The Georgia Council for International Visitors
builds relationships between the people of Georgia and rising leaders
around the world.
Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be
Who's coming to town?
Four NGO Directors and
Coordinators, One Bilingual Agent, One Youth Coalition Chair, and One
Focus: LGBT Rights
Executives, One Director, One Chief of Staff, and One University
Focus: Innovation to Market
Congressman and One Economic Manager
Focus: U.S. Political Parties
August 28 - September 2
Focus: The Transition Period: Justice and
Sunday, August 5 or Monday,
August 6 - Seven delegates from Mexico would
like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The
delegation includes four NGO directors and coordinators, one
bilingual agent, one youth coalition chair, and one radio host. They
are participating in the U.S. State Department's International
Visitor Leadership Program focusing on LGBT rights. They are
available after 5 PM for dinner, and will be accompanied by an
interpreter. The delegation will be split into groups of 3-4 visitors
August 10 - Five delegates from Brazil would
like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The
delegation includes three business executives, one chief of staff,
and one university professor. They are participating in the U.S.
State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing
on innovation to market. They are available after 5 PM for dinner,
and will be accompanied by an interpreter. The delegation will be
split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.
September 4 - Ten delegates from Israel and the Palestinian
Territories would like to experience dinner
hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes seven
youth sport coaches and instructors, two NGO founders, and one soccer
club manager. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's
International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on coaching youth
sports. They are available after 5 PM for dinner, and all speak
English so there will be no escort or interpreter. The delegation
will be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host. The Israeli visitors will
eat non-kosher options as long as shellfish, pork, meat, and milk are
not mixed together. The Palestinian visitors keep halal so they
politely ask that pork and alcohol not be included.
note: 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 email@example.com or
you have signed up to host, we'll provide a CultureGram for the
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and
members who have made financial contributions during July 2012:
Jorge & Elizabeth Casimiro
Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Steven R. Baldwin and Family
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosemary Davidson
Bob & Christine Davis
Ed Dreistadt &
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil & Raye Handler
Tim & Christy Hooper
Joseph & Adrienne Johnson
Doug & Mary Justice
Ryan & Jessica Lewis
Arnaldo & Michelle Ruiz
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
& Sharon Taylor
Ash & Jeet Thakker
Raul F. & Annie-York Trujillo
Miller & Carolyn Williams
Hans & Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim & Carol Dew
Lew & Anne Hansen
George & Judy Varga
W. Lindsay Davidson,
E. Miller Williams,
Ernst & Young
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania
Honorary Consul General of the Philippines
City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor
International Women Associates Chair
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Julie Bryant Fisher
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Arnall Golden Gregory
Kuck Immigration Partners
Great Decisions Lecture Series Coordinator
Alston & Bird
Pierson Global Group
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport
RBC Capital Markets
Annie York Trujillo
International Women Associates
404-832-5560 x 21
404-832-5560 x 13
404-832-5560 x 15
Community Programs and Technology Coordinator
404-832-5560 x 17
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy
"There are people-to-people initiatives, and I
have to say that the one request I hear consistently as I travel
throughout Southeast Asia is that people in this region want more
opportunities to interact with Americans and to visit America,
particularly young people. And of course, young people are the
majority of the people in the ASEAN nations. So I strongly support
Secretary of State
from her remarks at
the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
Selected for Cultural Enrichment Program
GCIV has been
chosen by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs to host Georgia-based Fulbright scholars for a series
a cultural events in and around Atlanta from September 2012 through May
2013. The program theme is centered on welcoming international Fulbrighters
to 'the New South' while they are studying at various universities
throughout the state of Georgia.
will include group community service and volunteer opportunities, home
hospitality with GCIV members and Fulbright program alumni, restaurant
visits, guided tours and cultural activities, attendance at various
sporting events, and participation in holiday celebrations.
learn more about the Fulbright program in Georgia, please click here.
Dine with Uruguayan Visitors at Pura Vida!
Get to know
other GCIV members and share your
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 every other
month. The meal is prefaced by announcements of GCIV's current and
upcoming activities, as well as introductions of international visitors
present. Don't forget to bring a guest - this is a great way to
introduce your friends and neighbors to GCIV!
