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GCIV - Georgia Council for International Visitors
GCIV Welcomes New Executive Director: Farah Amir
GCIV Welcomes New Executive Director: Farah Amir
Farah Amir (far left) with Shell Stuart, GCIV staff, IVLP participant Khalid Kasem, and humanitarian and activist Joe Beasley in May 2014.
While it was difficult at the end of last month to say goodbye to Shell Stuart, who has played an integral and invaluable role with the Georgia Council for International Visitors for more than 13 years, we are delighted to welcome Farah Amir, our new Executive Director. Farah previously served as GCIV Program and Membership Coordinator while completing her Masters of Business Administration with a Finance Concentration from Georgia State University. Farah also received a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management, a Certificate in Marketing, and a Minor in Spanish from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition, she earned a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Hospitality Operations from Georgia State University. Farah spent the last several months working in marketing strategy for The Home Depot before rejoining the GCIV family.

In Farah's words, "Over three years ago when I was first introduced to this organization, I knew I had found something special. Being a child of parents of two distinct international cultures, I have always been especially interested in cultural awareness, sensitivity, but mostly empowerment. It is my passionate belief that everyone in this world has a valuable perspective, and that we are all better for embracing the differences between us. GCIV offers Georgia access to the most fascinating people that I have had the pleasure of meeting. During my time with GCIV, I had the privilege of taking a central role in the wonderful things that can happen when we engage in cultural exchange. It is with great honor that I look forward to continuing the incredible work for citizen diplomacy this organization has been accomplishing for over 54 years."

As GCIV transitions from Shell Stuart's capable hands to Farah Amir's, we welcome her and look forward to a bright future.
Members Tell Us!
Members Tell Us!
"The interaction of dinner hosting, international travel, IDEs [International Dining Experiences] and home hosting with Open World for GCIV has given us the ability to expand upon various global and cultural relationships. We appreciate this opportunity to broaden our horizons and become involved with distinguished international leaders to enable us to perceive and have a better knowledge of foreign countries."

Special Friends, Vicki Van Der Hoek and Xaleon (Leon) Shields, GCIV Citizen Diplomat Members
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Visit Cuba with Go Eat Give in September 2016!
Visit Cuba with Go Eat Give in September 2016!
Join Go Eat Give, and former GCIV Executive Director, Shell Stuart on a journey to Cuba, September 17-24.

Relive history and explore the treasures of "real Cuba," with it's old classic 1950's Cadillacs and elegant Spanish colonial homes. Dine in unique private home restaurants where generations of women have served family recipes to small groups of customers. The 7-day schedule includes stays in Havana and Trinidad, a visit to Hemingway's house, salsa dancing lesson, cigar factory tour, volunteer work, meals at public and private restaurants and time to shop and explore. For more information please contact: Go Eat Give info@goeatgive.com, phone: (678) 744-8306.
Who's Coming to Town?
June 22 - 25

Focus: Refugee Resettlement
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Fulbright and IVLP 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 and embrace a more globally-engaged life.

Here is our latest Home Hospitality opportunity:

Thursday, June 23 - Eleven (11) visitors from Portugal (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 "Refugee Resettlement" and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 4 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 cohosting, 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.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Invites you to "Day of Action: Atlanta"
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Invites you to "Day of Action: Atlanta"
Atlanta is proud to be hosting the 2016 convening of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Meeting on June 12-14, bringing together over 1,000 leaders from business, non-profits, foundations, and government to develop collaborative solutions that seek to encourage economic growth, support long-term competitiveness, and increase opportunity in the United States.

Preceding CGI America, on Saturday, June 11, the Clinton Foundation and the City of Atlanta will be co-hosting a "Day of Action," which will gather about 700 volunteers around six projects across town. This year’s theme will focus on food access and security, and will include the participation of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Atlanta BeltLine, Centers of Hope as well as other local partners.

Transportation to the project sites will be provided from Historic Fourth Ward Park (680 Dallas Street Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia 30308). Check-in opens at 7:45 a.m. and the kick-off program will follow at 8:30 a.m. We plan on departing project sites at approximately 1:30 p.m. Lunch and water will be provided.

For more information, and to register, please visit: Day of Action: Atlanta.
Atlanta Council on International Relations June Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations June Luncheon
Thursday, June 23, 2016: "Attracting Foreign Investment to Atlanta: Successes and Challenges"

Speaker: Claire Angelle, Director of International Affairs for the City of Atlanta

Time: 11:30 AM — Registration: 12:00-1:30 PM — Luncheon and Program

Place: Capital City Club, 7 John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 www.capitalcityclub.org

Cost: Lunch & Program for ACIR members $30. For non-members $40; Annual ACIR Membership is $50

Click here for Registration *Please Note: Prior registration required.

Questions? Please email alevin@atlantacir.org.
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
Become a Global Partner Today!
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 May 2016:
Ambassadors Circle ($1,000+)
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo

Consul ($250+)
Susan K. Craig

Attaché ($100+)
Robert and Suzanne Boas
Gudrun Chapman

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Pilar Amir
Elizabeth Bessonette
Silvana Cavellier
Susan Dalton
Betty Davis
Andrea Denny
Carol Dew
Sandra Ghai
Gail Goodwin
Judy Hellriegel
Gundie Jahn-Held
Bobbi Kornblit
Birgit Kraemer
Beth Kroger
Kristin Lindsey
Francine Lowe
Faye McKay Clegg
Sandra McQueen
Eva Mihaly-Kiss
Elizabeth Munson
Bjorg Olafsdottir
Harshika Patel
Maria Ponce de Leon
Fay Selvage
Helga Siegel
Sheila Strong
Jeet Thakker
Goga Vukotic
Carole Walton
Carol Wien
Parveen Yusufji
Durshi Zoberi

Envoy ($25+)
Nya Abernathy
Kyle Artz
Mary Joyce Bacon
Ambassadors Circle
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
Host a Russian Undergraduate Student! American Councils is looking for families and individuals to host Russian undergraduates studying at during the 2016-17 academic year on a competitive scholarship funded by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Designed to support person-to-person diplomacy and foster greater cultural understanding between our countries at a time of growing tension, the YEAR program (Year of Exchange in America for Russians) will provide full university scholarships to approximately 75 Russian students who have outstanding academic records, excellent English, and a strong interest in learning about U.S. culture. This year's top scholarship recipients will study in the U.S. from August 2016 to June 2017, and host families near Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia are specifically requested. Families and individuals as diverse as America itself can host YEAR students. We ask only that they be open to new cultural perspectives and ready to help a young student adapt to life abroad while providing a comfortable bed, a quiet place to study, daily meals, and friendly conversation. No one changes the world the way host families do. Would you like to join the ranks of our most important ambassadors? For more information, write us at year@americancouncils.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 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 1
Members of GCIV's International Women Associates (IWA) enjoy a riveting talk during their May meeting by world traveler, Anagha Srinivasan, who spoke about the "Life of a Nomad," at the beautiful garden home of Jean Astrop.
More From Last Month 2
Our IVLP delegation from Nigeria, who were in Atlanta to discuss "Capacity Building for Law Enforcement Officers," were extremely appreciative and impressed during their meeting with the Atlanta Police Department High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force Representatives.
More From Last Month 3
Sixteen IVLP visitors from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, engaged in stimulating discussions focused on "Refugee Migration and Integration" at the Clarkston Community Center during their meetings in Atlanta with some of our top agencies and professionals addressing this very high priority issue.
Expand Your World

Expand Your World

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