Austin – May 05 2016

Meet Adrian Farrell, Consul General of Ireland – Learn about the Good Country Index and Why Ireland is #1 on the GCI!
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This event is FREE! RSVP IS REQUIRED – Space limited
Adrian Farrell, Consul General of Ireland, welcomes us on Thursday, May 5, to the Irish Consulate General, 515 Congress Avenue, Suite 1720 for a discussion of The Good Country Index.

The Good Country Index measures how much each of the 125 countries on the list contributes to the planet and the human race, with relation to its size.  Almost all other indexes measure country performance in isolation:  whether it’s economic growth, stability, justice, transparency, good governance, productivity, democracy, freedom, or even happiness, it’s mostly measured as internal performance.  The Good Country Index attempts to measure the global impacts of policies and behaviors, what they contribute to the “global commons”, and what they take away.  This forms a truer and more realistic global balance-sheet than one which may error by treating each country as its own private planet.  The concept of the Good Country is about encouraging populations and their governments to be more outward looking, and to consider the international consequences of their national behavior.

The Index measures 35 data points.  Consul General Farrell will use several of the data points as a basis to discuss Ireland.
The Irish Consulate General in Austin was established in the fall of 2014 marking the first European country to form a consulate in Austin.  It is designed to support Irish citizens living in the area as well as advance economic initiatives, promote tourism, and develop educational links with Ireland.
Adrian Farrell is a veteran Irish diplomat who has previously worked in Germany and Turkey.

Reception Hosted by Consul General Farrell will follow the presentation.

Organized by GlobalAustin.

Atlanta – May 03 2016


Our May get-tgether will take place next TUESDAY, May 3rd (instead of our usual first Wednesday of the month) at DAVIOS located in Phipps plaza.
Please mark your calendars for this exception of date change and invite all your international & like-minded friends to join us Tuesday, May 3rd. We will meet in the bar & patio area – parking all around the venue is free (unless you valet) and we will have complimentary appetizers on hand.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday, (May 3rd)

David

Peru Gourmet Tour Sep 30 – Oct 09 2016

A gourmet tour to Peru, organized by Pablo from EuroCircle Houston ( PeruGourmetTours.com) has a few spots left open. Of course EuroCircle members from other cities are welcome to join.

This trip is NOT organized by EuroCircle as an organization, nor are we affiliated in any way with Peru Gourmet Tour (or getting any profit).

Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 9th , 2016

Tour normally costs 3400 USD, but as a non for profit tour it costs 2660 USD per person in double room, with everything included, except:
– flight from US to Lima (between 600-1000 USD or 40k miles with United)
– if not group arrival, cab from airport to hotel (20 USD)
– tips, and hotel incidentals (laundry, drinks at bar, room service) during the stay

Itinerary:
Friday: all arrivals
Saturday: departure for wineries and pisco distilleries. Evening Arrival in Nazca
Sunday: Overflight of Nazca Lines (#1 stop for “1000 things to do before you die”)
Monday: Arequipa and Santa Catalina Monastery (#2 stop from book “1000…”)
Tuesday: Sacred Valley of the Incas
Wednesday: Machu Picchu Ruins (#3 stop from Patricia Schultz’ book “1000…”)
Thursday: Cusco, the capital of Inca Empire (#4 stop)
Friday: Lima, the capital of Peru. Central Restaurant (#4 restaurant in the world)
Saturday: Lima, cebiche at Javier Wong (best fast food in the world), last supper
Sunday: Arrival in US

Includes:
– all hotels (minimum 3 star, a few 3 ½ and 4 star)
– land and air transport within Peru (2 flights, 2 trains, 1 overland luxury night bus, superior class private coach the rest of the time)
– all meals, including top restaurants in each city, top foods of Peru, wines or beers during meals, wine and pisco tastings
– guided tours and tour directors constant presence

EuroCircle Special Price: 2495 USD per person in double room (with a minimum of 6 travelers)
Email Pablo here for more info!

QUIZ – Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest ( Concours Eurovision de la chanson) ,often shortened to ESC or Eurovision, is the longest-running annual international TV song competition, held primarily, among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956.

It is fair to share that winning the Eurovision Song Contest provides a short-term boost to the winning artists’ career, but rarely results in long-term success.
Great exceptions are ABBA , Bucks Fizz and Céline Dion (YES), all of whom launched successful worldwide careers after their wins.
Many of you may not recognize Bucks Fizz (UK) but I doubt there are many people who do not know the name Abba or Celine Dion.

The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be held at the Globe Arena in Stockholm. The Semi-Finals will be held on 10th and 12th May, the Grand Final will take place on Saturday 14th May. All shows will be broadcast at 21:00 CEST. Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede will be your hosts during the two Semi-Finals and Grand Final.

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Chicago – Jun 07 2016

Please join us apres- work for some roof top mixing and mingling – Euro style- and this fab new Wicker Park venue featuring craft cocktails, great city views + vibe and of course, music by DJ’s John Curly and Henry Castro!
We also have some fantastic co-hosts for this one!

Meet one of our lovely co-hosts: Klara Jarolimova ❤️
Klara is originally from the Czech Republic, but has spent half of her life moving around the USA. She has been in Chicago for 7 years and works as a UX Designer and a part time grad student. Traveling to new places and getting engrossed in more cultures has always been part of her journey. Klara loves photography and meeting new people!

