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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 […]