Teach and Learn with Georgia

Why choose Teach and Learn with Georgia?

Teach abroad in Georgia with the Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG) program! TLG is sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia to promote English language skills and cultural interactions. TLG is a unique educational reform program, especially because of Georgia's post-Soviet government, nothing like this has ever been done before in Georgia. Share your culture and your language with eager Georgian students!

The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia hopes to increase the use of the English language in Georgia through the help of fluent English teachers, create new teaching techniques, promote the exchange of cultures, and improve the education system of Georgia.



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A life-changing experience in charming Georgia

Apart from being an unmatched adventure and experience in cultural immersion, the opportunity to teach in Georgia with Teach and Learn with Georgia jump-started my career in education. My host family and community were all so welcoming and helpful.

The historic and natural sites in Georgia are stunning. There are castles, mountians, and waterfalls. The food is amazing: Megruli khartcho soup and cheese, ghomi, barbecue, khinkali dumplings, eggplant and bean dishes, satsivi soup, khatchapuri filled bread, and of course Georgian wine. And it's all even better at the many Georgian "supras," meaning "table," that you will feast at.

I stepped out of my comfort zone in going to Georgia, but learned so much about the world, and it changed my life for the better. Thank you, TLG!

What was your funniest moment?
I had a funny moment on my first morning with my host family that was very representative of my cultural adjustment. I had learned just a little Georgian so far, but my host dad asked me if I wanted hard boiled eggs, and I said sure. To my surprise he looked in the fridge, pulled some eggs out, and asked, "How about six?" He was seriously going to give me six eggs. My host family was always so willing to fill up my stomach with great food, and so generous. That breakfast was great, by the way. The two eggs I did eat were accompanied by fresh cheese, honey, tea, and other great treats that would precede a whole year of warm hospitality.
  • Kids are so happy to meet their foreign teacher and learn their language
  • Scenery, sites, and food are amazing
  • Host families and communities are welcoming, kind, and helpful
  • Rural areas can be hard to adjust to for those not used to it
  • Resources at some schools can be limited
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The good outweighs the bad

I have had some of the best time of my life living and traveling in this country. I have had the chance to experience their wonderful hospitality, cuisine, music and dances.
This experience can be both rewarding and frustrating at times but the good however outweighs the bad.
The lack of interest in some students can be discouraging, but I do my best to encourage them to want to learn more be it with the English club or games we play in the classroom.
This program offers a unique experience.

What would you improve about this program?
The communication between the TLG team and the volunteers.
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Both Good and Bad

I was in the summer 2011 group, and after 9 of us were left with no contact at Tbilisi airport,we finally made our way to Kutaisi-I had not slept in 30 - yes 30- hours,then they gave us 2 hours to sleep and then I and my group were supposed to meet with the Minister of Education-and no one awakened me; staff was in general like this, somewhat of a fiasco. They gave minimal Kartuli(Georgian)language lessons and the cultural awareness was redundant for many who had as myself lived-taught throughout the world already.

Staff were much less world - teaching - language expertise aware than many participants.They were really bothersome to say the least, unprofessional in not a few ways.

That said I had a SUPER GOOD family;I speak Russian and I had no trouble anytime getting around and spoke at home in Russian-my father was a former mayor and mother, maths teacher. I STILL am close to them and love them.

I know the TLG people were trying to do something good but I think all of us, at least the people in the program I knew-consider the high turnover staffers about a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10.

Nowadays I know the president of the country is not "Mischa Saakashvili", but Ivanishvili who favours the way things used to be before Georgia took independence. So I could not say what augurs for the possibilities of the program today. I would say if a person speaks Russian (I am native speaker of American English) then it will go very easily, just play along with the "matriculation", simplistic as it may be- then get with your family.

I found the people 99 percent of everyone in Sakhartvelo(Georgia) GREAT. Only one taxi driver, a Romansch Tsigan(Gypsy) tried to rip me off in Batumi once but otherwise I can't think of one bad person or experience as a trainer there.I got burned out on cheese bread but to say it tastes exquisite is to say the least. Other foods were good; especially sauces which are truly gourmand. I tend to vegetarian which they sort of chuckled at but overall the food was good.

Yes, and I learned to make wine and harvested grapes that autumn; we harvested just part of the crop and it was 300 kilos;it is a beautiful memory.And don't forget the cha cha (pure distilled alcohol). I really didn't drink but a tiny glass but it has a punch!

I cannot tell you how beautiful Adjara region is.We're talking picture postcard beauty.I will return, my own parents died years ago and I consider the family there my mother and father, for real and I can stay-live there anytime. People do not exaggerate when the speak of Georgians' hospitality.

If I were running the program I would get rid of 90 percent of the staff-training and have just a couple of professional, seasoned liaisons to run the show.

I would recommend this only to certain individuals. The groups have had fresh out of college kids who treat it like a frat party on spring break. It is NOT and they are a freakin' embarrassment to the states(where I am from).If a person has language(s), and teaching credentials(I mean specifically ESL Certs as I have ) - then by all means go. Otherwise I'd say probably no to the average person merely seeking fun and travel.

