June 2007 GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue . . .
 

Who's Coming to Town?

May 31 - June 4 - Brazil
Mr. Thiago Thobias, Legal Advisor and Coordinator of Public Policies for Educafro NGO

Focus: Diversity Issues/Civil Rights

June 9-13 - Indonesia
Three Government and NGO Leaders

Focus: NGO Management and Women's Issues

June 10-14 - Pan-Africa
Sixteen Government and Civil Society Officials

Focus: Grassroots Democracy

June 16-20 - Morocco
Four Journalists

Focus: Broadcast Media

June 23-27 - Namibia
Three Public Health Officials

Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

June 28-July 3 - Indonesia
Three Government and NGO Officials

Focus: Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection

July 1-5 - France
Mr. Francois Touazi, Advisor on Maghreb and the Arabian Gulf to the Foreign Minister

Focus: U.S. Foreign Policy

July 3-7 - Uganda
Five Members of Parliament

Focus: Federalism

July 4-7 - Ukraine
Five Government and NGO Officials

Focus: Women in Governance

July 4-7 - Kyrgyzstan
Three Religious and Government Officials

Focus: Interfaith Dialogue

July 11-14 - Italy
Four NGO Officials

Focus: Multiculturalism

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Tuesday, June 12th - Sixteen visitors from all over Africa would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. We still need to place six visitors from
Benin, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, and Mauritania. Their program in the U.S. will focus on grassroots democracy efforts. Some of the visitors need an interpreter, so we will split them into groups of two or three. They would be available at 6:30 PM.

Monday, June 17th - Four visitors from Morocco would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Their program in the U.S. will focus on broadcast media. They would be available at 6:30 PM. We need two hosts to each take two visitors and an interpreter.

Wednesday, July 4th - We will have a number of delegations in town over the 4th of July. We'd love to show them how we celebrate our independence. If you would like to invite visitors to your Independence Day cookout, party, or other event, let us know!

Thursday, July 12th - Four visitors from Italy would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Their program in the U.S. will focus on multiculturalism. They would be available at 6:30 PM. We need two hosts to each take two visitors and an interpreter.

Please contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 if you would like to host any of the above visitors.

Please remember that all GCIV hosts are required to attend an orientation session. The next session is scheduled for Thursday, June 14th. To RSVP contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.



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Ethiopian Visitor Connects with Fellow Citizens on Professional Exchange Program

GCIV recently hosted a single visitor from Ethiopia who came to Atlanta to discuss civil and human rights. Pastor Daniel Gebreselassie began advocating in 1992 for prison reform in Ethiopia and adherence to international human rights standards. Since that time, his organization, which is still called Prison Fellowship, has evolved into a group dedicated to justice reform, democracy and good governance. As a participant in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, he met with a wide variety of professionals in Atlanta from May 5 - 9, 2007. He also had the chance to meet many members of the Ethiopian community in Georgia. Click here to read more about his trip.


Kazakh Delegation Sees the Fruits of Their Labor during Trip to Atlanta

GCIV recently hosted three visitors from Kazakhstan who came to Atlanta to discuss adoption legislation. The group consisted of officials from the Kazakh government. As participants in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, the group met with local government officials and NGO leaders active in the areas of adoption and child advocacy. They also had the chance to meet American families who had adopted Kazakh children. Click here to read more about their program in Atlanta May 5-9.


Consular CORPSner

Monday, June 18th is Asian Heritage Night at Turner Field. In honor of this event, the Honorable Shoji Ogawa, Consul General of Japan, will throw the first pitch before the start of the game. The Atlanta Braves will take on the Boston Red Sox in a special inter-league game. This match-up will also feature the first visit to Atlanta by Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been a dominant pitcher so far in his Major League rookie season. Cultural performances from various countries will be represented, including a Chinese Lion/Dragon Dance, a Kung Fu demonstration, performances by Indian Dance teams, the Drum Team from Atlanta School of Taiwan, and a Korean Fan Dance.


Trustee in the News

The Central European country of Hungary will have greater representation in the Southeast since appointing Atlanta native and Delta Air Lines Inc. General Attorney John Parkerson to serve as honorary consul.

