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A Recipe for Baby Goose Saperavi

December 16, 2012


Being away from the United States almost makes one forget about the crazy hubbub that is the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  With incessant Christmas songs playing on the radio and the decorations springing up on homes across America, these four weeks are bookended by huge family-oriented holidays that typically include feasting! For a pretty […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Nino Metreveli, Special Projects Coordinator

November 19, 2012


Nino Metreveli joined TLG back in May 2012.  She started out as the Special Projects Assistant, but recently moved up to take on responsibility for the whole department as the Special Projects Coordinator.  With a BA in Diplomacy and International Relations and an MA in Contemporary Modern History of America, Nino has a varied and […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Renata Skardziute-Kereselidze, Orientation Training Assistant

November 12, 2012


Hailing from Lithuania, Renata has been helping Tamara with Orientation Training since February 2012.  With a BA from the University of Vilnius in International Relations and Political Science, an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University, and having spent a semester abroad in Turkey, Renata is especially qualified to lead Intercultural Training! Renata, what […]

How to Read a Book: Use the TLG Blogger Reading List!

November 8, 2012


To Our Dearly Beloved Readers, Here at Making a Difference, we are a very literary bunch!  As a crew of bloggers, it sort of comes with the territory.  Furthermore, when you live in Georgia in a host family where you are surrounded by the Georgian language day in and day out, a good book can be your […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Tamara Chanturishvili, Orientation Training Coordinator

November 5, 2012


Tamara is known to nearly all TLG Volunteers as the fearless undaunted leader of Orientation Training—the first seven days of each volunteer’s experience in Georgia.  With a degree in History and Social/Cultural Anthropology, Tamara has been working for TLG since August 2010 when she began as a contractor before joining the team full-time in September […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Khatia Matkava, Health, Safety, and Support Assistant/Tbilisi Regional Representative

October 29, 2012


Khatia joined TLG way back in Spring 2011.  With a BS in General Psychology and an MS in Social, Cultural, and Political Psychology from Tbilisi State University, Khatia is currently on her way to a PhD in Psychology.  As one of the three Tbilisi Regional Representatives and the second Health, Safety, and Support Assistant, Khatia […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Maia Beruashvili, Health, Safety, and Support Assistant

October 22, 2012


Maia joined TLG in May 2012 and has been working as the Health, Safety, and Support Assistant ever since!  With degrees in Food Hygiene and a PhD in Medicine with a specialty in Food Safety, she is perfectly suited for her job here!   Hello Maia, how are you today? Fine, and how are you, […]

Friday = Linksday

October 19, 2012


Another week has come and gone and the TLG Blog Staff has scoured the internet for cool and educational links! In That’s Where You Are a couple from Iowa travels the world taking advantage of the words of Chinese philosopher Lao Tsu which they proudly display on their blog: “A good traveler has no fixed plans and […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Keti Kharshiladze, Health, Safety, and Support Coordinator

October 15, 2012


With a degree in pediatrics and a Master’s in Healthcare and Health Management, Keti has been with TLG since September 2010.  This August Keti returned to TLG from maternity leave after having the very first TLG Baby!   Keti, what were you doing prior to working for TLG? I was a junior doctor, then a […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Marika Khasia, Samegrelo Regional Representative

October 8, 2012


In the first of our Regional Representative interviews, I had a chance to talk with Marika Khasia, the RR from Samegrelo.  With her background in Diplomacy and International Relations and a Master’s in Russian Studies from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Marika joined TLG in April 2012, moving to Zugdidi to become the RR there.  […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Tamuna Dzmanashvili, Non-Academic Coordinator’s Assistant

October 1, 2012


Tamuna Dzmanashvili has been working for the Non-Academic Department since December 2011.  After obtaining her Bachelor’s in American Studies from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tamuna worked as an English Teacher with the Tbilisi City Hall Project Study to Be Employed, aimed at providing English language courses to Georgian citizens, free of charge! Hello, Tamuna, how […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Eka Memanishvili, Non-Academic Coordinator

September 24, 2012


Eka Memanishvili has spent many years abroad and knows how difficult it can be to live as a foreigner in a strange land.  The life experiences she gained while studying for three years in France make her uniquely well suited to her role on TLG’s Non-Academic Team.  Since she joined TLG in August, 2010, Eka […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Gvantsa Koberidze, Academic Coordinator

September 17, 2012


In our second Staff Spotlight post, and in recognition of today being the 1st day of the new school year, we interviewed Academic Coordinator Gvantsa Koberidze.  Gvantsa received her Bachelor’s in Journalism from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and her Master’s in Education Administration from Ilia State University.  She has worked for TLG as a […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Nata Javakhishvili, Program Manager

September 10, 2012


Today we are pleased to announce and unveil a new series called TLG Staff Spotlight!  Every Monday we will be publishing an interview with a member of the TLG Staff.  Who is that lady who buys your plane tickets?  How did your RR get so good at English?  Who reads your monthly reports?  What’s the […]

Summer Bloggin’

June 22, 2012


Dearest Readers, It’s hard to believe that a semester has already come and gone and with it another school year is behind us!  But rather than dwelling on the past, we are already looking to the future! This summer, we will be scaling back our standard blog output of one post per day and shifting […]