In this issue...

GCIVisits | International Consular Ball
Who’s Coming to Town? | Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
AISF | Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

GCIVisits Iceland!

GCIV members are invited to join us in Iceland on October 21-28. Click here for more information and details or contact Shell Stuart at

To become a GCIV member, please click here.

International Consular Ball

Last Saturday the Georgia Council for International Visitors celebrated our 33rd annual International Consular Ball.

Thanks to our fantastic and generous supporters, our silent auction raised over $20,000 for GCIV’s programs in the upcoming year.

Please click here to view photos from the evening in our gallery. Click here for photos of the VIP Reception hosted by Governor and Mrs. Deal.

To each of you who helped to make these evenings a success, please accept our deep gratitude. The funds raised through the International Consular Ball are absolutely essential to carry out our mission. With your help, we can continue to create valuable international experiences and opportunities for the people of Georgia and emerging leaders around the world.

Thank you again, from all of us at GCIV.

2014 International Consular Ball Sponsors

Georgia Department of Economic Development
The Coca-Cola Company

Delta Air Lines

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
InterContinental Hotels Group
Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business
Kuck Immigration Partners
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Popeyes Louisana Kitchen
Regency Suites Hotel
Siemens Industry Inc.

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Green Branches Consulting Group
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
J.P. Morgan Chase
Private Bank of Buckhead
Seyfarth Shaw

Who’s Coming to Town?

May 2 - 7

Focus: Innovation and Journalism

May 4 - 7
Various Countries

Focus: Trafficking in Persons

May 6 - 10

Focus: Public Private Partnerships

May 7 - 10

Focus: Penitentiary Facilities

May 8 - 13
Sub-Saharan Africa

Focus: Diversity and Multiculturalism

May 11 - 14
Southeast Asia

Focus: Regional Economic Cooperation

May 13 - 17

Focus: Leadership

May 14 - 17

Focus: Innovation to Market

May 21 - 24

Focus: Museums

May 25 - 31
Sub-Saharan Africa

Focus: Rule of Law and the U.S. Justice System

May 26 - 31

Focus: Conflict Resolution

May 28 - 31

Focus: U.S. Business Environment

Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, May 4 - One internet strategy consultant from France would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. He is participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on innovation and journalism and is available at 5:00 PM for dinner.

Monday, May 5 - Four law enforcement officials from Germany, Greece, Oman and Spain 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 cooperative efforts in combating trafficking in persons and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 visitors 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 or 404-832-5560 x15. Once you have signed up to host, we’ll provide a CultureGram for the corresponding countries.

FIFA World Cup™ Celebration with a Purpose!

Atlanta International Soccer Fest (AISF 2014) to take place on June 7, 2014

The Consulate General of Brazil in Atlanta, the Atlanta Silverbacks, SOS Children’s Villages, and the international community are coming together for a one-day charity tournament to raise funds and awareness for SOS Children’s Villages, to celebrate Atlanta’s multi-national soccer community and the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil.

On Saturday, June 7, up to 40 adult and youth teams will participate in a one-day charity tournament at the Atlanta Silverbacks Park. All proceeds of the tournament will be donated to SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest organization dedicated to vulnerable children. The tournament is open to the entire Atlanta community including businesses, bi-lateral chambers of commerce, consulates, cultural organizations, soccer clubs, and any other teams that wish to play.

Team registration is now open! Please click here for more information. For questions regarding AISF 2014 or SOS Children’s Villages, please contact Lora Sodini, at 202-470-5176 or

Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

Dine Out for Go Eat Give at Café Mezo!, May 15, 7:00pm
Allow the Istanbul Center (in partnership with Atlantic Institute) and Go Eat Give to take you on a journey through Turkey right here in Atlanta. Keynote address will be by Dr. Mustafa Sahin, director of academic affairs at the Istanbul Center. Ticket includes family style dinner, speaker and entertainment. Cash bar. Free parking. A portion of the proceeds benefits Go Eat Give, 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization that raises awareness of different cultures through travel, food and community service. To make a reservation, click here!

Summer Language Academy for High School Students
The University of North Georgia (UNG) will host the fourth summer language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in June and July 2014. The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a three-week residential program for students who are interested in an immersive intensive language experience, fitness, and exploring international-related careers with the federal government. For more information click here!

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 For more information, please visit

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers
AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host families for the 2014-15 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

More From Last Month!

Participants of the Joachim Herz Stiftung German training program for young apprentices
participate in cultural day at Stone Mountain Park.

International delegation of higher education administrators and directors
attending a meeting at Emory University.

GCIV members and staff enjoyed an entertaining evening at Figo restaurant with
distinguished visitors from Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria,
People’s Republic of China, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members
who have made financial contributions during
April 2014:

Ambassador ($1000+)
Alrene Barr
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Robb Miltner

Consul ($250+)
Randy Smith & Cynthia Rennolds

Attaché ($100+)
Rob & Suzanne Boas

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Olutunde Adetunji
Ivelaw Griffith
Josephine Maloney
Ron Richer
Byron West

Envoy ($25+)
Maria Ebrahimji
Sarah Volling

Ambassadors Circle

Tommy & Tiffany Abram
Marvin Banks
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Colin S. Brady, OBE &
Mrs. Susan Wesley-Brady
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Jim & Carol Dew
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Dawn Ely
Kwanza Hall
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock

Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Ruth Hanners
Charles & Jenni Kuck
Barry & Tanya Morris
Michael Owen
John & Lauren Seidl
Darren & Ann Short
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
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

Global Partners

The Coca-Cola Company

D&A Transportation Services

Delta Air Lines

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, City of Atlanta

Ogletree Deakins

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Regency Suites Hotel

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia

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 of hours to get involved.

Find out how you can get involved today!

Win a FREE GCIV Membership!

If you like GCIV, like us on Facebook! When GCIV accumulates 500 likes, one randomly selected fan will receive a free one-year Citizen Diplomat membership or renewal of their current membership for a year! You can also view images, upcoming events, who’s coming to town and post your own comments, thoughts, photos, etc.

Click here to like us now!

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.


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