The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to create valuable international experiences and opportunities for the people of Georgia and emerging leaders around the world.
Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be globally engaged.
Who's coming to town?
November 4 - 8
Two Television Producers, One Daily Newspaper President, One Television Director, One News Editor, and One News Reporter
Focus: Edward R. Murrow Project for Journalists
November 4 - 8
Ten Policemen, Trainers, and Security Forces Protection Agents
Focus: Law Enforcement in the U.S.
November 7 - 10
Four Journalists and One Editor-In-Chief
Focus: The Role of the Media in Covering National Elections
November 10 - 12
Fifteen NGO and Civic Engagement Activists
Focus: Engaging Young Leaders of Pakistan: Forum for Change
November 11 - 15
Three Government Officials, One News Reporter, and One Legislative Researcher
Focus: U.S.-Korea Trade Relations Under the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement
November 14 - 17
Near East and North Africa
Five NGO Directors, One Chairman of the Board, One Physician, One Member of Parliament, One Project Manager, and One University Official
Focus: Finance Issues
November 14 - 18
Three Forensics Division Bureau Chiefs and One Teacher
Focus: Justice Through Forensics Improvement
November 20 - 24
Focus: NGO Management
November 20 - 27
Near East and North Africa
Focus: Preventing and Confronting Domestic Abuse and Violence
GCIV Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Sunday, November 11 - Fifteen visitors from Pakistan would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. Our visitors represent various NGOs in Pakistan. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on engaging young leaders of Pakistan. They are available at 5:00 PM for dinner, and will NOT be accompanied by an interpreter, they speak English. The delegation will be split into groups of 3-4 visitors per host.
Tuesday, November 13 - Five visitors from Korea would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes three government officials, one news reporter, and one legislative researcher. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on U.S.-Korea trade relations. They are available at 6:30 PM for dinner, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. The delegation will be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.
Thursday, November 15 - Four visitors from Uzbekistan would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes three forensics division bureau chiefs and one teacher. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on justice through forensics improvement. They are available at 6:30 PM for dinner, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. The delegation will be split into groups of 2 visitors per host.
Thursday, November 22, THANKSGIVING - Four visitors from Hungary would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes various NGO leaders. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on NGO management. They are available at any time, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. The delegation will be split into groups of 2 visitors per host.
Thursday, November 22, THANKSGIVING - Visitors from the Near East and North Africa 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 preventing and confronting domestic abuse and violence. At this time, we do not have the final number of visitors, but if you are interested in hosting or cohosting please contact Emily O’Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-832-5560 x15.
Please 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 404-832-5560 x15. 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 October 2012:
Colin Brady, OBE & Susan Wesley
Robin C. Davis
Queen & Emmanuel Meheux
Steven R. Baldwin and Family
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosemary Davidson
Bob & Christine Davis
Ed Dreistadt & Shell Stuart
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil & Raye Handler
Tim & Christy Hooper
Joseph & Adrienne Johnson
Doug & Mary Justice
Charles & Jenni Kuck
Ryan & Jessica Lewis
Arnaldo & Michelle Ruiz
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
Bruce & 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
The Coca-Cola Company
International Women Associates Chair
Honorary Consul General of the Philippines
City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Julie Bryant Fisher
Metro Atlanta Chamber
InterContinental Hotels Group
Arnall Golden Gregory
Kuck Immigration Partners
Alston & Bird
Great Decisions Lecture Series Coordinator
Consul General of the
Pierson Global Group
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport
RBC Capital Markets
International Women Associates
Community Programs and Technology Coordinator
Tuesday, December 11, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Please save the date for GCIV’s annual meeting and holiday party. Details for this year’s event will be available soon. All members are invited to attend. Want to learn more about the benefits of membership in GCIV? Unsure of your current membership status? Please contact RJ Paulisick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Join us for dinner with an international delegation of CNN Journalism Fellows. Price is $25 per person for GCIV members and $35 for non-members.
When: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 6:30 PM
Where: Penang, 2615 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, 404-320-0229
RSVP by Monday, November 12, 2012 to RJ Paulisick at email@example.com.
GCIV Board Member Phil Handler and his family host Fulbright Scholars for dinner in November 2011.
Host Fulbright Scholars from all over the world next February and March! In February we will be hosting 140 Fulbrighters and the following month, 75 Fulbrighters will be in Atlanta participating in a seminar on Global Health Issues. We’ll need 40-45 dinner hosts in February and 20-25 dinner hosts in March to accommodate both groups, so please save the dates.
Friday, February 1 and Friday, March 1, 2013.
Below is an excerpt from an article written by GCIV Board Member Phil Handler on his experience as a Fulbright Dinner Host.
"Almost a year ago, on November 5, 2011, our family hosted three Fulbright Scholars for dinner in our home. Why am I writing about this now? Because, remarkably, the evening is still being discussed. I asked our high school senior recently what he remembers about that evening that seems to have made a lasting impression..."
Click here to read the rest of Phil’s article!
For questions about hosting, please contact Emily O’Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Fatima Zibouh (right) tours Living Walls in Downtown
Atlanta with Chief Engineer and Logistics Director of the
conference, Ms. Keif Schleifer.
Ms. Zibouh (right) meets with Ms. Tayyibah Taylor of
This past month GCIV hosted Ms. Fatima Zibouh from Belgium. She participated in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on minority empowerment through the arts. This opportunity allowed her to learn more about how Muslim-Americans and other minority groups utilize media, civil society, and nongovermental organizations to further civic and political empowerment and community leadership.
Ms. Zibouh (left) enjoys an evening of dinner hospitality with
GCIV member Louise Kan.
While in Atlanta, she met with representatives from the Living Walls Conference, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Emory University Center for Ethics and the Arts, Azizah Magazine, and the King Center for Nonviolent Civil Change. She also participated in dinner hospitality with GCIV member Louise Kan and visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
"Over the summer of 2012, my dream came true. With the help of GCIV, my family, and my teachers I was awarded the NSLI-Y scholarship, granting me the chance to study Arabic in Morocco for six weeks..."
Click here to read more from Cecilia’s trip!
The South African Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool will keynote the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta’s Building Bridges Awards Dinner on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM. Doug Shipman, President of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is the Honorary Chair of the dinner. For more information about to the dinner and to purchase tickets, please visit www.isbatlanta.org. Tickets are $150 and there are sponsorship levels available.
It’s that time of year again when the U.S Department of State is looking for some great high school students to study abroad on their Youth Programs scholarships.
The application deadlines vary, so click on the name of each program for more information and deadlines.
• The National Security Language Initiative for
• The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study
(YES) Abroad Program
• The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
• The American Youth Leadership Program
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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.
For more information, visit www.casieonline.org or email John Wilson.
AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers
AFS 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.
Destination India - A Diwali Mela!
Come celebrate the festival of Diwali (the biggest event in India) with a Go Eat Give style fair known as "mela" complete with authentic cuisine, shopping, music & more!
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Time: 6:30-10:00 PM
Location: Bhojanic Restaurant, 1363 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30333
Click here to RSVP!