In This Issue

-Who’s coming to town?-
-Silent Auction-
-International Consular Ball-
-Community Connections-
-April IDEs-
-Expand Your World-
-GCIV Calendar-
-Youth Exchange Scholarships-
-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-
-The CASIE Speakeasy-
-Other Events and Hosting Opportunities-

About GCIV

The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to create valuable international experiences and opportunities for the people of Georgia and emerging leaders around the world.

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be globally engaged.

Who’s coming to town?

April 3 - 6
Focus: Coast Guard and Customs

April 3 - 6
Focus: Entrepreneurship Advocacy

April 14 - 18
Focus: NGO Management

April 17 - 21
South Korea
Focus: Corporate Social Responsibility

April 20 - 24
Focus: Student Services at U.S. Universities

April 24 - 27
Focus: Trafficking

April 25 - 30
International Delegation
Focus: Changemakers/Social Entrepreneurship

April 25 - 30
International Delegation
Focus: International Crime

GCIV Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Thursday, April 18 - Five business leaders from South Korea would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on corporate social responsbility. They are available at 6:30 PM for dinner and will be accompanied by an interpreter. The delegation may be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.

Sunday, April 28 - Five business leaders from the Slovak Republic, Costa Rica, Mozambique, Serbia, and St. Kitts and Nevis would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on changemakers and social entrepreneurship. They are available at 5:00 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.

Monday, April 29 - Six law enforcement officers from Chile, Croatia, Hong Kong, Israel, Malta, and Nigeria would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on NGO management. They are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.

Please note: Dinner hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the day of dinner hospitality. If you are interested in hosting or cohosting, please contact Emily O’Harris at or 404-832-5560 x15. Once you have signed up to host, we’ll provide a CultureGram for the appropriate countries.

Global Partners

Atlantic Capital Bank

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners


Regency Suites Hotel

Rialto Center for the Arts

University of Georgia

International Consular
Ball Sponsors



Atlanta International School

Coles College of Business,
Kennesaw State University

Georgia Power

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

InterContinental Hotels Group


Kuck Immigration Partners

Metro Atlanta Chamber


Regency Suites Hotel

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

Barclays Capital

CHASE Commercial Bank

Ernst & Young

Green Branches Consulting Group, LLC

Hall, Booth, Smith

RBC Capital Markets

Seyfarth Shaw, LLC



GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during March 2013:


Alrene Barr
Lynne Zappone


Bruce Cotterman
Danielle Fernandes
Jennifer Ragland

Citizen Diplomat

Amy Kelly
Karl Lehman
Nancy Jean Schiavone


Olivia Futrell

Ambassadors Circle
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Kwanza Hall
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Charles & Jenni Kuck
Roger & Alka Naik
Darren & Ann Short
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Ash & Jeet Thakker
Raul F. & Annie-York Trujillo
Jin & Yoko Yoshida
Lynne Zappone

Lifetime Members
Hans & Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim & Carol Dew
Carol Emmons
Lew & Anne Hansen
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George & Judy Varga

GCIV Trustees

Lynne Zappone

Yelena Epova,
Vice Chair
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

Bruce Hamilton,
InterContinental Hotels Group

Phil Handler,
Third Story Investments

W. Lindsay Davidson,
Immediate Past Chair

E. Miller Williams, Jr.,
Ex Officio
Ernst & Young

Alrene Barr
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Charles Bedford
Atlanta Council on International Relations

Gretchen Corbin
Georgia Department of Economic Development

Clark Dean
Studley, Inc.

Andrea Denny
International Women Associates Chair

Noah Downer
City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor

Danielle Fernandes

Jorge Fernandez
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Julie Bryant Fisher
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Yonni Kim
Arnall Golden Gregory

Charles Kuck
Kuck Immigration Partners

Renee Libby
Great Decisions Lecture Series

Annabelle Malins
Consul General of the
United Kingdom

Barry Morris
Kennesaw State University

John Parkerson
Honorary Consul of Hungary

Jennifer Ragland
The Coca-Cola Company

Arnaldo Ruiz
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Jonathan Sangster
Georgia Power

Darren Short
RBC Capital Markets

Bruce Taylor
Police Central, Inc.

Tiffany Trent-Abram
First Data

Annie-York Trujillo
International Women Associates

GCIV Staff

Shell Stuart
Executive Director
404-832-5560 x21

Irene Bailey
Deputy Director
404-832-5560 x13

Emily O’Harris
Program Director
404-832-5560 x15

The Bidding Starts Today!

Consul General of Haiti Gandy Thomas with
a painting he donated last year.

GCIV’s Signature International Silent Auction gives you the chance to enjoy fine wines from around the world, dine with consuls general, travel to incredible destinations and collect the work of artisans from other countries.

Once available only to International Consular Ball attendees, the auction is now online and open to all GCIV supporters. There’s something for everyone and items will be added daily so please keep checking back. Bidding starts today and will end at midnight on April 27th - the evening of the Consular Ball.

Your winning bids raise crucial funds for GCIV’s international exchange and global education programs. A special thanks to all our auction contributors and bidders. Please visit our site and register today. Let the bidding begin!

The International Consular Ball is April 27th!

