Global Perspectives

GTA has partnered with UAHuntsville to combine Huntsville global resources with those from the broader international public and private sectors to offer a broad range of lively speakers to the public. This series of lectures by renowned experts in global issues brings a diversity of perspectives on international topics of interest to the Huntsville community. Open to the general public, and designed to foster communications between policy-makers and citizens, this series will present information and opinions to provide the Huntsville community with the tools needed to understand the role of global affairs in Huntsville’s continuing growth as an international economic and cultural center. We welcome all to participate in these community-focused educational events....

IVLP

When they come to the U.S., visitors participate in a variety of thematic programs, either individually or in groups. They typically visit Washington, DC and three additional towns or cities that highlight the tremendous diversity of the U.S., attending professional appointments with their American counterparts, learning about the U.S. system of government at the national, state and local levels, visiting American schools, and experiencing American culture and social life. Most International Visitors are accompanied in the U.S. by either foreign language interpreters or English language officers, who are U.S. Department of State contractors charged with helping explain American society, history, and culture. Global Ties Alabama is the only IVLP connection in Alabama. We carefully tailor the IVLP visits to meet the needs of the international visitors as planned by the U. S. Department of State, focusing on specific themes in Alabama such as state and local governance, economic development, civil and human rights, diversity, interfaith dialog, education and culture. We work with many private and public sector organizations to develop our professional programs, and also rely heavily on the warm hospitality of our Alabama citizens in greeting and entertaining our international visitors. Global Ties Alabama staff and volunteers are proud to work together to ensure that our IVLP visitors have a memorable experience while broadening and deepening their professional knowledge, providing opportunities for citizen diplomacy, “the concept that every citizen has the right, even the responsibility, to help shape U.S. foreign policy one handshake at a time.” 2-African_Conflict_Res GTA Board Member Verna Gates and neighbors host delegation from Africa 4-At the Chamber of Commerce GTA’s Noriko Ellis and delegation from Japan...

GTA Diplomatic Corps

GTA Diplomatic Corps Citizen Diplomacy requires persons with a wide variety of skills and talents that can be used in improving international relations by focusing on the local level. Members of Global Ties Alabama’s Diplomatic Corps are outstanding examples of the types of individuals who can make an important difference in the global community by opening their doors to those who come to teach and those who come to learn. Board Members play a vital role in determining the strategy and program direction of GTA, as well as garnering and contributing financial support for GTA’s many activities. Advisory Council Members, as the name implies, offer advice and support to GTA by sharing their experience and expertise in the field of international relations with visitors and local participants in GTA programs. Diplomats serve as the front line of face-to-face interaction with foreign visitors, performing a wide range of important roles, such as greeting visitors at the airport, or hosting a dinner in their homes, or providing personalized tours of Alabama sites of interest. Global Ties Alabama could not exist without the active and caring participation of its Diplomatic Corps. About Citizen Diplomacy Citizen Diplomacy requires persons with a wide variety of skills and talents that can be used in improving international relations by focusing on the local level. Members of Global Ties Alabama’s Diplomatic Corps are outstanding examples of the types of individuals who can make an important difference in the global community by opening their doors to those who come to teach and those who come to learn. Board Members play a vital role in determining the strategy and program direction of GTA, as...

Youth Programming

GTA helps foster awareness of global cultures and facilitates tolerance of diversity of cultures among Alabama’s elementary and middle school children. GTA also sponsors international exchange students in partnership with local host families and high schools throughout Madison County and Alabama. -Kosovo Youth Exchange Program -Central America Youth Ambassadors –...

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