16, 2012, 6:00 PM
Pura Vida, 656
North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
This month we
are hosting a delegation from Uruguay. Price
is $30 for GCIV members and $40 for non-members. For more information
and to RSVP, email RJ Paulisick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
for TEAM GCIV at Atlanta Soccerfest 2012!
all GCIV Envoy members! We're recruiting
players to participate on TEAM
GCIV at this year's Atlanta Soccerfest and we need your
help to take the Atlanta Cup! This 7-on-7 co-ed tournament will take
place Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, 2012.
Contact RJ Paulisick
at email@example.com for more
Ms. Eeva Heikkila experiencing home hospitality at the
official residence of German Consul General Dr. Lutz Görgens.
month, GCIV hosted Ms. Eeva Heikkila, human rights advisor to the
Council of Europe in the European Union. She participated in the U.S.
Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
focusing on rule of law. This opportunity allowed her to explore
opportunities for cooperation between U.S. and European Union entities
on issues of rule of law and international human rights and learn how
human rights policy is implemented in the U.S.
Atlanta, she met with representatives from the European Union Center of
Excellence at Georgia Tech, the U.S. Human Rights
Network, the National Center for
Civil and Human Rights, CARE International,
and the Human Rights Program at
the Carter Center. Ms. Heikkila also visited the Martin Luther
King, Jr. National Historic Site for a private tour of the chapel and
the King Collection and experienced home hospitality with German Consul
General Dr. Lutz Görgens (pictured above).
GCIV Blog: Perspectives of an U.S. Department of State English Language
is an excerpt from a narrative written by Mr. Toney Seabolt, U.S.
Department of State English Language Officer and escort for our
After a short
ground hold in Washington, D.C. and a pleasant ninety-minute flight,
Atlanta welcomed the Nigerians with balmy weather. The useful
Atlanta program began with 4th of July home hospitality and included a
host lunch and five meetings with eight experts engaged in historical
enjoyed 4th of July home hospitality with Nigerian-born Dr. Alphonso
Ogbuchi and his family and friends. Recent transplants from
Kansas City, the Ogbuchis had hosted IVLP participants in Kansas and decided
to continue their participation in Atlanta...
here the rest of Toney's blog entry!
Bids Farewell to Dean of Consular Corps
Consul General Görgens and GCIV Executive Director
Shell Stuart take in a Braves game.
GCIV bids a fond farewell to German Consul General and
Dean of the Consular Corps, Dr. Lutz Görgens. He has
held his post in Atlanta as Consul General since July 2007 and has been
Dean of the Corps since July 2010. An experienced diplomat and popular
amongst his consular colleagues, Dr. Görgens has not only
successfully promoted German business and culture in the Southeast, but
has represented the Consular Corps with grace and distinction.
Best of luck in all of your future
Towards Global Understanding
toward global understanding and become a Citizen Diplomat member of
GCIV. 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 and host hundreds of distinguished international visitors
each year. Becoming a member or giving a gift membership is easy and
offers perks like exclusive members-only receptions and hosting
opportunities. Visit our membership page
or contact RJ Paulisick at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
The U.S. Department
of State has launched a new interactive website to introduce the world
of diplomacy and the work of the Department to high school and college
students. Through the use of video clips, audio tracks, images and
interactive components, the site covers the basic questions about
diplomacy: who engages in it and where, as well as an exploration of
the range of international issues addressed through the diplomatic
process. Check out what diplomacy is here: diplomacy.state.gov/discoverdiplomacy/.
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The CASIE Speakeasy
On the first
Wednesday of the month, the Center for the Advancement and Study of
International Education (CASIE) presents a model language lesson and a
different language each month at Speakeasy. The rules of the Speakeasy
are simple. Instructors prepare a one hour lesson completely in the
target language with no use of English. Then participants, usually with
little prior study of the language but many multilingual, converse.
Japanese, Amharic, Swahili, Dutch, Romanian, Hebrew, American Sign
Language, Tagalog, and Latin are currently scheduled for 2012. NOTE: CASIE
is currently looking for other instructors, particularly in
languages not commonly taught in American schools. This is a great
opportunity to promote languages and culture.
information, visit www.casieonline.org
or email John Wilson.
AFS Student Exchange for High
Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host
families for the 2012-13 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 AFS! 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 404-406-2917 or email@example.com.