August 2010
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Follow @GCIV on Twitter!
Global Partnership Opportunities
Delegation Spotlight
Study Abroad Boosts Academics
Host a GLF in your Office!
Host an International Exchange Student!
Attend Exclusive International Events!
Hands-On Exporting Workshop
Other Hosting Opportunities
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

August 4-25 Kazakhstan
Ten Doctors, Nurses, Government Representatives, NGO Leaders, and Prison System Officials
Focus: Management and Social Support of TB Patients

August 8-11 Kazakhstan
Four Finance Officials
Focus: Money Laundering

August 14-19
Southeast Asia
Eight Public Health Officers
Focus: Respiratory Diseases

August 18-21 Nepal

Eight Constituent Assembly Members
Focus: Grassroots Democracy

August 21-25 Japan
One Kyoto Human Rights Research Institute
Staff Member

Focus: Human Trafficking

August 29 -
September 1

United Kingdom
One Art Center
Associate Director
Focus: Art

August 27 -
September 1
Multi-Regional Project

Twenty-Three Visitors
Focus: Sustainable Development

September 1-4 Mexico
Five Library Representatives
Focus: U.S. Libraries

September 1-4
Dominican Republic and Haiti

Ten University Representatives
Focus: Higher Education

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Monday, August 16th - Eight public health officials from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on respiratory diseases. They are available at 6:30 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by interpreters. We will divide them into groups of two or three visitors per host.

Sunday, August 22nd - One Kyoto Human Rights Research Institute representative from Japan would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host in Atlanta. She is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on human trafficking. She is available at 6:00 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Please note: Home hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the evening of home hospitality. If you are interested in hosting visitors in your home for dinner on any of these dates, please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Global Partners

Atlanta Forum Network

City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.
Reece & Associates

Regency Suites Hotel

Sunrise Bank of Atlanta

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during July 2010:

Attache ($100+)
Bernice Maw
Richard Roesel and Dana Greene

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Ruth Blackstock
Charles Brockett
Elizabeth Coleman
Sharman Colosetti
Audrey Galex and Dave Schechter
Harlequin Gilchrist
Kwanza Hall
Rebekah Hoffacker
Patrycja Horodyska
Syed Kamal
Bill Kovach
Bobbie Kraus
Nicholas LeVan
Jorge Lucero
Amadou Ly
James C. Nobles, Jr.
Ingrid Reinhard
David Ross
Punam Sachdev
Sallie Stearns
Geoff Weber
Brad Whitcomb

Envoy ($25+)
Katie Read
Thomas A. Thornton
Ivy Willis

Ambassadors Circle
Nicolas Aquino
Charles and Nancy Bedford
Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
David and Beverly Clyde
Enrique Flores
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Jim and Carol Dew
Raoul "Ray" Donato
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols
Shell Stuart
Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Lynne Zappone

Lifetime Members
Hans and Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim and Carol Dew
Lew and Anne Hansen
Betty Haas
Alfred and Evelyn Messer
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George and Judy Varga

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Did you know THE EXCHANGE reaches thousands of industry decision makers in the state of Georgia and across the globe? As a GCIV Global Partner, your business, institution, or organization's logo and website link could be featured prominently across the top of this newsletter. Please contact Shell Stuart or Irene Bailey to find out more about Global Partnership opportunities.

Delegation Spotlight

Members Only Reception at Invesco

In July, GCIV had the pleasure of hosting a Caribbean delegation of bank representatives. The delegates represented four different countries: The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. They were participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program focusing on financial systems. During their visit, the group examined and discussed some of the root causes of the global financial crisis and its implications on U.S.-Caribbean financial relations.

While in Atlanta, the Caribbean delegation met with representatives from Invesco, the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. The delegation also enjoyed networking with GCIV Members at a Members Only Reception hosted at the beautiful Midtown offices of Invesco. The Jamaican delegate, Dwight Jackson, is pictured above with GCIV Ambassadors Circle member Rosie Davidson and GCIV staff member Emily O'Harris.

Worth Repeating: Study Abroad Can Boost Academics

Study AbroadKnow a student who is studying abroad this summer? Chances are, they'll have a higher GPA and graduate sooner according to a new study by the University of Georgia. A ten-year examination of students across the 35-institution University System of Georgia uses control groups to show that study abroad helps boost academic performance. Study abroad programs also give participating students improved knowledge of cultural practices and context.

This article was published in the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) e-newsletter. Click here to read more about the study.

Host a Global Lunch Forum at Your Office!

GCIV Global Lunch Forum

Would you like to attend a Global Lunch Forum but can't make it downtown? Let us bring a Global Lunch Forum to you!

Global Lunch Forums offer a casual, roundtable discussion format over lunch with one or more of our international visitors. Participants hear first-hand accounts of current events abroad from distinguished guests and have the opportunity to share opinions about local and international issues.

GCIV is looking for hosts across the metro-Atlanta area! Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 if you are interested in hosting a Global Lunch Forum or would like more information.

Host an International Exchange Student!

International StudentGCIV frequently receives requests from local colleges and universities with ESL programs to help locate host families for international students. Students are in Atlanta for language programs ranging from four weeks to a year or longer. If you have a spare room, are close to MARTA, and would like to host an international college student in your home, please contact Irene Bailey at 404-832-5560 x 13 and we will add you to our roster of hosts. We can then be in touch when opportunities arise in your area. Please note that at this time we can only assist in making introductions; hosts and students should come to their own agreement regarding rent, house rules, etc.

