We would like to personally thank all the volunteers that worked so hard and participated with such enthusiasm this year (2016-2017): Aaron Spray, Alexander Thatcher,
Tony Hanmer, Dan Kiss, Danielle LaBrash, Lulu Mejia, Hannah Flora-Swick,  Helmut Welte, Jeffrey Silverman, Leslie Kozaczek, Kathy Wallace, Keegan Scott, Keegan Covey, Kenneth Monette, Laura Jenne, Maria Baranowska, Natalie Anne Taylor, Olga Bednarek, Patrick Timmes, Rebecca Milne, Susannah Wright, Daniella Molina, and Colin Lemr.  Much success to you in your future endeavours as well!

We are preparing for the End of Year Celebrations for our amazing TLG volunteers of 2016-2017.  It will happen at the ZP Palace Hotel in Tbilisi, and many esteemed guests will be present.  Hope to see you all there.

It was a long weekend in Georgia.  Hope all the volunteers are refreshed and energised after their time off!
Just a reminder to all those who are interested: TLG is accepting applications now for English, French, and German teachers.  Apply here using the "APPLY NOW" link, or send an email to
Please check out the following site ( for qualified French teachers.  We have received a few from them!

Across Georgia, public schools will be closed on Good Friday through to Easter Monday.  Easter is a highlight of the Georgian year, and it is celebrated in style all across the country.
The training session and teacher conference for Spring of 2017 is finishing today.  TLG volunteers, co-teachers, and guests spent a total of 4 days in the lovely resort hotel of Tskaltubo.  Photos and links can be found on the Facebook page.
Today is the first day back after the week long Spring Break.  We hope all our volunteers enjoyed the time off!

March 9th to March 14th will be Spring Break at the public schools.  March 8th also happens to be International Women's Day, which is a general public holiday.

We are in the middle of this semester's monitoring of the volunteers in their schools and host families, to make sure that everyone is gaining the most positive experience possible from their postings. 
The newsletter was published.  A link to it can be found on the Facebook page:
The January newsletter will be released on the Facebook page at the end of the month.  It updates TLGVs on news, cultural information and program announcements.  It is available on the TLG Facebook page.
Warm wishes to everyone for the seasonal holidays.  (Christmas falls on January 7th in Georgia, because of the old calander that is still in use for the Georgian Orthodox church).

We're very proud to announce that one of our volunteers (Alexander Thatcher) was chosen as an Honourable Mention for the age group of 14-18 participants in the 2016 Global Folklorist Challenge for the Smithsonian Institution. Alexander's students' entries were judged to be "exemplary, standing out from submission around the world. The entry is recognized as an Honourable Mention on our site at "

Alexander won a prize for his students and school from the Smithsonian Institute, and so we at TLG would like to extend a congratulations to him here as well.

Well done, and thanks for making a difference, Alexander!


As a post-Soviet country, Georgia is at a turning point in its history. For centuries, while other countries and cultures were globalising, 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. Further, bringing English speakers from diverse cultures into not only the classroom, but the communities, as well, encourages interaction and the sharing of values and customs – something Georgia has missed out on for far too long.

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