Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Eaves is traveling with more than 20 high school students in China, the latest destination for a leadership program he helped launch in 2008.

The group departed May 26 on a 12-day excursion that includes visits to the Great Wall near Beijing, the terra cotta warriors in Xi’an and the skyscrapers of Shanghai. The students are also to visit schools, companies and other historical sites in these key Chinese cities.

The Fulton County Global Leadership Program aims to prepare students for global engagement. Participants must study a foreign language and complete three international service projects, including tutoring a local foreign family in English as a Second Language, according to the program’s website.

Over the past four years, the program has taken students to South AfricaGermanyTurkey and Brazil.

Dr. Eaves has a long history of promoting international exchange. He headed up the Southeast regional division of the Peace Corps, received two Fulbright scholarships and served as chair of the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission, among among other accomplishments in the U.S. and abroad. He is currently an executive consultant with TalentQuest, a management consulting firm. 

In recent months he has been actively engaged in strengthening Atlanta’s relationship with the Brazilian state of BahiaJaques Wagner, the state’s governor, recently met with Mr. Eaves in Atlanta to sign a cooperative agreement with Fulton County on economic development, health care, education, the arts and human rights.

Visit http://www.chairmaneaves.org for more information. 

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...