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Tbilisi’s three modes of transportation

November 22, 2013 by

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If you’re new to Georgia, having arrived in the most recent orientation group before being quickly transferred to your villages across the country, you may not have had ample time just yet to explore Tbilisi and grow accustomed to ex-Soviet public transportation. I thought I’d explain the basics of Tbilisi’s three primary modes of public […]

Georgia’s three most legendary mountains

October 30, 2013 by

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For many tourists coming to Georgia the primary activities consist of a cultural tour of Tbilisi, centered around the Old City and Rustaveli Avenue, and then a trip to the Black Sea. Fewer are interested in the magnificent peaks of the Greater Caucasus, which is a shame, considering that the peaks of Georgia and Russia […]

Get Out of Kazbegi

May 23, 2013 by

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With the numerous vacation days in early May and the fast approach of summer many volunteers will be traveling throughout Georgia. Batumi, Svaneti, and Kazbegi are top locations for everyone’s itineraries. I’ll provide a description of the last one, and why you should get out of Kazbegi to explore the lesser known routes around the […]

Introducing Guy Fawkes: Advice for Putting on a Performance

February 4, 2013 by

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British TLG Volunteer Oliver Rogers spent last semester in Village Zumi, where he wrote and directed a school play that caught the attention of his village and local media. Oliver, or Olly as he prefers to be called, created a play dedicated to the English holiday, ‘Guy Fawkes’ or ‘Bonfire’ night, which is celebrated on […]

Reasons I left home

December 11, 2012 by

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I have heard this question countless times since I first arrived: What brought you here? What’s here that’s not in America? Why Sid, why??? Of course, I left home with a general idea of what I was doing and what I planned on achieving once I arrived, but I never formulated my reasons into concrete […]

“Why, Pedro, why?!” – Host Family Lesson Ideas

December 3, 2012 by

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Many a TLG volunteer spends a few evenings a week teaching their host siblings (and sometimes host parents!) English lessons. The lesson contents and styles vary depending on the interests and needs of the students – some lessons focus on homework help and reviewing school lessons, others expand into unknown nether regions of slang or […]

Rain, Rain, Go Away…

December 2, 2012 by

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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 […]

Game Tactics

November 26, 2012 by

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Is your class boring you to death with rote memorization and grammar drills? Are your students sleeping, passing notes or singing songs to themselves without really caring what’s happening in class? Are the holes in the wall, drafts and sounds driving you insane and making you want to fall asleep in the back of the […]

დიდი ხნის წინ, შორეულ გალაქტიკაში… [Ed.- A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away]

November 22, 2012 by

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Georgian is a difficult language, no doubt about it.  After more than two years living here, I’m nowhere near fluent and even struggle to read and hold complex conversations.  I get shy about speaking and it stands in the way of my improving.  Part of the problem is that I have precious little free time […]

Recipe: Pizza!

November 17, 2012 by

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As much as Georgians like khachapuri, I love pizza. It has been one of the foods from America I miss most. Recently, my host sister and I made pizza from store-bought khachapuri dough. We made the tomato sauce from scratch, which I have included the recipe below, and used shredded/grated cow cheese instead of sulguni. For […]

A Brief Guide to the Georgian Supra

November 14, 2012 by

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Even a cursory reading on Georgian culture reveals information about the mythical Georgian supra, a party to end all parties that Georgians reputedly throw as a frequent social event. Although my initial expectation was to be attending a supra every weekend, in reality, Georgians treat the supra as a special occasion, reserved for birthdays, funerals, […]

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

November 8, 2012 by

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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 […]

To the links, to the links…

November 2, 2012 by

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Hello Dear People of the Interweb Once again, we have been prowling, in the dead of night, when only the ghouls and the very brave and… well, and everyone else is on the internet, to bring you the very best links to the very best sites we could find. We on the blog team would […]

The Co-Teacher Experience

October 31, 2012 by

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Stepping into the classroom on my first working day in Georgia was an experience that I had anticipated, but this anticipation did not make the experience any less awkward. There was this classroom full of new students jumping to their feet in order to greet their first foreign English teacher, a classroom full of students […]

Teaching the Present Continuous

October 30, 2012 by

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Lesson Plan Local English Teacher: Manana TLG Volunteer: Mikkela Grade: 4th-6th English World Textbook Level: 2 Lesson Objectives/Target Language: Students are able to follow directions given in English Students are able to correctly use the present continuous Students understand subject/verb agreement Materials: Blackboard, student notebooks/paper, pen/pencil, action flashcards (found with Blue Book English World II […]