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GCIV Presents: Bowling League of Nations | Save the Date! Members Only and YLAI Welcome Reception | Members Tell Us! | Who's Coming to Town? | International Dining Experience | Dinner Hospitality Opportunities | GCIV Welcomes New Team Member! | Other Events and Hosting Opportunities | More From Last Month
GCIV Presents: The 2nd Annual Bowling League of Nations
There's only a few more weeks to spare before we crown this year's winners at the 2nd annual Bowling League of Nations!
Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Midtown Bowl, 1936 Piedmont Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Don't miss this FUNtastic opportunity to join last year's champions, and to bowl us over with your creativity, team spirit, and skill (or lack thereof!)
GCIV Presents: The 2nd Annual Bowling League of Nations
(Clockwise from top left) Best Team Name: Ireland's "Electric Leprechauns", Best Team Style: Germany's "HL3G Happy Go Lucky German Roller Girls", Best Team Spirit: USA's "OneATL USA", Highest Scoring Team: Denmark's "The Danish Baconators"
Go ahead! Make that universal declaration, and perhaps history too, as you join the ranks of GCIV's Bowling League of Nations' unsung heroes on September 17 at Midtown Bowl!

Choose the nation you wish to represent or ask us to assign you to a team. There will only be one team per country, so be sure to sign-up early before someone else reserves the country you want!

At the end of the friendly tournament, awards will be given for such achievements as: Highest Team Score • Lowest Team Score • Best Team Style • Best Team Spirit • Lowest Individual Score • Highest Individual Score.

To reserve your country, or if you have questions, please contact Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org or phone (404) 832-5560 x17.
Interested in event sponsorship opportunities? Please contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or phone: (404) 832-5560 x 21.
Special Thanks to our Platinum Sponsor:

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Save the Date! YLAI Welcome and Members Only Reception
Save the Date! YLAI Welcome and Members Only Reception
Please join us for an exclusive reception to welcome ten (10) young business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean who will be visiting Atlanta to participate in a four-week fellowship through the U.S. Department of State's Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program. We are also delighted to extend a warm GCIV welcome at the reception to the YLAI Fellows' U.S. counterparts from relevant businesses and start-ups, non-governmental organizations, and similar entities in Atlanta who have generously volunteered to serve as Fellowship Hosts.

When: Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

RSVP: Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org or phone: 404-832-5560 x17

This is a free event, but you must be a current GCIV member and RSVP to attend. Space is limited. RSVPs are confirmed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Not a member? Unsure about your membership status? Please contact Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP and to join or renew an expired membership. We will register you for the Members Only Reception at that time.
Members Tell Us!
Members Tell Us!
"GCIV keeps me up close and personal with the world. Good people come from everywhere, and through GCIV I've had the pleasure of meeting some of the kindest, most fascinating emerging global leaders, along with other members and international friends in Atlanta who have attended the many GCIV Home Hospitality dinners I have hosted over the years. Not only have I immensely enjoyed being a part of GCIV, but I am delighted that I've also introduced many of my friends to GCIV, who have also become active members and really enjoy all that GCIV has to offer."

— Janis Sundquist, GCIV Citizen Diplomat Member
Who's Coming to Town?
August 26 – September 1
Focus: Freedom of Speech

September 7 – 10
Focus: University Administration

September 13 – 17
Focus: Transparency and Accountability

September 18 – 21
Focus: Non-Communicable Diseases

September 21 – 24
Focus: Public Health/Emergency Response
Dine with Visitors from Nigeria!
Dine with Visitors from Nigeria!
September's International Dining Experience is Thursday, September 22nd at 6:30 PM at Sivas Grill & Hookah Bar, 794 Juniper Street Atlanta, GA 30308.

We are hosting 4 visitors from Nigeria. Their program focuses on Public Health/Emergency Response, and we invite you to join us to dine with them!

The price is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. This includes delicious Turkish/Middle Eastern appetizers, salad, entreé, a non-alcoholic beverage, dessert, tax, and gratuity.

Click the button below to pay online and to reserve your spot by Tuesday, September 20. Reservations are required!

Please contact Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org or phone (404) 832-5560 x17 should you have any questions or be in need of additional information.
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
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, recognize our similarities, and embrace a more globally-engaged life.

