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GCIV - Georgia Council for International Visitors
Thank You for an Exceptional Evening!
Thank You for an Exceptional Evening!
On Saturday, April 2nd, the Georgia Council for International Visitors celebrated our 35th annual International Consular Ball at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. The event, which honors the Georgia Consular Corps, provided a Roaring 20's Evening of fine dining, dancing, entertainment, and networking on a global scale.

Special thanks to our Ball Chair, Mrs. Alrene Barr, and to Honorary Chairs, Mayor Kasim Reed & Mrs. Sarah-Elizabeth Reed, for creating an exceptional venue and an extraordinary program. Likewise, deepest appreciation to our International Consular Ball Sponsors, and our Ambassadors Circle Members.

To each of you who helped to make this evening such a success, please accept our deepest gratitude. The funds raised through the International Consular Ball and its signature Silent Auction are absolutely essential to carry out our mission. Through your generous support, 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!

Please click here to view photos from the 35th Annual International Consular Ball in our gallery.
Visit Cuba with Go Eat Give in September 2016!
Visit Cuba with Go Eat Give in September 2016!
Join Go Eat Give, and GCIV's 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, or Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org.
Members Tell Us!
Members Tell Us!
"Involvement with GCIV creates fascinating arrays of engagement opportunities with brethren from around the world. I believe the key to enhancing the quality of life globally is education and broadening of perspective. GCIV is an intriguing avenue in this pursuit. I am confident the dialogue and interaction on an international scale reveals cultural differences sometimes misunderstood and the embedded commonality we share."

GCIV Ambassadors Circle Member and Trustee
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Who's Coming to Town?
May 5 – 11

Focus: Capacity Building for Law Enforcement Officers

May 15 – 18
Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia

Focus: Refugee Migration and Integration

May 22 – 25
Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria

Focus: Countering Violent Extremism
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Fulbright and IVLP Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
We're extremely proud of the GCIV Home Hospitality program. A key part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is giving emerging world leaders a look into an ordinary American home. While coming to Georgia to meet peers builds professional contacts, Home Hospitality builds friendship.

Your chance to engage with our visitors in the privacy of your own home is our best chance to have guests leave as friends. Home Hospitality means guests going home with memories of a delicious home-cooked meal, lively discussions, insights, and exchanges about cultures, customs, and families. Home Hospitality is where we all discover that we have much more in common than we have differences.

Here are our latest Home Hospitality opportunities:

Monday, May 9 - Seven (7) visitors from 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 "Capacity Building for Law Enforcement Officers" and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.

Monday, May 16 - Sixteen (16) visitors from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia 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 Migration and Integration" and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 3-4 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 emily@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x15. Once you have signed up to host, we'll provide a CultureGram for the corresponding countries.
Barbados Comes to Atlanta 2016
Barbados Comes to Atlanta 2016
(L-R) Mr. David Cutting, Barbados Honorary Consul Designee, Mayor Kasim Reed, and Dr. Edward Layne, Barbados Honorary Consul General, discuss Barbados Comes to Atlanta 2016 while enjoying GCIV's International Consular Ball on April 2nd!
When: Thursday, May 26 - Sunday, May 29, 2016

Where: Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

"Barbados Comes to" is an event held every two ​years to market and promote the best that Barbados has to offer in a selected City in the United States of America. This year it is being held in Atlanta as Barbados Celebrates its 50th year of Independence, in partnership with the Barbados Honorary Consulate, Atlanta and the Consulate General of Barbados, Miami.

Barbados Comes to Atlanta is an exciting weekend of "business and pleasure" filled with programs and events that establish and/or nurture relationships between business and heritage agencies in Barbados and in Metro Atlanta. Opportunities abound for the Barbados public and private sectors to combine efforts to market/promote products and services in the business, tourism, health, government and other service sectors, and to establish new business relations through networking. Barbadian Artistes, food and dance will also be featured, along with members of the Barbadian Diaspora coming together in an atmosphere that nurtures and strengthens relations and enhances their sense of nationalism.

