Georgia Council for International Visitors
The Georgia Council for International Visitors
builds relationships between the people of our state and leaders
around the world.
Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be
more globally engaged.
Who's coming to town?
June 29 - July
Directors and Researchers
Focus: Public Health
June 30 - July
Focus: Arts Management
Focus: Cultural Preservation
and Mechanics Systems Projects Coordinator
Focus: Infrastructure for the Olympics
Activists and One Reporter
Focus: Equal Rights for Citizens
Focus: Journalistic Trade and Ethics
Focus: Traffic Management
Focus: Civil Rights/Interfaith
Focus: Public Health
Home Hospitality Opportunities
Sunday, July 24th- Six journalists from Kazakhstan
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 journalistic trade and ethics. They
are available at 6:00 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by an
interpreter. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups of 2
or 3 per host.
Wednesday, July 27th- One professor from Pakistan
would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta.
He is participating in the U.S. State Department's International
Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on civil rights/interfaith dialogue.
He is available at 6:30 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by an
Please note: Home hospitality opportunities are
available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide
transportation to and from the hotel on the day of home hospitality.
If you are interested in hosting any of these distinguished delegates
in your home for dinner on any of these dates or would like to
propose an alternate date, please contact Emily O'Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org
404-832-5560 x 15.
Once you have signed up to host, we'll provide a
CultureGram for the appropriate countries.
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and
members who have made financial contributions during June 2011:
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil and Raye Handler
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols
Darren and Ann Short
Tycho Stahl and Yonni Kim
Ken and Linda Stewart
Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Hans and Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim and Carol Dew
Lew and Anne Hansen
Alfred and Evelyn Messer
George and Judy Varga
& Young LLP
Medical Consultants International
Arogeti & Wynne
Council on International Relations
R. Britton, Jr.
Consul General of the Republic of Albania
Consul General of the Philippines
Women Associates Chair
E. Parkerson, Jr.
Consul of Hungary
Healthcare of Atlanta
RBC Capital Markets
Institute of Technology
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.
GCIV Blog: Volunteers have always been the Foundation of
This blog post continues our retrospective, compiled in
1998 by former GCIV executive director Anne Hansen.
Please be a part of our 50th anniversary celebration in
2012 by leaving comments about your GCIV memories, reasons for hosting
visitors, and beliefs about the impact of our shared work.
Mr. Bold Sanduijav, volunteering for Hands on Atlanta Day at
Centennial Olympic Park.
International visitors are constantly amazed by the
widespread use of volunteers in the United States and GCIV attempts to
build a volunteer experience into a visitor's program whenever
possible. The visitors have helped in soup kitchens, cleaned up yards
for the elderly, delivered meals on wheels to AIDS patients and helped
build Habitat for Humanity houses. The international visitors are also
amazed and initially suspicious that our GCIV volunteers, known as
"citizen diplomats," do all of this voluntarily just for the
opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss a wide range of topics with
Click here to read
some of the wonderful anecdotes GCIV has received from volunteers over
the years and the full blog post. What is your favorite experience
with a GCIV delegation or IVLP participant? Please contact Nicole
Rateau at email@example.com
or 404-832-5560 x 17 with your story/photo or share your
memories/comments on GCIV's blog.
Network with International Leaders from Around the World
Give yourself the
opportunity to network with international leaders from around the world
by joining GCIV as a Citizen Diplomat! 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-832-5560 x 17 for
GCIV Envoys Attend City's ACIR Meeting with Kwanza Hall and Consular
Council's Advisory Committee on International Relations (ACIR) with
members of the Consular Corps and GCIV Envoys.
GCIV Envoys attended the June Atlanta City Council's
Advisory Committee on International Relations. They were guests of the
Honorary Consul General of the Philippines and GCIV board member, Ray
Donato. The meeting featured a panel discussion by six members of
Atlanta's Consular Corps moderated by Councilman Kwanza Hall. Panelists
spoke about the important role they play in keeping their home
countries informed of political and cultural matters in the
southeastern United States and current initiatives of their respective
offices. They also discussed ways in which ACIR and the City of Atlanta
could support the Consular Corps and the communities they represent.
Envoy members were able to network and gain valuable knowledge about
Atlanta's thriving international community.
