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2nd Annual Bowling League of Nations | Members Tell Us! | Who's Coming to Town? | Dinner Hospitality Opportunities | Global Lunch Forum | YLAI Professional Fellows Program | Other Events and Hosting Opportunities | More From Last Month
GCIV Presents: The 2nd Annual Bowling League of Nations
There's not a moment to spare...the time to represent your country and bowl your heart out is almost here!
GCIV Presents: The 2nd Annual Bowling League of Nations
Back by popular demand, it's
GCIV's 2nd Annual
Bowling League of Nations

Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Midtown Bowl, 1936 Piedmont Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Attention Citizen Diplomats, Consuls General and everyone with an interest in striking up fascinating international relations: GCIV is hosting our second annual Bowling League of Nations tournament on September 17 at Midtown Bowl, and we'd love to have you join us for an afternoon of fun, friendly competition, and plenty of photo ops and memories to share for months to come!

Choose the nation you wish to represent or ask us to assign you to a team. There will only be one team per country, so be sure to sign-up early before someone else reserves the country you want!

At the end of the friendly tournament, awards will be given for such achievements as: Highest Team Score • Lowest Team Score • Best Team Style • Best Team Spirit • Lowest Individual Score • Highest Individual Score.

To reserve your country, or if you have questions, please contact Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org or phone (404) 832-5560 x17.
Interested in event sponsorship opportunities? Please contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or phone: (404) 832-5560 x 21.
Special Thanks to our Platinum Sponsor:

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Members Tell Us!
Members Tell Us!
"GCIV has become a part of my daily life and I enjoy volunteering my time to the organization. I have been involved with GCIV for over 6 years, currently as Chair of IWA [International Women Associates], and as a member of the GCIV Board of Trustees. As a member of GCIV, I have had the opportunity to meet VIP's in Atlanta from all around the world. GCIV brings the world to Atlanta and members get a chance to host them at their homes or to meet with them at Global Lunch Forums, International Dining Experiences, and other events. My knowledge of the world has expanded through my participation in GCIV. To experience the world in Atlanta, become a part of GCIV and donate generously."

— Jeet Thakker, GCIV Board of Trustees and Citizen Diplomat Member
GCIV Membership: Your Opportunity to Advance Global Business in Georgia!
GCIV Membership: Your Opportunity to Advance Global Business in Georgia!
GCIV Program Director, Emily O'Harris and Dr. Barry Morris, GCIV Board of Trustees Vice Chair, proudly display the Metro Atlanta Chamber's Global Impact/Global Partners Award, recognizing GCIV as a top player in advancing metro Atlanta's global ecosystem.
Through the generous support of members like you, for more than 50 years, GCIV has been instrumental in helping to build metro Atlanta's global brand by engaging our local community in citizen diplomacy. GCIV's International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) introduces distinguished delegations from around the world to the many unique economic, commercial, government, scientific, educational, media, public health, arts, cultural and non-profit organizations in Atlanta.

Learn about our various membership levels, the specific benefits that come with each one, and the more than 50 international networking and global learning events that we offer annually.

Join GCIV today, and impact Atlanta's global ecosystem!
Who's Coming to Town?
August 2 – 6
Focus: U.S. Judicial Systems

August 2 – 6
Focus: Countering Violent Extremism

August 6 – 10
Saudi Arabia
Focus: Interfaith

August 14 – 18
South Africa

August 14 – 17
Focus: Judicial Independence

August 26 – September 1
Focus: Freedom of Speech
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
We're extremely proud of the GCIV Home Hospitality program. One of the most influential parts of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the opportunity for these emerging leaders to be invited into an American home for dinner and conversation. While coming to Georgia to meet their peers builds professional contacts, Home Hospitality builds friendship.

After experiencing Home Hospitality, our visitors return to their countries with fond memories of a delicious home-cooked meal, lively discussions, insights, and informal exchanges about cultures, customs, and families. It is through this program that we celebrate our differences, recognize our similarities, and embrace a more globally-engaged life.

Here are our latest Home Hospitality opportunities:

Sunday, August 7 - Eight (8) visitors from Saudi Arabia (accompanied by three interpreters) 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 "Interfaith" and are available at 6:00 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 or 3 visitors (plus one interpreter) per host.

