Carol Gelhaus

Board Member Spotlight: Carol Gelhaus

Carol shares information about her international travels and her work at CCFI. Whenever she travels, people comment on Carol’s unique accent from northern Wisconsin – a place influenced by German, Scandinavian, and Eastern European immigrants. Carol was born the third girl in a family of 12 children in a small

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Gaurav Harshe

Student Spotlight: Gaurav Harshe

We asked Gaurav a few questions about his background and his higher education experience. What is your cultural background?  I am from Mumbai, India, a metropolitan city and the home of Indian Cinema, popularly known as Bollywood around the world. It is also the country’s financial capital running its Bombay

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In-Person Visitors from Nigeria

August 1-3, 2021, Columbia Council for Internationals (CCFI) was fortunate to be included in the first International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in-person group in 16 months. This was my first in-person program, and I was very fortunate to work with two experienced, professional liaisons and six lively, engaged, and personable

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Alumni Interview: John Sam-Arthur

A few weeks ago, We got on a Zoom call with John Sam-Arthur, a journalist from Ghana who visited Columbia in November 2018 through the State Department’s IVLP program (learn more about IVLP here). The theme of his delegation’s visit was “New and Traditional Broadcast Media”. Their main focus was

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Don Caughman

CCFI Spotlight on Don Caughman

We’re turning the spotlight on a valued member of the Columbia Council for Internationals who exemplifies the mission of CCFI. Don Caughman, a 29-year member of CCFI, shares a few words about his significant involvement with CCFI and what CCFI has meant to him over the years. “As I look

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CCFI has been featured in the Economist!

  Our very own Jim Byrum has been highlighted in a story in the Economist about his work with the Columbia Council for Internationals, and how people like Jim and CCFI members are America’s “real ambassadors”. The Real Ambassadors: America’s Amateur Diplomats. Meet the corps of volunteers boosting soft power. Jul

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