Browsing All Posts filed under »Arts/Music/Dance«

Backstage at my first Georgian dance concert

October 26, 2013 by


I pulled off my warm fleeces and slipped into the traditional parikaoba shirt. It was too big for me. I glanced at the faded tag: it once belonged to someone Lasha. A few boys tried to get a fire going in a rusty petchi (i.e. a small tin wood stove balancing on wobbly legs), making […]

Interview with Dato Tsomaia, Georgian Rock Star

September 24, 2013 by


Through a Georgian friend I met Dato Tsomaia, the drummer from the popular band LOUDspeakers. The band has a new wave indie sound with deep, dark undertones. Think Interpol-meets-Joy Division. I wanted to find out his thoughts on the Tbilisi music scene. Dato speaks English fluently and provided all the answers himself. Interviewer: Please introduce […]

An Extracurricular Extravaganza!

December 19, 2012 by


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 […]

The Ashigs, Ashiks, Ashiqs of Algeti

December 18, 2012 by


[I wanted to post something about the work I have been doing outside of teaching with TLG but please keep in mind that I did this with fellow volunteers and I received some invaluable contacts from other volunteers within TLG that made the project possible] Anna Harbaugh (my girlfriend and a speaker of Russian), Stefan Williamson-Fa (my […]

Interview with a Tourist

December 9, 2012 by


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 […]

Supra Survival Tips

October 27, 2012 by


Supras are one of the many challenges facing TLG volunteers, especially if one is placed in a village.  As most of you know, a supra is a huge feast in celebration of something, led by a tamada (toastmaster) in which everyone eats their weight in food and toasts everyone and everything with never-ending wine and […]

My Spoiled Life

September 28, 2012 by


In training week we are presented with a lot of worst-case scenario situations and, of course, how to handle it. By the time we were waiting to meet our host families, I was preparing myself for the worst, girding myself for battle, as it were. I arrive at my school to find they had a […]

The Very First Friday Links Round-up

September 21, 2012 by


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 […]

The International Symposium of Polyphonic Music and the music of your region

September 21, 2012 by


A Georgian acquaintance recently said to me: ” In Georgia there are three important things: singing, dancing, and drinking”. A symposium coming up on September 24th will be focusing on the first of the three, more specifically “polyphonic singing.” The conference will be held Monday through Friday with lectures from international scholars as well as performances by both […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Gvantsa Koberidze, Academic Coordinator

September 17, 2012 by


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 […]

Poetry vs Creme Brulee?

May 22, 2012 by


My passion for the English language goes beyond teaching. I studied culinary arts in Switzerland, but always had an undeniable passion for language and literature. During my internship in Miami, FL, I decided to pursue my other dream and I tried my luck submitting a manuscript of my poetry. It got published! My book is […]

A Girl Named Michelle and Men’s Dance Shoes

April 7, 2012 by


I’ve always thought I could be a great dancer. Given the chance, by this time I could be touring foreign lands to reveal my amazing dance skills. However, I was not given the chance. I’ve never been to a dance class, and the only practice I’ve had is when I prance around the house in […]

A Small Country With a Big Heart

March 20, 2012 by


As the first few notes of “Mambo number 5” came out over the loudspeakers, my co-teacher grabbed my hand and I was tugged to the dance floor. Within seconds, we were dancing with a majority of the staff from my Kutaisi school. And before the first chorus started, a group of 11th grade boys had […]

უბრალოდ ცეკვა

March 5, 2012 by


კას ლოური ხალხი მეკითხება, საიდან გავიგე საქართველოს შესახებ. ყველაზე ადვილი პასუხი დიალოგის გასაგრძელებლად ჩემი ქართველი ჯგუფელების ხსენებაა, თუმცა ეს სრული სიმართლე არაა. ჩემი საუკეთესო მეგობარი ქართველ ამხანაგებთან ერთად საქართველოში ჩავიდა. როდესაც დაბრუნდა, ემოციებს სიტყვებით ვერ გამოხატავდა და  ამ ახლადაღმოჩენილი მიწა-წყლის შესახებ მთრთოლვარე ხმითა და ჟესტიკულაციით გადმოგვცემდა. როგორც იქნა, მიხვდა, რომ მხოლოდ ემოციები და სიტყვები არ […]

Just Dance

March 5, 2012 by


People ask me how I first heard about Georgia. It’s usually simplest to continue the conversation by just mentioning “oh, some friends in uni were Georgian,” but that is a half-truth. My best friend traveled to Georgia with these Georgian friends one summer in university; when he returned, his excitement for this newly-discovered land could […]