Sunday, August 14 - Ten (10) visitors from Nigeria (accompanied by two interpreters) 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 "Judicial Independence" and are available at 6:00 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 3 or 4 visitors per host.

Monday, August 15 - One (1) visitor from South Africa would like to experience dinner hospitality with a GCIV host in Atlanta. She is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on "HIV/AIDS" and is available at 6:30 PM for dinner.

Sunday, August 29 - Five (5) visitors from Turkey (accompanied by two interpreters) 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 "Freedom of Speech" and are available at 6:00 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 or 3 visitors (plus one interpreter) per host.

Dinner hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. To become a GCIV member, please click here. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the day of dinner hospitality. If you are interested in hosting or co-hosting, please contact Emily O'Harris at emily@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x15. Once you have signed up to host, we'll provide a CultureGram for the corresponding countries.
Global Lunch Forum
Global Lunch Forum
Join us for a lunchtime discussion with an International Visitor Leadership Program delegate from South Africa focusing on HIV/AIDS. Our visitor will briefly speak about her work in South Africa, share her impressions and observations about how HIV/AIDS is treated, both medically and socially, at home and in the United States, and engage in a Q&A with GCIV members and guests.

There is no charge for GCIV members at the Consul level and above. Fee for all other GCIV members is $10; and $15 for non-members (includes lunch).

When: Tuesday, August 16, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Where: Regency Suite Hotel, Magnolia Room, 975 West Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP by 5:00 PM on Monday, August 15 to Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org.
Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows are Coming to Atlanta in October!
Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows are Coming to Atlanta in October!
The Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV) is pleased to announce that it will host participants from the U.S. Department of State's Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program in October and November 2016. As part of the fellowship, ten (10) young business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean will travel to Atlanta and become part of the larger YLAI Network which will provide online resources and a space for young leaders to make regional connections. This is an important step in fulfilling the Obama Administration's commitment to cultivating entrepreneurship and expanding opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders in the Americas.

GCIV is seeking area businesses, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations to serve as hosts for the duration of the four-week fellowship. Atlanta is proud to work with grantee Meridian International Center, a premier nonprofit, global leadership organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Meridian is also proud to partner with Atlas Corps and Entrepreneurs' Organization for this program. The ylai.state.gov website includes information about the YLAI Professional Fellows Program.

If you or someone you know is part of an organization that would be interested in hosting one of these visiting professionals for a short-term work experience, and/or for more information, please contact Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org and/or Emily O'Harris at emily@gicv.org, or phone: (404) 832-5560.
Global Partners
D&A Transportation Services

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Global Atlanta

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Mayor's Office of International Affairs, City of Atlanta

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Private Bank of Buckhead

Regency Suites Hotel

Rialto Center for the Arts

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

The Coca-Cola Company

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia
Donate Your Appreciated Stock to GCIV
We are pleased to announce that GCIV can now accept your donations of publicly-traded stock. This alternative to making cash donations provides significant benefits to both GCIV and the donors, as it usually enables the donors to give more money to the charity than they would if they sold the stocks on their own, paid taxes on the gains, and then donated the remaining cash to the organization.

The donor can deduct the current fair market value of the stock as their charitable donation, without paying the capital gains taxes that would apply if they sold the stock themselves. GCIV benefits by receiving the current market value of the stock.

For further information about making a donation to GCIV in the form of stock, please contact the Treasurer, Bruce Taylor at brucektaylor@gmail.com.
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during July 2016
Ambassador ($1,000+)
Tariq & Pilar Amir

Attaché ($100+)
Dorothy Toth Beasley

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Margaret Alleva
Christa Burry
Jill Carlson-Miyakake
Lyn Coltman
Devyani Desai
Carol Evans
Linda Harris
Nolly Ladha
Josephine Maloney
Marianne McConnel
David Ross
Elizabeth Spiegel
Birgit Trabold-​​Dorazewski​

Ambassadors Circle
Tariq & Pilar Amir
Farah Amir
Marvin Banks
Alrene Barr
Charlie & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Elizabeth Etoll
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Brian Hooper
Robert & Vevonna Kennedy
Ron & Bethany Lane
Alice LeBlanc
Sharon L. Mueller
Roger & Alka Naik
Michael Owen
Ted Revilock & Ranjani Balasubramaniam
John & Lauren Seidl
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Flor Velarde
Jinkichi & Yoko Yoshida

