GCWAC of Cincinnati promotes global knowledge of how important international relations are to the TRI-STATE by educating our children in creative ways. In doing so the curiosity of the outside world blossoms therefore sparking the beautiful imagination of our wonderful city's children. Such a needed and wonderful organization. Thank You!
The executive leadership of this organization exhibits lack of professional tact. The staff is incredibly rude and pushy. Michelle (executive director) and Katie (manger of operations) demonstrate an errant indifference for the commitment of volunteers, without whom, the organization would not exist.
The GCWAC is catalytic for international relationships and ideas sharing. I appreciate having met with some of the best international on-the-ground leaders in human trafficking eradication right here in Cincinnati. All made possible by the excellent work of GCWAC!
The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council is a wonderful organization that helps connect international-minded individuals and companies and helps network amongst them. When my company needed a last minute host family, GCWAC was able to find an amazing family that fit our very specific needs. They are a great non-profit with a wonderful mission!
Fulbright students, officials and representatives from other countries have visited Cincinnati and I have been able to meet with them, host dinners, and even had a few stay as guests in my home. It is amazing what you learn and the personal contacts that are made. I am still corresponding with past visitors from Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador, Nigeria, and the Phillipines. Personal involvement - people to people, that is how we will bring peace to the world.
Countries around the world look to Americans for help with their nation-building. They want to do the right thing and look to us for ideas. Through the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council, we here in Cincinnati perform a valuable function by showing visiting thought leaders how social systems work in a democracy. They take home their observations and use them to improve life in their countries. This is far cheaper and safer - and I wouldn't doubt more effective - than army boots on the ground.
The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council offers many ways to serve as citizen diplomats. Believe it or not, when Cincinnatians smile at and help strangers, this in itself is a "big idea" for many visitors. It is exciting to have the opportunity to promote good will and world peace on a person-to-person level.
My involvement with the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council has deeply enriched my life and that of my family. We have had the pleasure of participating in their home host program for international delegates where we've forged friendships around the globe. My children delight in the exposure to different cultures, ways of thinking and languages. My husband and I strive to be informed and welcoming citizen diplomats and have been very impressed with the community involvement that the GCWAC offers to ensure and foster the knowledge, exposure and opportunity to do so in our local schools, business communities and public at large. I like knowing that as an organization, we're making a meaningful impact at home and abroad.
I volunteer to host visitors coming to Cincinnati with GCWAC in the past few years and it has been a wonderfull and educational experience for my family. Expecially for my daughters. A real opportunity to personally meet and talk with people from all over the world at the conviniece of your home. As my oldest daughter say " At the end of the day, besides talking another language and being born in a different country we all like and look forward for the same everyday things". We hosted two Japanese students girls for 2-3 days and we got to know them so well and have such a good time visiting Cincinnati, that when they left we were all in tears for the great time together to finish. I define tilt reccomand to volunteer to host visitors, your kids will learn to be citizen of the world. From an Italian-American in Cincy.
The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council does very important work fostering citizen diplomacy. Thanks to highly motivated volunteers, members and staff the organization is on a strong growth trajectory--working with more schools and students on global issues and dramatically increasing the number of international visitors coming to Cincinnati as part of a critical State Department program. I joined the board after my family hosted two Japanese visitors for three days. Over the course of a weekend, my three young children were exposed to an entirely different culture in a way no textbook, film or website could ever duplicate. I decided then and there to get more involved by donating to the group, serving on the board, and working with the staff to help the organization thrive.
I have been on the Board of the World Affairs Council for over 6 years. I am very impressed by our institutional progress. We have evolved from a loosely focussed group to a highly energized team of volunteers lead by a saavy and productive staff. We will continue to develop as time goes on, and will be recognized as one of the top providers of international education and visitor services in the region.