"I have responsibility to dramatically heighten Hungary's visibility, in respect to business opportunities, in a four-state area," Mr. Parkerson told GlobalAtlanta, describing his duties as honorary consul - a title he officially took on April 19. Click here to read more.


Cultural Competency for Citizen Diplomats

We are continuing with Vicki Flier Hudson's Fifteen Ways to Increase Cultural Competence. Vicki provides cross-cultural trainings for corporations, classrooms, and many other settings. Visit her web site at www.highroaders.com.

9. Get to know virtual coworkers: Research overwhelmingly shows that global virtual teams who take the time to build trust and relationships have a much higher rate of success than those who don't. You work together, so get to know each other. Post pictures, bios and fun facts about each team member in each location (most teams never do this!). Take pictures of your office, desks and surrounding area to share. Call overseas when you don't need to; have scheduled contact among the team members.

Take the time to learn the correct spelling and pronunciation of each team member's name. Ask about their holidays, their favorite sports, or their family. Play online games or other trust building activities. Any time invested up front will be well worth it when the individuals form a cohesive unit that can get the job done.

Ensuring the bond of global virtual teams is an ongoing task, but this task is both fun and productive. Build the relationships and watch your business grow.

10. Start a knowledge base: As you and your organization grow globally, you will have cultural successes and blunders along the way. Why not let others benefit from your experience? Start a knowledge base of cultural incidents and the solutions. With minimal time invested, you can create a resource that is great for knowledge transfer to new employees, educational for new and current leaders and the perfect training tool for overseas business travelers.

The knowledge base can include categories like country, city, situation, solution, titles of individuals involved and more. Don't make it complicated but useful and accessible, easy to keep up. Try using a customer tracking system such as QuickBooks Customer Manager, or use a database such as Access. You can sort by country, customer or whatever you like. Don't let your valuable experience slip away with time.

Start collecting your incidents and thoughts, even if there was no resolution to the situation. Perhaps someone else can discover a solution and offer a whole new perspective.

Be sure to check out the GCIV e-newsletter in coming months for more tips from Vicki Flier.


Become a Citizen Diplomat 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 - just visit our membership page to download an application.


GCIV Upcoming Events

Sunday, June 10th, 8:00 PM
GCIV Envoy Event

Join GCIV Young Professionals and participants of the Middle East Partnership Initiative at Turner Field for an exciting baseball game. We will watch the Braves take on the Chicago Cubs. Each person will pay for their own ticket. Please RSVP to Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 by Friday, June 8th.

Monday, June 11th - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Women's Empowerment in Indonesia

Join GCIV visitors from Indonesia for a lunchtime discussion. Ms. Dewi Amir, Ms. Soka Handinah, and Ms. Ecoline Situmorang will talk about their work with Indonesian NGOs that focus on various women's issues and human rights causes. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the GCIV office downtown. Participants can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). Registration is 11:30-11:45, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 11:45 AM. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Thursday, June 14th, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
GCIV Host Orientation

Learn the "ins and outs" of hosting while getting to know GCIV staff and fellow hosts. GCIV will organize host orientations once a quarter to help experienced and new hosts alike stay informed and become better citizen diplomats. Participation in an orientation is mandatory for all hosts. Please join us for one at your earliest convenience. The orientation will take place at the Regency Suites Hotel, 975 West Peachtree Street in midtown. RSVP to Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Monday, June 25th - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Fighting AIDS in Namibia

Join GCIV visitors from Namibia for a lunchtime discussion. Ms. Salenia Engelbrecht, Mr. Reginald Mouton, and Mr. Michael Mulondo will talk about their work in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the GCIV office downtown. Participants can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). Registration is 12:00-12:15, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:15 PM. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.


Other Opportunities
Tuesday, June 5th - 11:45 AM
Energy, Global Change, and International Cooperation: Do the United States and China Have a Mutual Death Pact?"

This Atlanta Council on International Relations luncheon will feature Dr. Jay Hakes, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. The event will be at the Capital City Club, 7 Harris Street, NW. Contact Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.



About GCIV
The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to build cross-cultural understanding and mutually beneficial personal and professional relationships between Georgians and leading citizens from around the world.

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to become more globally engaged.


Georgia Council for International Visitors
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Atlanta, GA 30303
404-832-5560