The Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV) is seeking internships and home stays for a group of young Russian entrepreneurs and managers who will be visiting metro Atlanta Jan. 27-March 1.

          The visitors will be coming to the U.S. under a “Community Connections Project” of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. GCIV was awarded local management of the program, which is to establish meaningful relationships, strengthen language and business skills, foster cross-cultural understanding and provide future business opportunities.

          The Russians are owners and partners in a wide variety of enterprises including bookstores, fitness centers, recycling firms, stock brokerage houses and trading companies. During their stay, they will visit with representatives of local companies such as Georgia-Pacific and Georgia Power and participate in business seminars and “brain storming sessions.”

          To be invited into the program, they had to apply and were judged on the basis of their entrepreneurial experience, English language skill and their desire to apply U.S. business principles in furthering their enterprises.

          The GCIV is a nonprofit organization that arranges professional appointments and cultural exchanges for some 500 U.S. Information Agency-sponsored international visitors to Georgia each year. The organization successfully oversaw a similar program last year in Atlanta and Douglasville.

          For more information, go to and contact Igor Malanchuk by telephone at (404) 832-5560 or by e-mail at