Our History

FLAG was founded by Mazi Cunha, a former Brazilian exchange student, along with his American host mother (since retired).  As FLAG’s Executive Director, Mazi manages the overall operations and resources of the organization with assistance from a team of 7 other organizational leaders.  This team’s dedication and passion for student exchange is evident in FLAG's ongoing evolution of programs, services and charitable missions.  FLAG’s activities are also overseen by a Board of Directors, and carried out with the support of a network of U.S. Field Staff members and International Partners.

 

Reliability and Reputation

 

FLAG combines the experience, reliability and reputation of a nationally recognized and fully accredited educational organization with the "personal touch" and individual care of a small agency to offer all of its program participants the best of both worlds in the field of International Educational Travel.

 

Faces not numbers

As a participant of a FLAG program, you are not just another number. The size of each program is limited for the purpose of allowing staff to get to know each and every student and host family. Making program participants feel supported and inspired, that is the commitment.

In addition to the trust inspired by FLAG's small size and personal touch commitment, host families, students and schools are also provided the peace of mind of participating in a fully accredited and highly reputable organization. In its early years, FLAG achieved full accreditation status with the two main regulatory agencies in the U.S. exchange student industry:

1) Designation as an official sponsor of Exchange Visitor Programs by the United States Department of State.

2) Acceptance for full listing in the Advisory List published by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (C.S.I.E.T.).

FLAG has earned and maintains an impeccable reputation and track record with both agencies. In 2002, after serving in a number of CSIET's Evaluation and Accreditation Committees and chairing CSIET's Accreditation Committee for 2 consecutive years, Founder Mazi Cunha was nominated and elected as a member of the CSIET Board of Directors for 2 consecutive 3-year terms.