For the schedule of events, more information, and to register, please visit: Barbados Comes to Atlanta...Imagine the Possibilities!
GCIV/Atlanta Selected as Hosts for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program
GCIV/Atlanta Selected as Hosts for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program
This spring, President Obama launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) to build linkages between young leaders across the hemisphere. In fall 2016, 250 YLAI Professional Fellows from Latin America and the Caribbean will have the opportunity to expand their leadership and entrepreneurial experience through fellowships at businesses and civil society organizations across the U.S. GCIV is delighted to announce that we have been selected to host 10 YLAI Fellows in Atlanta this fall!

The YLAI Professional Fellows Program is open to young entrepreneurs between the ages of 21 and 35, who have at least two (2) years of entrepreneurial/leadership experience, preferably with a startup business or social venture, and are a resident and citizen of one of the participating countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.

The application deadline is May 20, 2016. If you know early stage entrepreneurs between the ages of 21 and 35 from Latin America or the Caribbean who have at least 2 years of professional experience, please share this link: http://ylai.state.gov. Thank you!
From Russia with Love!
From Russia with Love!
GCIV's Executive Director, Shell Stuart recently traveled with an enthusiastic GCIVisits Russia delegation to learn first-hand about Russian culture and politics. Participants were treated to a briefing at the official residence of the US Consul General in St. Petersburg, where they were given a warm welcome by the consulate staff, and graciously hosted by CG Thomas Leary and his wife Rachel for a candid discussion on current US/Russia relations.

The group also had the rare opportunity to experience a private tour of the Hermitage, one of the world’s top art museums, on a day when it was closed to the public; to stroll down Nevsky Prospekt – St. Petersburg’s famous main thoroughfare; to visit the Church on Spilled Blood and St. Isaac’s Cathedral; and to enjoy a classical concert, featuring the music of Prokofiev and Beethoven.

The GCIV delegation then traveled on to Helsinki, Finland, where they met with staff at the U.S Embassy, toured the sites, and enjoyed dinner and conversation with a local host in a private home. A day trip took them to the medieval Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia.

Maureen Hurley, Director, International Visitors Program; World Affairs Council of Maine summarized the essence of GCIVisits, stating, "This is my fourth trip with GCIV and it's always been a remarkable experience. I've cherished the new friendships I've made and the insights into U.S. foreign relations I've gained."
Atlanta Council on International Relations May Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations May Luncheon
Wednesday, May 11, 2016: "United States and World War I"

Speaker: Monique Seefried, Commissioner, World War One Centennial Commission

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.
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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 April 2016:
Consul ($250+)
Honorary Consul and Mrs. Allpere

Attaché ($100+)
JFJ and Ada Almering
Honorary Consul David Cutting
Anne Hansen

Envoy ($25+)
Dynast Amir
Lisa Love
Faye McKay Clegg
Pamela Robinson
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
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
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
An IVLP European delegation of 7 visitors from Croatia, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland, focused on Refugee Resettlement and Integration, were thrilled to meet with Clarkston's Mayor Ted Terry, and to learn about the great work that the City of Clarkston and the GA Government are doing to support refugees, such as Refuge Coffee Co., a nonprofit coffee truck which aims to empower international refugees in the Atlanta metro area through job training and a love for good coffee!
More From Last Month 2
Renowned British photojournalist Dr. Lee Karen Stow, captivated the audience at GCIV's April Global Lunch Forum, in partnership with the Atlanta Council on International Relations, and the Sam Nunn School at Georgia Tech, where she presented her latest international photo-documentary project, "Poppies: Women, War and Peace."
More From Last Month 2
Members of GCIV's International Women Associates (IWA) were treated to the joyful entertainment and exotic belly dancing of Dilara, a multi-award winning Middle Eastern dance artist and delicious Turkish cuisine during their April meeting and luncheon at Sivas Hookah Bar and Grill.
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