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Save the Date!
Save the Date!
GCIV’s Annual Meeting and Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 PM

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
171 17th St NW
Suite 2100, Atlanta, GA 30363
This event is free, but you must be a current GCIV member to attend. Space is limited, and RSVPs are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Not a member? There’s still time to join! To join and/or RSVP contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404­-832­-5560 x 17.
Members Tell Us
Members Tell Us
"One of the reasons I joined GCIV was to have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world that strive to make the world a better place. One of the GCIV events I truly enjoy is the International Dining Experiences (IDEs). I’ve lived in metro-Atlanta for around ten years now and it wasn't until joining GCIV and attending IDEs that I discovered for the first time the unique restaurants within the city of Atlanta. These relaxed dining experiences (and great food) allow me to be myself as I get to know more about our international visitors on a personal level. I always leave the IDEs with a new piece of knowledge about the visitors’ country, language, customs, and culture."

— Jason Dean, GCIV Envoy Member
Join GCIV!
Who’s Coming to Town?
October 29 – November 2

Focus: Trafficking in Persons

November 8 - 13

Focus: Textile Industry Development

November 19 - 22

Focus: Health Migration

November 22 - 26
Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, and Saudi Arabia

Focus: HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention

November 25 - 29

Focus: Advancing Civic Engagement
November 25 - December 2

Focus: Integrated Planning Development
Georgia Gives Day: November 13, 2014
Georgia Gives Day
GCIV is proud to be a part of Georgia Gives Day, a one-day on-line fundraising event conducted by the GA Center for Nonprofits. Our goal is to to raise $5,000 that will go toward enhancing and expanding one of our distinct educational citizen diplomacy programs, Today I Met...

Today I Met... is an award-winning, unique education initiative connecting global professionals to students in Georgia’s public and private schools. The experiences for both the students and international visitors are incomparable, providing opportunities for each to learn from the others’ perspective, while introducing Georgia’s students to emerging world leaders, foreign affairs, first-hand accounts of current events, and increased understanding of different cultures and points of view.

Your contribution on Georgia Gives Day allows GCIV to realize our mission of creating valuable international experiences for our young citizens, and opportunities for the people of Georgia and emerging leaders around the world.

Please click here to donate. Thank you!
Donate here!
Global Lunch Forum
Global Lunch Forum
Join us for a special presentation by Dr. Robin R. Sanders, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria (2007-2010), and to the Republic of Congo (2000-2002). As a 20 year U.S. Diplomat, member of the Foreign Service, and recipient of numerous State Department honors and awards, Dr. Sanders is a renowned expert on Africa, Public Diplomacy, and unique African cultural practices and "communication expressions." She will highlight key elements of her new book, The Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria, share stories of her experiences in Africa, and discuss current events on the Continent, including the Ebola crisis.

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: Wednesday, November 12th, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Where: Regency Suites Hotel, 975 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta GA 30309

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP by 5:00 PM on Monday, November 10 to Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org.
RSVP here!
Global Partners
The Coca-Cola Company

D&A Transportation Services

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, City of Atlanta

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Ogletree Deakins

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Regency Suites Hotel

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia
Become a Global Partner today!
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Thursday, November 27 - Four visitors from Kazakhstan (accompanied by two interpreters) would like to experience Thanksgiving hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on "Integrated Planning Development: From Strategic Vision to Practical Reality" and are available at the time that you traditionally host your Thanksgiving meal.

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.
Dine with Visitors from Hungary and John Parkerson, Georgia’s Honorary Consul for Hungary
Dine with visitors from Hungary!
November’s International Dining Experience is Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 PM at Nicola’s Restaurant in Atlanta.

We are hosting 5 visitors from Hungary. Their program focuses on Health Migration. John Parkerson, Georgia’s Honorary Consul for Hungary, will co-host the event. The price is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. This includes an appetizer, entrée, a non-alcoholic beverage, tax, and gratuity.

Space is limited and you must RSVP to attend.

Click the button below to pay online and reserve your spot by Monday, November 17th. Reservations are required! Contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org if you have any questions.
RSVP here!
Remember a reservation is a commitment to attend. If your plans change, please inform us at least 24 hours in advance so you are not charged for uneaten meals. We look forward to seeing you there!
GCIVisits Iceland
GCIVisits Iceland
Click here for a look at the GCIVists delegation’s first day in Iceland.
Congolese Delegation Visits Marist School
Marist hosts visitors from Democratic Republic of the Congo
by Eric Rangus

Visitors routinely tour the Marist School campus. It happens nearly every day. Rarely, though, do those campus guests begin their travel from an ocean away. That’s something pretty special.

On Thursday, October 9, Marist hosted 13 officials from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They toured the campus, spoke with administrators, and sat down in the McDaniel-Sachs Conference Room for a Q&A session (in French and English) with Marist middle and high school students.

Marist School’s inclusion in the travelers’ itinerary is due in large part to the work of alumna Kitsy Smith ’06. Smith works with the Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV), which partners with the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the sponsor of the Congolese trip to the United States.

Click here to read more!
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during October 2014:
Consul ($250+)
Bethany Lane
Shell Stuart

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Irene Bailey
Judy Cantwell
Wendy Gamble
Shanta Knight

Envoy ($25+)
Doua Kue-Morris
Ambassadors Circle
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
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Ruth Hanners
Charles & Jenni Kuck
Robb Miltner
Barry & Tanya Morris
Michael Owen
John & Lauren Seidl
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
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities
Go Eat Give First Annual Charity Golf Fundraiser November 10
Don’t miss the chance to be a champion — compete in Go Eat Give’s golf tournament and support cultural awareness and diversity inclusiveness in Atlanta and around the world. For more information and to sign up to play or to attend the dinner reception, click here.

Churchill Exhibit at the Millennium Gate Museum October 3, 2014 – February 1, 2015
The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting will display more than 30 paintings by Winston Churchill, many of which have never before been publicly exhibited, and examine the notion that painting may have helped save Western civilization. It was painting, Churchill said, that helped him cope with the stress and strain of his political life, and allowed him to be productive as he developed his thinking about the rising danger of Hitler and Germany. For more information about the exhibit, click here.

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) Fellowship Application Deadline: November 23, 2014
SEE is looking for US and Russian citizens who have proficiency in both English and Russian, to apply for its Emerging Professional Fellowship. Selected fellows will work in one of nine thematic areas and spend approximately 4 weeks in the other country, participating in related work at host organizations. Please visit the SEE website for more information.

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 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. AFS is currently looking for a family in the Cambridge HS district (Fulton County) to host a female Malaysian high school student from January - June 2015. 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!
DRC Visit to Marist
IVLP participants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo meet with students in grades 7-12 at Marist School on October 9, 2014.
IDEs at Mezcalito's
GCIV members have an opportunity to greet, meet and eat with IVLP delegates from Pakistan during the International Dining Experience (IDEs) at Mezcalito’s in Grant Park On October 16, 2014.
GCIVisits Iceland
The GCIVisits delegation attend a briefing at the US Embassy Reykjavik Iceland on October 22, 2014.
GCIVisits Iceland
GCIV Board Chair Lynne Zappone, bridges two continental plates — at Thingvellir National Park during GCIVisits Iceland, October 23, 2014.
GCIVisits Iceland
The GCIVisits Delegation leaves its mark in South Coast, Iceland, October 25, 2014.
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