AC Greece is one of our newest field offices, thanks to the initiation of FLEX Greece in early 2019. Located in Athens, the country's capital and one of the world's oldest cities, AC Greece is primarily focused on supporting the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX), which is a program of the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
FLEX is a high school exchange that promotes mutual understanding between citizens of the United States and 21 countries across Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia.
Every FLEX exchange student lives with a volunteer host family for one academic year to learn about American values, attend a US high school, and teach Americans about their home countries. Participants return home galvanized and inspired to share their new experiences and positively impact their home countries and communities.
These alumni join a robust international network, supported by the FLEX Alumni program, which offers support through grants and professional development. Today, FLEX alumni work across all sectors, including government, business, nonprofit, education, and journalism.
FLEX was established in 1992 as the centerpiece of the Eurasian Secondary School Initiative under the FREEDOM Support Act. Former US Senator Bill Bradley asserted that the best way to ensure long-lasting peace and understanding between the US and Eurasian countries is to enable young people to learn about the United States and Americans firsthand.
Since 1993, FLEX has provided scholarships to more than 27,000 secondary school students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
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