Browsing All Posts filed under »TLG Friends«

Just me being sentimental, all the time.

December 13, 2012 by


The words of Henry David Thourea have been rattling around in my head the last few days. As I watch the calendar pages fly and the time to leave draw nearer and ever nearer. He said, “… I wanted to live deep and suck the marrow out of life, and not when I came to […]

Saturday in Never-Never Land

December 1, 2012 by


It was Saturday. I was sitting in my pajamas, in the lounge when a troupe of musicians waltzed through the door, looking for somewhere to rest their heads that night. A matching set of Irish TLGers and a British one. I was sad to tell them that we had no space. They took the news […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Tamara Chanturishvili, Orientation Training Coordinator

November 5, 2012 by


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 […]

Town & Country Digest With a Touch of Irony

November 3, 2012 by


On Sunday afternoons, I know that there is one thing I am guaranteed to hear in the hostel in Tbilisi: “I don’t want to go back to my village. I want to stay here in the city. Stay here with my friends. Maybe I will wait just another hour.” I know this feeling well, I […]

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

October 29, 2012 by


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 by


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, […]

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

October 15, 2012 by


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 by


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 by


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 by


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 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 […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Nata Javakhishvili, Program Manager

September 10, 2012 by


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 […]


June 18, 2012 by


I’m starting to get used to goodbyes. As a TLG volunteer just rounding out my second year, this is now old hat. The friends I’ve made over the past months will go their separate ways – some back home, some to other countries, some to their summer assignments in Georgia. Most, I will never see […]

To One Another

June 16, 2012 by


I attended the TLG two-year anniversary ceremony on Friday, June 8. Prime Minister Gilauri and Minister Shashkin shared words of encouragement and gratitude. TLG volunteers from each region told how they’ve made differences in their schools and communities, and likewise how their schools and communities have made a difference to them. Because I’m nearing the […]