Envoy members receive invitations to exclusive
international events in addition to other Citizen Diplomat benefits of GCIV membership. Envoy membership is
open to all Citizen Diplomats age 40 and under. For more information
about Envoy visit www.gciv.org/programs/envoy or contact
Nicole Rateau at email@example.com or 404-832-5560 x 17.
Wednesday, July 6th, 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 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! We are welcoming a
world-wide delegation of CNN Journalism Fellows from Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Meet at Cafe Bombay, 1622 Woodcliff Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. The
price is $25 per person and includes a three-course meal of Indian
delicacies, nonalcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. Reservations are
required. Please contact Nicole Rateau via
phone 404-832-5560 x 17 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and for more
Thursday, July 7th, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
International Issues Forum
Discussion is themed around, "Dr. Robert M. Gates:
Eight Presidents, Four Wars, One Remarkable Career at CIA and
DoD." Free and open to the public. The event is at Villa
International (2nd floor of the library), 1749 Clifton Road (0.4 miles
from Briarcliff), Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Parking is available across
the street. For more information email email@example.com.
Saturday, July 16th, 7:00 PM
Bastille Day 2011
This widely-anticipated observance of the French National Day is an
annual fundraiser for nonprofit Alliance Francaise d'Atlanta, the
premier provider of French language and culture. The event is at Nelson
Mullins, Atlantic Station, The Terrace on the 18th Floor, 201 17th
Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30363. For more information visit www.afatl.com.
Sunday, July 17th, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Puppetry Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Extending the Domain of the
development of French puppetry over the past forty years with Lucile
Bodson, director of France's preeminent institutions for puppetry
training and research, the Institut International de la Marionnette and
the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette. With rarely
viewed photos and video clips, the presentation will explore the
artistic currents of contemporary French puppet theater, the process of
production and presentation, and recent initiatives of the profession.
A question and answer session will follow. The event is at the Center
for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring Street NW (at 18th Street), Atlanta,
Georgia 30309. SPECIAL TICKET OFFER: use code "FRANCE" for
$5.00 tickets. Call 404.873.3391 or visit www.puppet.org.
Japanese Summer Camp
Kids will learn
about many aspects of Japanese culture including language, clothing,
school life and food. They will get to try writing Japanese characters
with a calligraphy brush and ink, experience a traditional tea
ceremony, listen to a shamisen (Japanese banjo) performance, fold paper
cranes, arrange flowers Japanese style, wear a kimono, learn how to
make sushi and much more! The camp is at the Japanese Consulate
General, 3500 Lenox Road Suite 1600, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. For more
information visit www.atlanta.us.emb-japan.go.jp.
21st, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Issues Forum (IIF)
Discussion is themed around, "Vying for dominance
in an unstable region: Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran."
Free and open to the public. The event is at Villa International (2nd
floor of the library), 1749 Clifton Road (0.4 miles from Briarcliff),
Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Parking is available across the street. For
more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 23-24, 2011
Annual Celebration of Asian Cultural Experience
Association World Center presents the "18th Annual Celebration of
Asian Cultural Experience" representing 15 different Asian
countries. The highlight of the two-day festival is the Performance
Celebration, featuring the music and dance of the 15 countries, at 5
p.m. Saturday, July 23rd. There will also be fashion shows, exhibits of
rare cultural artifacts, and a variety of demonstrations including
calligraphy, woodwork, pottery, fruits and vegetables carving and
origami. The event is at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway,
Duluth, Georgia 30097. Admission to the event is $12/day for adults and
$8/day for students. Children under 7 are free. Parking is free to all
visitors. Click here for more
Anniversary of the Civil War
In honor of the
150th anniversary of the Civil War the Atlanta Cyclorama is hosting a
series of free summer events chronicling the effects of the Civil War
on Atlanta. The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum is located at
800 Cherokee Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30315. For more information visit
August 7th, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
of India 2011
Cultural Association (IACA) presents the "Festival of India
2011" celebrating India's independence and 40 years of IACA.
Featuring cultural programs, artist markets, and hot and spicy foods.
The event is at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth,
Georgia 30097. For more information visit www.iacaatl.org.
to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy
"Citizen diplomacy is about relationships, it's about
personal experiences and personal interaction. It's through private
people-to-people contact and exchanges that these relationships are
built, mutual understanding and respect reached, and opportunities
identified, developed, and sustained."
Senator Russ Feingold