Again I love my family there and I will return and TLG made it possible - I am grateful to them for that.

What would you improve about this program?
Administration, absolutely.
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TLG - Georgia

Georgia has been a wonderful experience. The people are very friendly and welcoming. Most of the villages and schools are just excited that they have an English speaker and are very cooperative. Georgia has its share of discomforts: most volunteers are placed in smaller villages (mine has about 1000 people); bathroom facilities are low tech, which means showers once a week and sometimes Turkish toilets; schools are limited in what materials they have, expect little to no technology used in classrooms. All of that said, the people more than make up for these minor discomforts! Everybody in my village talks to me when we meet. I've received three bouquets of flowers this week already and I got more apples and nuts than I could eat during the fall. The teachers in my school got some useful phrases translated and hung them in our coffee room. And it's always great to hear kids improve their reading and become more confident. The little boys I live with delight in using their English, like yelling from the bathroom "I want toilet paper!" to saying "Let's go!" as we leave the house. Even now they are hovering around, asking me what I'm doing. I would not trade my time in Georgia for anything.

A note about Reach to Teach. Compared to the other volunteers in my orientation group, I felt very prepared regarding all paperwork (medical documentation, contracts, etc.) I had everything I needed with me.

What would you improve about this program?
Orientation is only a week which, in many respects, is enough. However, it's hard to go into a country with only one week of language training.
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a wonderful personal experience

I lived with a great family in a nice house. My town was not too far from Tbilisi, which I enjoyed. Being able to escape easily was pretty essential, as things to do in the town were very limited.
My teaching experience did not give me much teaching experience, though. Not very much was expected of me in the classroom which at first was a relief because I had had no prior experience, but I wish I had come away feeling more comfortable in front of a class. My co-teachers and principal were very nice and welcoming and did their best to make me comfortable.
The 11th group, which arrived at the end of January 2011, was a great group. I am still in contact with some of them, and there was usually something to do on a weekend. My stipend was enough to visit Tbilisi or somewhere else around the country almost every weekend.


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you decide to teach abroad with Teach and Learn in Georgia?

I decided to teach abroad with TLG for several reasons. First, there are less requirements than other programs which made TLG seem more relaxed. Second, I hadn't seen many other programs in that area, Georgia was different and unique. Finally, Georgia was a country that I didn't know much about, except for its ancient history when connected with Greece. It's been fun learning more about their history.

What made this teach abroad experience unique and special?

There have been many things that have made this experience special for me, mostly having to do with the people I encounter every day. One thing which always makes me laugh is how, anytime we have a school event, the kids line up to have a picture with me. It makes me feel like a tourist attraction! Another thing I love about Georgia is how interested the people are in foreigners. Anytime I travel or go shopping or do anything, as soon as they find out I'm not Georgian, the news passes to everybody else in the area. Then they talk to me like they know me and help me find what I want and tell me all about their families.

How has this experience impacted your future? (Personally, professionally, academically, etc.)

This experience has given me time in some new countries and a new language to study. It's been very rewarding learning Georgian and it's great astonishing my students with whatever I know. This year in Georgia has given me some breathing time to think about my next step in life. I haven't decided yet, but I've had plenty of time to think about it!

What is one piece of advice you would offer something considering teaching abroad in Georgia?

One practical piece of advice I would offer is to not bring a lot of clothes. We feel like we need to wear something new every day, but Georgians don't. The teachers and students at my school wear the same thing every day. It took me only a week to conform and worry less about my clothes. And it'll lessen your baggage so you can bring more souveniers home!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Mallory Lohmeier

Meet Mallory Lohmeier, the Marketing Coordinator for Teach and Learn with Georgia.

Tell us a little about how Teach and Learn with Georgia started.

In January 2010, the President of Georgia announced the current year as the year of education. Ongoing obstacles were addressed and extensive educational reforms were launched— Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG) being one of the most ambitious reform programs to tackle educational development. Under the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia (MES), TLG was designed to bring English speakers to volunteer teaching English in public schools throughout the country with the goal of improving English language skills of Georgian students and teachers alike, while fostering cultural exchange.

As a post-Soviet country, Georgia is at a turning point in its history. For centuries, while other countries and cultures were globalizing, Georgia’s borders were closed to the outside world. Now, as a sovereign state, Georgia has the opportunity to integrate with the rest of the world—linguistically and culturally. This is what makes TLG a particularly unique program. Bringing English speakers into classrooms increases English language proficiency throughout the country, which is essential to Georgia’s ability to assimilate into the modern world.

How many volunteers has the TLG program had?

The first group of Volunteer English Teachers arrived to Georgia in July 2010. By January 2012, only two years after the program was announced, over 30 groups of Volunteer English Teachers, from over 35 countries, have been placed throughout the nine regions of Georgia and the program is transcending its original goals.

What growth have you seen in the need for and recruitment of English-speaking volunteers in Georgia?

Today, 75% of Georgian students specifically picked English [to learn in school,] whereas previously, the dominate choice was Russian. Now, English is in the highest demand of any language throughout Georgia. Last year TLG had over 1,000 TLGVs and this year we are planning to hit 1,500.