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
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities
2016 Fulbright Gateway Orientation ​P​rogram​ Farewell Dinner at ​Kennesaw State University (KSU) KSU is currently seeking dinner guests​ (free of charge!)​ to eat with our Fulbright​ International Students who will be attending the Fulbright Gateway Orientation​ at the ​program​'s farewell dinner on Thursday, August 11th at 6:30​ PM​ on KSU's Kennesaw campus. In keeping with the Fulbright Program's mission to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, KSU aims to provide our Fulbright ​International ​Students with opportunities to interact with as many diverse Americans as possible during their time with us. If you are interested in attending or would like additional information, please contact Peggy Kiernan at pkiernan@kennesaw.edu.

Go Eat Give: "Destination ​Puerto Rico"​ Thursday,​ August 25 @ ​6:3​0​ - 9:30​ PM, ​The Industrious Ponce City Market, ​675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Suite 8500, Atlanta, GA 30308. Taste authentic P​uerto Rican dishes prepared by ​chefs Hector Santiago, Julio Delgado, and Andres Gomez.​ Buffet/Drinks/Music/Dance. Salsa performance and lessons by Academy Ballroom Atlanta. Tickets​​ online $45 at ​destinationpuertorico.eventbrite.com.​ At the Door: $55.

Teach English in Colombia! The Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship is a full-time English teaching opportunity in Colombia for emerging professionals. Benefits include a living stipend, health insurance, teacher training, ongoing professional development, the ability to gain first-hand experience in international development and engagement in the global Atlas Corps network of over 500 leaders from 75 countries! This English teaching opportunity is a collaboration between Volunteers COLOMBIA, Heart for Change and Atlas Corps. Eligibility: Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 50, have a Bachelor's degree (or above), be native English speakers or possess native-like proficiency, have at least basic Spanish language skills (we encourage all levels of Spanish to apply), and have an interest in serving in an educational environment (we will provide the methodology; you provide the inspiration and energy!). Apply: For more details about eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit: The Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship. Note: We have opportunities throughout 2017, however, our priority deadline to be considered for placement is September 1, 2016. Questions about the Fellowship? Please email us at infocolombia@atlascorps.org.

Fulbright Association, GA Chapter Do you have incredible memories from your Fulbright experience? Would you like to make that a lifelong experience and make sure others have a similar opportunity? We welcome you to the Fulbright Association, GA. chapter. We're an active, diverse group of academics and professionals, veteran and recently returned Fulbrighters from all over Georgia. We're passionate about international exchange and committed to ensuring that the Fulbright program is funded and healthy for future generations. We organize events for our 90 visiting scholars and students as well as engage in two national initiatives — Global Health and International Education. Please contact us at fulbrightga@gmail.com for more details.

CCI-GreenHeart CCI-GreenHeart is currently seeking volunteer host families to experience culture from other parts of the world. We have students from China, Mongolia, Brazil, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Japan, Egypt, West Bank and Israel for the school year, first or second semesters. The students come with their own accident insurance and spending money. Please Contact Glenn & Jackie Morgan for more information at 770-298-8313 or 770-246-9396 or email hostkids@bellsouth.net. For more information, please visit www.cci-exchange.com/hostinquiry.aspx.

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host families for the 2016-17 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 www.afsusa.org or contact Ruth Blackstock at afsgeorgia@gmail.com.
More From Last Month!
More From Last Month!
Members of GCIV's International Women Associates (IWA) along with their spouses and guests came out in full bloom to celebrate another successful year at their Annual Summer Garden Party!
More From Last Month!
Our IVLP delegation​​ ​of​ ​​u​niversity rectors​ ​from​ ​Ecuador, focused on University Administration, received​ ​a presidential welcome at GA Tech, Emory, and KSU as they met with their professional counterparts to discuss ​successful internationalization initiatives at higher education institutions, and best practices in innovation and technology application at universities.
More From Last Month!
​All systems were go, when our IVLP delegation from ​Brazil, India, Japan, Nepal, Norway, Saudi Arabia and South Afric​a, focused on ​Aviation were given first class treatment at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport!
Expand Your World
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Georgia Council for International Visitors
Connecting Georgians to the World Since 1962
Georgia Council for International Visitors
100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1560
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: (404) 832-5560
Fax: (404) 832-5568