In this issue...

New Global Partner | Win Tickets to International Consular Ball | Who’s Coming to Town?
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities | GCIV Remembers Former Chairman of the Board
Airport Hosts Chinese Delegation | Community Connections
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

GCIV Welcomes Our Newest Global Partner:
University of North Georgia

"As the world becomes increasingly connected, the University of North Georgia students must have authentic cultural understanding and experiences required of a 21st century education. I am excited by the possibilities of a collaboration between the GCIV and UNG. Each day brings new possibilities and challenges as we pursue these international opportunities for our students. There is enormous interest from the world in our school, and I am honored to be able to provide leadership in making UNG known throughout the USA and world as a university on the cutting edge of internationalization. Through a partnership with GCIV, we can make these possibilities happen."

- John Wilson, Ed.D.
   Acting Director for the Center for
   Global Engagement,
   University of North Georgia

Win two tickets to next year’s
International Consular Ball!

Please help us close our membership gap! GCIV needs $11,000 in membership contributions before the end of our fiscal year on September 30.

Become a new member, renew an expired membership, upgrade your membership to the next level, or give the gift of membership during August and September and you will be entered into a drawing for two complimentary tickets to next year’s International Consular Ball — a $500 value!

Not sure about your current membership status? Please contact Farah Amir at

Who’s Coming to Town?

September 4 - 7, Egypt
Focus: Interfaith Dialogue

September 10 - 13, Iraq
Focus: Religious Minorities

September 14 - 18, Saudi Arabia
Focus: Aviation

September 17 - 20, Belize
Focus: 100,000 Strong in the Americas

September 18 - 21, Russia
Focus: Paralympics for Youth

September 26 - October 1,
Sub-Saharan Africa

Focus: Broadcast Journalism

September 28 - October 2,
Cote d’Ivoire

Focus: Higher Education Management

Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Thursday, September 19 - Five visitors from Russia 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 Paralympics for youth and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 or 3 visitors per host and will be accompanied by one interpreter.

Sunday, September 29 - Eight visitors from Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Madagascar, Niger, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, and Togo 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 broadcast journalism and are available at 5:00 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 or 3 visitors per host and will be accompanied by one interpreter.

Dinner hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. 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.

GCIV Remembers Former
Chairman of the Board

Cecil Alexander was a World War II dive bomber pilot twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, a prominent architect who helped establish modern architecture in New York and Atlanta, and a civic leader in the movement to desegregate Atlanta's public housing and businesses.

Cecil Alexander also served as Chairman of GCIV’s board in 1974, and again in 1986 and 1987. We mourn his loss and feel grateful for the energy, foresight and wisdom he brought to our organization. To read more about Cecil's life and accomplishments, click here.

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Welcomes
IVLP Delegation from China

On August 16, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials hosted a roundtable with seven Chinese visitors to share best practices at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. This visit was one of several in Atlanta as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The guests arrived on Wednesday from New York City and departed to Indianapolis on Sunday.

"We are honored by the international recognition of our programs at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and look forward to assisting our colleagues achieve their sustainability and efficiency goals," said Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Louis Miller. "As the world’s busiest passenger airport, we are constantly adapting to changes in the industry and an open dialogue with our partners across the world is critical to all of our successes."

Click here to read the rest of the article!

Seeking Hosts for Community Connections Participants from Uzbekistan

GCIV is seeking volunteer home-stay hosts for ten healthcare professionals from Uzbekistan who will be in Atlanta on November 4 - 24 for a program entitled Capacity Building of the National Tuberculosis Program for Uzbekistan. For details on this unique hosting opportunity please click here. For more information on the Community Connections program please click here.

To learn more about Uzbekistan’s vibrant culture, art scene, and unique history please read a travel blog about this amazing country here.

If you are interested in being a volunteer host or have questions, please contact Irene Bailey at

Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

Brazilian Day Festival Atlanta, September 8
Join the festivities and fun at the 2013 Brazilian Day Festival Atlanta, a community celebration to take place in the Mable House Amphitheater located in Mableton, Georgia. Click here for more information.

Fantasia Mexicana - Que Bonita Es Mi Tierra, September 14
In commemoration of the celebration of the Independence of Mexico, the Mariachi Universitario will be returning to Atlanta to present "Que Bonita Es Mi Tierra" ("How beautiful is my land") at the Cobb Energy Centre. This performance interprets the profound, diverse music and dances of Mexico. On this special occasion, the Mariachi Universitario will be accompanied by the astonishing International Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad Veracruzana and an extraordinary Veracruzan artist Ivan Velasco, who has taken harp music over the world, achieving a fusion worthy of the best stages in the world. Click here to purchase tickets!

Go Eat Give: Destination Korea, September 25
Escape to Korea for an evening. We will enjoy a delicious pre selected authentic Korean menu; hear about Korean-American culture by rapper/entertainer Kimyung Kim; & watch live Korean traditional drumming! Tickets include dinner, tax, tips, entertainment & donation to Go Eat Give. Please RSVP at

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers
AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host families for the 2013-14 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

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members
who have made financial contributions during August 2013:

Consul ($250+)
Maria Cabrera-McDonald

Attaché ($100+)
Gul Celkan
Shafik & Nolly Ladha
Ashley Mastin

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Kyoko Fujima
Maria E. Hobart
Maria Hoffman
Doreen Massell
Joyce Rennolds

Ambassadors Circle

Tommy & Tiffany Abram
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Kwanza Hall
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Charles & Jenni Kuck

Barry Morris
Roger & Alke Naik
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

Atlantic Capital Bank

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of
Economic Development

Kennesaw State

Kuck Immigration Partners


Regency Suites Hotel

Rialto Center for the Arts

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia

More From Last Month!

GCIV members gathered for an International Dining Experience
event at restaurant Double Zero.

Dr. Cécile Wendling, IVLP participant from France, meets with Colonel Blackstock of the Georgia National Guard (left); and with representatives of the Georgia Office of Homeland Security and the Georgia Homeland Security Task Force (right).

GCIV member Jacquelyn A. Morgan and family host IVLP delegation from Armenia for dinner.

IVLP participants from Armenia visiting the International Community School in Decatur.

Expand Your World

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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.


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