Ben is President of the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce-Midwest headquartered in Chicago that operates across a seven state region. He loves going out, meeting new people and generally getting the most out of life – whether that’s trying new bars and restaurants or picking up a new sport like surfing. His favorite words in any language are “Please proceed to your gate for departure”. He’s up for anything and looks forward to Mondays.”

See you at Whiskey Business.

Maria Dollas, Klara Jarolimova & Ben Wheeler

 

New York – May 14 2016

Join us for an afternoon of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Saturday, May 14th
LIVE STREAMING at 3PM EST

The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will be the 61st edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest.
Forty countries will participate in the contest, hosted in Stockholm, Sweden.

Happy Hour Drink Specials, Full Food Menu available!

We will have our own reserved area just for EuroCircle!

Frank and I look forward to seeing you on May 14th!

Your hosts,

Frank Breuer, Germany – Alexandra and the EuroCircle New York Team

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Philadelphia – May 18 2016

Taste of Wines of the Balkans (TICKETS REQUIRED)

EuroCircle is a global network of fun, educated, professionals whose goal is to discover the world through cultural and social events, travel, and amazing experiences.

We have partnered with Park Towne Place, to bring you a series of events in a comfortable, yet upscale setting.

Tonight, we bring you the wines of the Balkans.

Though largely unknown, this region produces some of the most unique varietals in the world, and several species of grapes that are only available in Serbia. It is no wonder that French and Italian winemakers are buying land in the Balkans, and starting to export it.

The Balkan Wine Project is a platform designed to showcase wines from the Balkan region made using indigenous grape varieties and traditional winemaking techniques. The goal is to spotlight these wines in the US, with an emphasis on education to highlight the diversity of the Balkan history, regions, people, foods and wines. It is an effort to look at the complex and finely woven diversity of the Balkans through a wine glass.

Please LOGIN HERE to sign up/purchase your ticket. (discount before May 1)

Non-members can easily create a profile using your Facebook, Linkedin or twitter login (just add your eurocircle city – Philadelphia – and your country of origin)
OTHER EVENTS COMING UP:

Evening Pool Soiree, BYOB – July 20 2016

White Party on Aug 18 2016

More info and tickets: EuroCircle Philadelphia Page

Europe’s Early Education Leavers – Which Countries Are NOT Doing That Well With Young People

Eurostat recently releases stats that say that whopping  21.9 percent of young people in Spain were early leavers from education and training in 2014. That is more than any other EU country.

Early leavers from education and training may face considerable difficulties looking for jobs.  The employers may be more reluctant to take them on with their limited education.

An average of 11.2 % of young people (aged 18–24) in the EU were early leavers from education and training in 2014.    The early leavers are defined as young people having completed at most a lower secondary education and not being in further education or training during the four weeks preceding the survey.

I was surprised to see that Italy and the UK also have a higher leaving rate than the EU average with 15.0 and 11.8 percent respectively.  Turkey in particular has a very high rate of younger people departing education and training – 38.3 percent.

Infographic: Where Are Europe's Early Education Leavers? | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista

Austin – May 22 2016

4th Annual International Potluck with GlobalAustin, AIN & EuroCircle

EuroCircle team will be joining hands and building the next great event together with  GlobalAustinAustin InterCultural Network (AIN) by hosting the 4th Annual International Potluck. This means that you can all bring your traditional dishes and have other members experience new flavors and most of all, your cooking skills!

ATTIRE:  Casual, comfortable.

Esther and Angelos Angelou have invited us to picnic in their lovely tree-shaded yard surrounding their pool. It is a beautiful setting for another very enjoyable late afternoon of sharing food from many cultures. So – bring your favorite dish to share – and anticipate stimulating conversations with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences! The pool is available to those who wish to swim (bring suit and towel!)

Bring a picnic blanket or chairs. Lemonade, water, plates, cups, utensils and napkins will be provided.
Please bring any serving utensils needed for your dish.

**RAFFLE**
Haute European Salon is an up and coming salon in the heart of Mueller. With a team of vibrant hard working hairstylists Haute European Salon is quickly making a name for themselves as one of the best salons in Austin. Haute European Salon team is donating 2 blowouts, 2 accent balayage/highlight services, 1 woman’s haircut and a men’s haircut. (bring some change/$5-10 bills with you for the raffle)
Meet Katalin (from Hungary) who owns the Salon!

Special thanks to Esther and Angelos Angelou from INTERNATIONAL  ACCELERATOR for inviting us to their beautiful home. International Accelerator is dedicated to helping non-U.S. citizen entrepreneurs set up their U.S. company, give it an “American look and feel,” and lay a sturdy foundation to build a global business.  Check out their website here!

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Global Austin

 

GlobalAustin hosts approximately 500 visitors through these programs each year as we work in partnership with the U.S. Department of State to deliver educational and cultural programs to visiting international leaders. GlobalAustin celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2010. GlobalAustin is a 501(c)3 corporation.

Austin Intercultural Network is a 501c(3) nonprofit that was founded in 2011 by a group of friends who are passionate about celebrating and uniting Austin’s diverse cultures. Together, with all of you who are both new and old Austinites, we are realizing our vision of promoting cultural awareness within the community through partnerships and collaboration.