Welcome to FLAG's Smooth Landing Program
Since its founding in 1989, FLAG has kept the commitment to provide programs
uniquely designed for preparing international students for success in -and outside- of the classroom.
This year is no exception as we address Smooth Landing, the annual extended cultural camp for early
arrivals. Smooth Landing offers the opportunity to overcome challenges of jet lag, digestive issues from
jitters or new foods and other common concerns affecting new students upon landing in the USA. Even
more importantly, students gain invaluable insight, confidence and enhanced adapting skills to better
communicate, self-motivate and achieve goals. This positive transformation occurs before students
reach host families, schools and communities. Therefore, everyone is fresh and ready to make the best
With an 8:1 student to teacher ratio, the staff represents over 100+ combined years of licensed,
accredited teaching experience. These educators also have backgrounds in guidance counseling,
coaching, mentoring, interpreting and even as a high school principal. All are world travelers with one or
more fluent in Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Sign Language.
Classes begin immediately after breakfast each day. General instruction is given in the auditorium
before breaking into small groups for discussion, role playing, essays and exercises structured to further
develop written and verbal capabilities. After lunch, students join assembly for interactive engagement
through sports and performing arts (martial, dance, singing, recitation, drama or playing musical
instruments). Late afternoons and weekends our students merge with the American teens who are
studying on campus or attend planned events such as excursions to the beach, baseball games, bowling,
movies, shopping, treasure hunts, concerts or yoga sessions. A trip to New York to explore Niagara Falls
is always a popular favorite!