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American Saqartvelo

January 25, 2013


In my last post, I wrote about the things I’ll miss in Georgia. I’ll get to why that’s important, in a minute. Now that the holidays are nearly over, I’ve been looking for jobs and apartments. I’m relocating to Iowa City, Iowa, home of the University of Iowa, where I plan to eventually go to […]

The Things I Miss…

January 24, 2013


It’s crazy to think about it, but my year in Georgia’s already over. I’m now back in the United States, getting all of my affairs in order and job-searching. It’s nice to be back, but I’m finding I already miss a lot of things about Saqartvelo. I miss my Georgian family and friends, my colleagues, […]

An Extracurricular Extravaganza!

December 19, 2012


We at Teach and Learn with Georgia have many talented volunteers who are doing great things with their schools and in their communities. Recently, we asked them to send in descriptions of their projects, and were flooded with responses. (Awesome!) Here are some volunteers’ projects, in their own words: Vicky Banas, Chognari, Imereti: I organized […]

Interview with a Tourist

December 9, 2012


This October, my mother came to visit for ten days! She agreed to do a short interview for us about her impressions of Georgia. We travelled to Tbilisi and Batumi, and also toured Kakheti—we spent quite a bit of time in my host town, Gurjaani, and she visited some of my classes with me. It […]

“Georgia? What, like, the state?” My Top Three Reasons for Volunteering in Georgia-the-Country-not-the-State

December 4, 2012


A year ago, when I told people I was moving to Georgia to teach English, I was met with one of three reactions: a blank stare, a “What, you mean the state…?”, or, every so often, a “Wow, good for you! My [friend/relative/close acquaintance/person I met once at a dinner party and haven’t seen since] […]

Rain, Rain, Go Away…

December 2, 2012


It’s a rainy, foggy day today, the kind where even the thought of going outside is unappealing, and I’m home sick with a sore throat. Winter’s coming quickly, which means there will be a lot more days like this. Unfortunately, at least for me, the novelty of staying home on a rainy day with nothing […]

Interesting People I Have Met on Trains.

November 10, 2012


There are a number of ways to get from Tbilisi to Batumi, but the best, by far, is via the night train. It’s an eight-hour trip, but it’s overnight, which means no hostel or hotel fees! And because the train arrives at 7:30 a.m., it’s super-easy to hop over to Batumi, spend the whole day […]

Georgian Snickers? Adventures in Food: Churchkhela Edition

November 4, 2012


If you drive down one of the main roads in the Georgian countryside or wander through an open-air market, you’ll probably see, among the bushel baskets of fresh vegetables and piles of melons and gourds, strings of what look like waxy dark brown hand-dipped candles. (Some people say they look like, well, less-savory objects. We’ll […]

Links, links, links, links!

October 26, 2012


Welcome, dear readers, to the list of links we found interesting this week. As always, if you find something interesting, please send it our way! Check out some of the great photography young Georgians are producing! Galleries range from recent political events in Georgia to ancient architecture to travel around Georgia and the world. Want […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Part Two

October 10, 2012


When I wrote last, I was en route to the United States for five weeks of seeing friends and family, attending weddings, and celebrating my car’s odometer passing the 200,000-mile mark. In mid-August, I returned to Georgia—this time with my father and sister in tow! They spent ten days with my host family and me, […]

Adventures in Food: Grape Harvesting

October 6, 2012


I learned something recently. I am really bad at harvesting grapes. You’d think that, having grown up in a primarily agricultural area, I’d know how to harvest anything. Wrong. …I’m just going to blame it on the fact that there are very few vineyards in the American Midwest. Kakheti is the wine-making capital of Georgia, […]

The Very First Friday Links Round-up

September 21, 2012


Dear readers, we’re starting a new initiative this year at the TLG Blog. Each week, we’ll compile a list of links we’ve come across in our travels across the Internet. (Essentially, they’ll be everything we wish we would have written ourselves.) While we’d like to share all of our awesome discoveries, we’re going to stick […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Part 1

July 24, 2012


I’m writing this post from somewhere above Iceland, en route to the United States for a month-long holiday. I think I’ll definitely go through a bit of culture shock, especially because I’m going straight from small-town Georgia to Chicago, the third-largest city in the U.S. But, it’ll be fun! School ended on 15 June, which […]

Teachers’ Tests: Some Thoughts.

May 26, 2012


Generally, I’m not a proponent of standardized testing. When I went to elementary and high school in the U.S., I distinctly remember spending entire class periods learning exactly how to answer test questions to receive the best scores on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (elementary school standardized tests), or how to write five paragraph […]

I extended my TLG contract! Here’s why.

May 19, 2012


The other day, one of my third graders (one of the four Giorgi’s in that class and about a hundred in the school) asked how long I would be staying at their school. “Until December,” I replied, causing the classroom to erupt in cheers and “Yessssss!”’s. I initially signed up to volunteer with TLG for […]