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Foreign Lands Ambassador Group (FLAG)

The Foreign Lands Ambassador Group (FLAG) gives international as well as returned study abroad students the opportunity to share their knowledge of international countries and cultures with local elementary school children. In doing so, the program promotes international education, nurtures multi-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 and FLAG-liaison, 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 children in an open and friendly environment.

FLAG sessions usually last for about an hour. Class sizes range from 10-15 students between the ages of five and twelve. The Reves Center provides transportation to and from Rawls Byrd Elementary.

Suggested discussion topics 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 the popular TV shows for children?
  • What are popular foods?
  • What does your language sound like? You may want to teach them a couple basic phrases, or even a short song!
  • Tell 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@wm.edu]].