Foreign Lands Ambassador Group (FLAG)

The Foreign Lands Ambassador Group (FLAG) gives international students the opportunity to share their knowledge of international countries and cultures with local pre-school children and senior community members. In doing so, the program promotes international exchange, nurtures cross-cultural understanding and friendship, and strengthens the connection between William & Mary students and the local community.

Owing to the dedication and support of Rawls Byrd Elementary's Library Media Specialist, Viky Pedigo, the program has blossomed into a weekly exchange that allows our Foreign Lands Ambassadors to share folktales, pictures, songs, and other cultural interests with community members in an open and friendly environment.

FLAG participants either present at the Williamsburg Campus Child Care or Verena Reserve.

Williamsburg Campus Child Care (WCCC)

  • FLAG sessions usually last for about 45 minutes.
  • Class sizes range from 10-18 students between the ages of three and five.
  • WCCC is located on the William & Mary campus.

Verena Reserve

  • FLAG sessions usually last for about an hour.
  • Group size range from 10-20 senior community members.
  • The Reves Center provides transportation to and from Verena Reserve.

Suggested discussion topics for pre-school children include:

  • What is daily life like for children in your country? What do they do in their free time?
  • What is school like for children in your country?
  • What are popular foods?
  • What does your language sound and look like? You may want to teach them some letters, basic phrases, or even a short song!
  • Teach the children a craft, game, dance, etc. from your country.
  • Talk about an interesting place in your country.
  • Tell an interesting folktale or fairytale.

You may bring books, pictures, or other cultural items to show.

To learn more or get involved, please email [[globe]]