1. Is the program continuing through 2012/2013 and when should I apply?
As Teach and Learn with Georgia is one of the Georgian government's educational priorities, it will certainly be continuing through the 2012/2013 school year. We have new arrival groups every two weeks and the deadline is two weeks in advance of each arrival date. Teaching Term Options
2. Where will I be volunteering?
Volunteers are placed all throughout Georgia. Placements are in different cities, towns, and villages, based on need. Volunteers will not be placed in conflict zones (Abkhazia and South Ossetia).
3. Do I need to know the Georgian language?
Because Volunteers are co-teaching with Local English Teachers, it is not necessary to know the Georgian language. During Orientation Training, volunteers will have a basic Georgian language class, and will be provided with language learning materials. Additional Georgian lessons can be arranged by asking your Director or Co-Teachers if they are willing to provide you with supplemental lessons.
4. When does the program begin, what is the application deadline, and what is the length of the contract?
The program has start dates year round, every two weeks throughout the year. This means that the program begins for YOU when YOU want it to! The deadline for each arrival group is two weeks prior to the intended date of arrival. Please contact us at email@example.com and include your intended date of arrival so we can provide you with all the application details.
The contract may last 1-2 semesters, but depending on your arrival date, a semester can be as long as nine months or as short as three. When you complete a semester, you are always welcome to extend your contract on a semester basis.
5. Upon arrival, is there any training?
Upon arrival, each group spends one week together in Tbilisi at Orientation Training. The week-long training covers: topics on cultural differences, teaching methodology training, Georgian educational system overview, Georgian language courses, program expectations and obligations, safety training, and health insurance/banking information.
7. Can I decide where I want to live?
8. Is it possible to apply for a summer position?
There are summer opportunities within TLG, but these are part of lengthier contracts. Summer-only programs with TLG do not currently exist.
9. Do I buy my own plane tickets and then get reimbursed?
No. The TLG Flights Team purchases your plane ticket for you. The flight benefits of working for TLG include your round-trip ticket to and from Georgia, and if you sign up for two consecutive semesters as defined by the Teaching Term Options, you are rewarded with a second round-trip vacation ticket. See Teaching Term Options for more details.
10. What expenses does the program cover?
As the project “Teach and Learn with Georgia” is of high importance and priority to the Government of Georgia, TLG covers the following expenses of it's Volunteers:
11. Is there visa support?
Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to arrive and stay in Georgia for up to 360 days. If an applicant does need a visa, however, TLG will send them a letter of invitation once he/she is accepted as a TLG volunteer. The TLG team will assist with obtaining a visa, but please note that we will not be able to reimburse visa-related fees.
12. Can I travel to another country while volunteering in Georgia?
As long as the volunteer properly informs their school, their host family, and the TLG Team, there are no travel restrictions during the Volunteer's free time.
13. What is the length of the contract?