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The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV) is to build cross-cultural understanding and mutually beneficial personal and professional relationships between Georgians and leading citizens from around the world.
This is achieved through a variety of programs, including professional exchange programs, cultural orientations and home hospitality, networking opportunities, community education programs, and travel programs. GCIV collaborates with other organizations, public or private, in carrying out its mission.
Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to become more globally engaged.
GCIV is the non-profit organization responsible for administering the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program in Georgia. Launched in 1940, the IVLP seeks to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed professional visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. Through these encounters, visitors gain a greater understanding of the U.S., its people, and its culture. Over two-hundred current and former heads of state are IVLP alumni. GCIV connects an average of five-hundred visitors to Georgia communities each year. In 2001 the National Council for International Visitors, our national network that implements the IVLP and promotes citizen diplomacy, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by U.S. Senator Arlen Spector for its efforts to foster international understanding.
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