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Teach in the Republic of Georgia
By Miriam G. Mazliach
July 6, 2010
In these days of budget cuts, staffing reductions and eradication of educational programs, those considering entering the field of Education, may be thinking twice. Well, maybe you need to re-consider or consider Georgia?not the U.S. state, but the Republic of Georgia in Eastern Europe.
Greenheart Travel, within the Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI), a leading non-profit in international education exchange since 1985, has created a new program in cooperation with the Republic of Georgia in an effort to foster cross-cultural understanding and education.
According to Greenheart?s Development Coordinator, Kimberly Berls, ?This new partnership was initiated by the government of Georgia. It?s been 20 years since the decline of the Russian rule in the Republic of Georgia. The country?s President and government want to instill a culture of democracy and help the people move past the Soviet era ideas and language and pick up English as a second language.?
Positive feedback from the government, based on past interaction with Peace Corps volunteers who had worked in their public schools, encouraged CCI, and Greenheart, to adapt a program for those who wanted to teach.
Ideal for individuals who are struggling to find a job in the current economic climate, or for those interested in experiencing new cultures or travel, this is a unique opportunity to work as a volunteer English-language teaching assistant in a Georgian public school.
For either a 6 or 12 month commitment, people can travel to Georgia and get paid to teach while immersing themselves in Georgian culture.
Minimum qualifications for teaching in the Republic of Georgia are an Associate?s degree in any field, being a native English speaker and citizenship in an English-speaking country (Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand).
The overseas volunteer will work four to six hours a day, in conjunction with the English language teacher at the public school where they are placed. There is an opportunity to work with a variety of age groups as students in K through 12 are at the same school. Most schools are equipped with all of the necessary teaching materials needed including computers and internet access.
Berls, who has lived and travelled to many countries, just returned from the Republic of Georgia. ?It?s among the five safest countries I?ve ever been to. The environment is very open, and I found the people to be very hospitable and accepting, especially of Americans.?
There is no fee for involvement with this program. Participants receive a free flight to Georgia, an additional flight and three weeks of vacation during Christmas (for 12-month contracts), full room and board, medical insurance within Georgia, orientation and training in Tbilisi, and a monthly stipend of $500 Lari (approximately USD $300). Volunteer teachers live with Georgian host families who are selected by the Georgian Ministry of Education. The participant has their own room, and the host family provides all meals. It?s truly a chance to experience Georgian life firsthand.
Location placements vary, but most are in the capital city of Tbilisi and in the Adjara region along the Black Sea. Geographically, Georgia is quite diverse, and has many small cities along the coast and in mountainous regions.
If interested, the first step is to fill out the application which can be accessed at http://www.cci-exchange.com. It will be reviewed by Greenheart Travel who will follow up with a phone call interview. Afterwards, the paperwork will be submitted to the government of Georgia to make the final determination.
Application deadline is August 15 for the upcoming school year which begins on September 1.
Call 1 (888) 227-6231 or visit the website: www.cci-exchange.com.