Want to Attend Exclusive International Events?

Members Only Reception

Become a member of GCIV today! GCIV's membership is critical to the success of our organization, as it serves as an important indicator of community support for the U.S. Department of State and other agencies that rely on us to arrange programs for hundreds of international visitors each year. Becoming a member is easy and offers perks like exclusive members only receptions and home hospitality opportunities. Visit our membership page or contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 for more information. Make a tax-deductible contribution toward international understanding today!

Hands-On Exporting: How You Can Benefit from a Global Economy

Presented by Georgia State University (GSU) and Georgia Chamber of Commerce, learn how to assess your export readiness and take your business global in this hands-on workshop. Gain a basic understanding of the role of exporting in a global economy and the steps involved in the exporting process. The workshop is September 1, 2010 in GSU's Student Center Ballroom from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and includes lunch and a networking reception. The cost is $45. For more information, visit

Other Hosting Opportunities

International Student Exchange
International Student Exchange (ISE), a non-profit U.S. State Department-approved exchange program, is looking for local volunteer host families for incoming high school exchange students for the 2011-2012 academic year. The students come from 55 countries, speak English, and come with spending money and full insurance. If you are interested, please contact Cindy, ISE Representative, at 404-264-4639 or

Upcoming GCIV Events

Friday, August 6th, 6:30 - 11:00 PM
Envoy: Martinis & IMAX
Join GCIV members and staff for Martinis & IMAX at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30307. Enjoy cool cocktails, stunning films, live music, and creative cuisine beneath the world's largest dinosaurs! A delegation of ten Kazakhs focusing on the management and social support of TB patients will be present. You are responsible for your own ticket and drinks. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Thursday, August 12th, 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Envoy: Cocktails in the Garden
Join GCIV members and staff for Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. A delegation of ten Kazakhs focusing on the management and social support of TB patients will be present. You are responsible for your own ticket and drinks. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Wednesday, August 18th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
International Dining Experience
Get to know other GCIV members and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. GCIV's International Dining Experiences (IDEs) take place at a different international restaurant around the 15th day of the month. The meal is prefaced by announcements of GCIV's current and upcoming activities, as well as introductions of any international visitors present. Don't forget to bring a guest - this is a great way to introduce your friends and neighbors to GCIV! Reservations are required. Meet at Pho Bac, 4897 Buford Highway, Chamblee, Georgia 30329. We will be welcoming a delegation of Public Health Officials from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. The price is $10 per person and includes a medium Vietnamese noodle soup, a soda or hot tea, tax, and gratuity. Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Friday, August 20th, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Envoy: Jazz Journeys
Join GCIV members and staff for Jazz Journeys at the Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313. A delegation of ten Kazakhs focusing on the management and social support of TB patients will be present. You are responsible for your own ticket. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Saturday, August 21st, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Home Hospitality Orientation
Are you curious about home hospitality? Would you like to meet future world leaders? Perhaps you would like to know more about what types of exchange programs GCIV coordinates? If you would like to find out the answers to these questions and more, please plan on attending the quarterly GCIV Home Hospitality Orientation. All hosts, experienced and new alike, are strongly urged to attend an orientation. This will prepare you to become more involved as a citizen diplomat, and give you the opportunity to hear from experienced GCIV hosts and staff. Light fare and beverages will be provided. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Tuesday, August 24th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Human Trafficking in Japan
Join a GCIV international exchange participant from Japan for a lunchtime discussion about human trafficking. Our distinguished visitor is a staff member of the Kyoto Human Rights Research Institute. You can bring your own lunch at no cost, or order a boxed lunch in advance for $10. Registration is 12:00-12:10 PM, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Community Events

July 24th - October 3rd
Freedom's Sisters
The traveling Smithsonian exhibition of female civil rights leaders is currently at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. Freedom's Sisters is interactive and engaging as it brings to life twenty African American women, from key 19th-century historical figures to contemporary leaders, who fought for equality for all Americans. The exhibit is free with paid admission to the Museum. For more information, visit

Sunday, August 8th, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Edward Seaga Book Signing
The public is invited to come celebrate the book signing and launch of the former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Edward Seaga's autobiography. The book is titled, "My Life and Leadership: Volume 1 Clash of Ideologies 1930-1989." The signing is in Room 102 of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322. Contact to RSVP and for more information.

Thursday, August 26th, 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
AICC Annual Professional Seminar
The American-Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) presents its annual professional seminar, "Staying Competitive: Attracting and Growing Israeli Companies in the Southeast." The luncheon keynote speaker is Dr. Leonard Leiderman, Chief Economic Adviser to Bank Hapoalim and Professor of Economics at Tel Aviv University. The seminar is at the Selig Center, 1440 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA 30309. Guests can attend the entire seminar or just the luncheon. For more information, call 404-843-9426 or visit

Saturday, September 11th
Dancing with the HART Stars
Atlanta stars will perform to benefit Humanitarian Aid Relief Fund (HART). British House of Lords Member, Baroness Caroline Cox of Queensbury, will host the event at Daza Dance Atlanta. Baroness Caroline Cox is the winner of the prestigious 2005 Mother Teresa Award and the founder of HART. HART fights for people in forgotten lands who have suffered the effects of war and natural disaster and are often behind closed borders. All proceeds from the event go directly toward HART-US operations. The ballroom is ready and you will not believe who is dancing! For more information, visit
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

"We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. "
- Nelson Mandela