Welcome to FLAG
West Africa

Founded in 2019, FLAG West Africa is working with more than 30 years of programme excellence under FLAG International!

FLAG West Africa's focus is aimed predominantly at students in their senior school years in Ghana who would like to experience living in another country, attend a U.S. High School, make new friends, travel and take a year before returning to normal work or college/university. FLAG West Africa is an amazing opportunity to bring two countries together to promote friendship and global diplomacy!


Meet Tawheed Abdul-Raheem
FLAG Ghana International Partner

Where It All Began

Tawheed Abdul-Raheem is known in both West Africa and the United States as individual who focuses on growth and enterprise partnerships. Growing up in Ghana, Tawheed has seen the importance of offering global opportunities to local teens for education, travel, and global diplomacy. In 2007-2008, Tawheed was as an exchange student himself with FLAG International. After Tawheed's exchange program, he returned back to America to pursue his undergraduate degree in Computer Science. It is with this passion that Tawheed has formed an International Partnership with FLAG to form FLAG West Africa.

Reliability, Reputation and Proximity

FLAG combines experience, reliability and reputation in a nationally and internationally recognized and fully accredited educational organization. Attention is given to proximity and personality to all FLAG West Africa programme participants. As a participant of FLAG, you are not just a number. The size of each programme is limited in order to allow staff to get to know each and every student and host family. This ensures that program participants feel supported and inspired, which is what FLAG wants.

FLAG History

Since 1989, over 4,500 American families have hosted FLAG! Within these host families, more than 60% of students returned later to visit or the host family visited their students' home country. FLAG was founded by Mazi Cunha, a former Brazilian exchange student, with his American host mother (since retired). FLAG's commitment and passion for student exchange is evident in FLAG's ongoing development of programmes, services and charitable missions. FLAG is managed by a board of directors from their Central Michigan office, and is supported by a network of Local Coordinators and International Partners.