Here is our latest Home Hospitality opportunity:

Thursday, September 8 - Five (5) visitors from Egypt (accompanied by two 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 "University Administration" and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 or 3 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 co-hosting, 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.
GCIV Welcomes New Team Member!
GCIV Welcomes New Team Member!
GCIV is delighted to welcome our new Program Intern, Amanda Hardeman! Amanda is a 22-year-old Advanced Standing Masters of Social Work student at Georgia State University. She was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, and graduated from Albany State University in May 2016 with a Bachelors of Social Work degree. Ms. Hardeman is the oldest of four children and is a proud first generation college student. Amanda is currently pursuing her MSW with a concentration in Community Partnerships. Throughout her college experience, Ms. Hardeman has interned at many social service agencies including the Department of Family and Children Services, and Open Arms, Inc., where she provided hands-on case management for homeless, runaway, and abused youth. Amanda states, "I'm excited about my internship with the Georgia Council for International Visitors because the organization has a community and international-level focus, which offers a new experience for me. I am looking very forward to interacting with international visitors, GCIV members, and learning more about international policies and global issues."
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
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 August 2016
Consul ($250+)
Mercedes Delgado & Simon Beltran

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Kay Alvelda
Marika Barbalho
Ana Bartolome
Mercedes Delgado
Angela Flannery
Joy Gordman
Laura Hartzog Gilmore
Mary Kitchens
June Knight Shassere
Shanta Knight
Doreen Massell
Denise Steele
Erica Stevens
Vicki Van Der Hoek
Camille Yahm

Envoy ($25+)
Maggie Miller
Caltilia Richardson
Leon Shields

Ambassadors Circle
Tariq & Pilar Amir
Farah Amir
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
60th Anniversary Hungarian Exhibit​ ​to be featured at Arts Clayton Gallery​: ​Working with Mr. John Parkerson, Honorary Consul General of Hungary - Atlanta who serves on Arts Clayton’s Board of Directors, as well as local Hungarian leader, Andrea Lauer Rice, the Arts Clayton Gallery has been selected for featuring a special 60th anniversary commemorative exhibit made possible by a grant from The Hungary Initiatives Foundation.​ ​THE 1956 HUNGARIAN FREEDOM FIGHT: 60 YEARS LATER celebrates the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight in 1956 with a special multimedia exhibit of photographs, personal testimonials from the Memory Project, and personal artifacts.​ ​The exhibit will run from August 19th through September 28th during regular gallery hours: 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10 am to 4 pm Saturday. Admission is free to experience this historic and impactful exhibit. For additional information and scheduling tours, call 770-473-5410.

Alliance Française d'Atlanta is the French-American cultural center serving the Atlanta community as the premiere provider of French language and culture since 1912. For the month of September (and all year long!), they have many exciting classes, programs, and events planned, including: Rires & Chansons on September 16, Pajama Night on September 23, Sandpiper Bay Immersion Weekend, September 22-25, and European Day of Languages on September 29, 2016.

Teach English in Colombia! The Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship is a full-time English teaching opportunity in Colombia for emerging professionals. Benefits include a living stipend, health insurance, teacher training, ongoing professional development, the ability to gain first-hand experience in international development and engagement in the global Atlas Corps network of over 500 leaders from 75 countries! This English teaching opportunity is a collaboration between Volunteers COLOMBIA, Heart for Change and Atlas Corps. Eligibility: Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 50, have a Bachelor's degree (or above), be native English speakers or possess native-like proficiency, have at least basic Spanish language skills (we encourage all levels of Spanish to apply), and have an interest in serving in an educational environment (we will provide the methodology; you provide the inspiration and energy!). Apply: For more details about eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit: The Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship. Questions about the Fellowship? Please email us at infocolombia@atlascorps.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 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!
We​ ​​were​ ​delighted that Ms.​ Carol ​Grabauskas​, Deputy Director for the Office of International Visitors, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, ​U.S. Department of State​,​​ ​visited​ ​GCIV​ ​​in August, and that ​​we ha​d​ ​an opportunity to introduce her to GCIV’s Board of Trustees and supporters​ ​at a special reception​ generously ​hosted by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP​.​​
More From Last Month!
Our IVLP delegation from Canada, focused on Anti-Radicalization and Combating Violent Extremism among Youth, enjoyed a fun night at the Braves' game after several very fascinating days of meetings with some of Atlanta's premier professionals in this area, including Ms. Claire Angelle​ ​International Affairs Director​, ​City of Atlanta​, ​Office of the Mayor​, ​and Ms.​ ​​Houda ​Abadi​, Assistant Director​​ ​of the Conflict Resolution Program​ ​at the Carter Center​​.
More From Last Month!
​GCIV members and guests had a stimulating lunchtime discussion at August's ​Global Lunch Forum with​ ​​our distinguished ​IVLP visitor​, Ms. Allanise Cloete, Chief Researcher for the Research Program on HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB,​ ​​who spoke​​ ​about her work in South Africa,​ ​and ​share​d​​ ​her impressions and observations regarding how HIV/AIDS and the highest risk populations are treated both at home and in the​ ​​U.​S.​
Expand Your World
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!
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Georgia Council for International Visitors
Connecting Georgians to the World Since 1962
Georgia Council for International Visitors
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Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: (404) 832-5560
Fax: (404) 832-5568