The 32nd International Consular Ball will take place on Saturday, April 27 at the World of Coca-Cola.

This is Atlanta’s premier international event, bringing together business, civic, and diplomatic leaders in an evening of networking and celebration on a global scale.

Consider becoming a sponsor or joining GCIV’s Ambassadors Circle. A limited number of individual tickets (at $250 each) are available beginning April 1 and can be purchased here.

Contact Shell Stuart at or 404-832-5560 x 21 for more information.

Click here to see the current list of Ball Sponsors!

Seeking Hosts for Community Connections Participants from Uzbekistan

GCIV is seeking volunteer home-stay hosts for ten healthcare professionals from Uzbekistan who will be in Atlanta June 21 to July 12. For details on this unique hosting opportunity please click here. For more information on the Community Connections program please click here.

If you are interested in being a volunteer host or have questions, please contact Irene Bailey at 404-832-5560 x 13.

Dine with NGO leaders from China!

Join us for dinner with a Chinese delegation of NGO leaders. Price is $25 per person for GCIV members and $35 for non-members.

When: Monday, April 15, 2013, 7:00 PM
Where: Top Spice, 1529 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, 404-685-9333

RSVP by Wednesday, April 10, 2013 to Farah Amir at

Expand Your World

Want to get an insider’s perspective on places that you may never have even thought about visiting? The U.S. Department of State brings tens of thousands of international leaders, professionals, students and scholars to this country every year from more than 160 countries. It only takes a couple hours to get involved. Find out how you can get involved today!

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U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange Scholarships for U.S. High School Students

It’s that time of year again when the U.S Department of State is looking for some great high school students to study abroad on their Youth Programs scholarships.

The application deadlines vary, so click on the name of each program for more information and deadlines.

   • The National Security Language Initiative for
     Youth (NSLI-Y)
   • The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study
     (YES) Abroad Program
   • The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
     Program (CBYX)
   • The American Youth Leadership Program

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The CASIE Speakeasy

On the first Wednesday of the month, the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) presents a model language lesson and a different language each month at Speakeasy. The rules of the Speakeasy are simple. Instructors prepare a one hour lesson completely in the target language with no use of English. Then participants, usually with little prior study of the language but many multilingual, converse. Japanese, Amharic, Swahili, Dutch, Romanian, Hebrew, American Sign Language, Tagalog, and Latin are currently scheduled for 2012. NOTE: CASIE is currently looking for other instructors, particularly in languages not commonly taught in American schools. This is a great opportunity to promote languages and culture.

For more information, visit or email John Wilson.

Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers
AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host families for the 2013-14 school year. Whether you are in your 20s or 70s, have children or not, live alone or with a roommate, you are the perfect family for an AFS high school student! AFS has more than 60 trained Atlanta volunteers supporting host families and students before, during, and after the experience. To start the application process or find out more information, visit or contact Ruth Blackstock at 404-406-2917 or

Federal Service Language Academy
The University of North Georgia (UNG) will host the third summer language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in June and July 2013.The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a three-week residential program for students who are interested in an immersion intensive language experience, fitness, and exploring international-related careers with the federal government. Last year, 117 students from over 28 US states and three foreign countries successfully completed the FSLA. During the two three-week sessions, students will be immersed in intensive language instruction in First-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, French, German, Korean, Portuguese or Second-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, French, German, and Korean from highly qualified teachers, participate in a daily fitness program, receive career counseling from federal agency representatives (CIA, FBI, State Department, Homeland Security, the Peace Corps and US Armed Forces), and possibly receive high school credit for successful completion of the academy. Please visit for more information.

Ambassador Talks Dynamics of Diplomatic Service
On Monday, April 1, at 4:30 PM, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, director general of the U.S. Department of State, will address the dynamics of diplomatic service during a presentation titled "Meeting Today’s Challenges With 21st Century Diplomats." Beginning her Foreign Service career in 1982 as a consular officer in Kingston, Jamaica, the ambassador has risen through the ranks. She currently leads a team of 400 employees who carry out a range of personnel functions for the State Department’s 60,000-strong workforce. The Spelman College Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, Beta Omega Chapter, in collaboration with the Spelman College Office of the Provost, is hosting the event, which will be held in LLCII Auditorium. The discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-270-5627. Refreshments will be provided.

"Hosting Community Conversations" - Workshop
The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSG) are inviting people who are passionate about building welcoming communities for immigrants and refugees for a workshop. Please visit for more information.
When: Thursday, April 4, 2013, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (lunch provided)
Where: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Short Film Screening & Discussion
The Lutheran Services of Georgia is hosting a film screening and discussion this Friday, April 5. The film is about refugees in Georgia and is called America: By The Numbers. Please contact for more information.

Southern SME Forum
The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States invites you to The German Mittelstand Southern SME Forum on April 22, 2013 at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, TN. This business-specific event offers a platform to exchange ideas while building relationships with new business partners and offers the opportunity to gain insights on innovative business practices, in order to successfully strengthen your presence within the U.S. market. Please visit for more information.

Georgia Council for International Visitors
100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1560
Atlanta, GA 30303
P: 404-832-5560
F: 404-832-5568