. I met about 3 ladies, and hope that 1 of them is the special one.
The only issue i have was the Kiev social event that became a bit crowded in the middle of the venue and i could not get from the one side to other side very easily. The lack of seating space also made it hard for me when i wanted to sit down and could not find anywhere to sit down. I think it would have been nice if we perhaps had a speed dating setup so we could have met all the girls from the venue and visa versa, as i thought i missed a few girls that others have spoken too.
I liked to Odessa social very much, there was plenty of space, very good lighting to see everyone and plenty of comfortable seating. This was the highlight of my tour. It would have been nice if we had more than 2 hours to transition from the 6 hour bus ride to the social event though.
Overall, i had a wonderful time, and don't regret anything, it was a BRILLIANT experience. The staff was absolutely amazing and helpful. Helen was my manager in KIEV, and was AMAZING in helping me with the culture differences of woman in the country. Helen helped me recover a relationship with my future wife when i thought i destroyed the relationship :)
Outstanding service well pleased with the tour
I just wanted to thank AFA and yourself for the services you offer and deliver. It was a wonderful experience meeting so many beautiful, intelligent, educated, articulate and hard-working ladies through AFA. All told, I made 5 trips to Ukraine and one side trip to Italy. I could give you the whole history, but to make a wonderful, but long story short, I have met a wonderful woman here in Wyoming in part because of AFA.
This past April, I was turning in my rental car at the Casper, Wyoming airport after taking a pre-employment physical for a job in Sinclair, Wyoming. You probably don’t recall, but I used the Odessa office to set up a short (3 day) visit in March of this year, so my Russian was at its best. During the course of turning the rental car in I made some comment in Russian. The lady at the counter obviously didn’t understand and I had to apologize, mentioning that I had been going to Ukraine to try to find a bride. She commented that “maybe we should date” and I asked for her number.
I got the job and subsequently began courting Heather. I credit the confidence I gained in my trips to Ukraine for how well I was able to relax and just be myself. We continued to date and are currently planning a trip to Italy in December. We plan on being married next March.
I truly want to thank you and all of the folks in and associated with AFA. I have to give credit to you, the people at AFA and most especially, the wonderful women of Ukraine. I’ll never forget Dasha, Nonna, Tatiana, Irina, Svetlana, Victoria and Natalia. My special thanks to Anna and Katya of the Odessa office.
Keep up the good work!
I joined the tour 12th to 21 Sept 2019: Kiev - Kharkov, lead by Joe. You can add me to the list of guys that is kicking himself for "not doing it earlier". An awesome cheers to Joe for keeping me on the right lines and well advised. If it were Joe and a bunch of dudes just going on a Ukraine pub tour I'd still be a happy man. Helen was my assigned date co-coordinator in Kiev. I never got round to thanking her more properly. She is a machine and spent some out-of-hours time organising absolute class dates for me. My objective of the tour was to experience something different, make a few pen-pals and start to have something in store for the future. Now I have too many women to stay in touch with, more flights booked to Kiev, and one has already visited me in Paris. If things dry up I would still come on another tour or just a social. And I would recommend the AFA service to my single friends.
All the Best,
I just got back from the Philippines last Wednesday and had the greatest experience of my life thru the Asian club. I want you to recognize Lota who works in the Cebu office who made sure I made it there ok and took care of everything while I was there and even when I got home she wanted to make sure I made it home safely. She also picked me up at my hotel so I could go to church with her on Sunday. I met lots of sincere, caring and loving Filipino women andÂ I narrowed to one special lady. I plan on going back in March of next year to spend some time with my special lady. Actually the whole staff at the Cebu office was great and helpful. Give Lota thanks once again I will stop by her office to say hello when I go back in March.
I Just wanted to say thank for the great event in odessa. I had a Wonderful time and i believe i met a special lady there who is going to be my future wife. We have spent 5 days in a row together on this Ukraine holiday. Once again thank you.
One of the most compelling stories we have ever been privileged to tell, Dave had lost both his wife of many years and his daughter to cancer just five months apart. Devastated and depressed, his family convinced him to get out, do SOMETHING! Dave tells his story about why he chose an AFA tour and what happened. Ultimately, Dave met his new wife Nina during one of our social events in Poltava Ukraine, which turned his life around.
Wanted to drop a line and thank you for the Medellin Tour. Those Medellin Tour socials were awesome! I had lots of fun and met 100's of girls.
Perhaps it was fate that the Peru Tour was lacking and the Medellin Tour was available, but, there is no doubt in my mind that AFA delivers as promoted. Excellent in every aspect.
Met a great gal in Medellin, spent my time with her during the tour. Went back to see her 2 weeks ago and she's coming to visit me in 3 weeks. It's going well, google translate is a hoot.
Dear John, I wanted to tell you about my recent trip to Kiev and the excellent help I received from your office staff. Particularly Helen who was great in not only setting up appointments with women for me to meet, but offered insight and perspective to someone like me who has never done this type of thing before. I originally came over to meet three women that I had been corresponding with and immediately the first two didnâ€™t work out at all. That left me with a number of days to fill and no plan. Victoria and Helen sprung into action and I have never felt more welcome and accommodated by people who barely knew me. Helen stayed in touch with me daily and sometimes hourly with appointments. She made the entire trip worthwhile.
I did meet several women and will continue to correspond with a couple of them. However my experience was so great that I plan to come back before the end of the year and meet some more women as I have yet to meet the future Mrs. Betzen. I believe in your company and that with the help of people like Helen I will find the right person. Iâ€™ve owned and managed several radio stations in my career and know how important great employees are. I thought you should know you truly have a great one in Helen and the entire office in Kiev
You have been extremely professional and helpful scheduling my Asian Club Tour to Cebu. I have called you and emailed you several times, and you have always been patient and supportive. Please forward this email to your direct report Manager and the President of your company. It is staff/people like you that place a real face on AFA. Your website is helpful but it is compassionate people like yourself that make a significant difference in this personal and important decision. I will call you when I return to give you direct feedback about my tour, thanksÂ again a very satisfied AFA member.
Jason, from Australia, faced many challenges in his lifetime including diabetes, going legally blind and a stroke. After traveling to Costa Rica, Ukraine and China, he found his true love in the Philippines. This video, featuring his wedding to Kimberly from Cebu, tells their touching story together.