In the Classroom

I eventually make my way to my classroom where I teach my lessons. In the breaks between classes or before classes, some students I don’t teach like to try to say hello. There aren’t many that are up to it, but there are some. I’m told that the students I do have take great pride […]

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Walking to School

Georgians, from what I gather, rarely walk anywhere. Why walk, when for 40 tetris (25 cents), you could just take a marshrutka? When I first arrived in Kutaisi, I asked my co-teacher how long it would take to walk to the school from the dormitory. She said (and whatever she says is in a delightful […]

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Sad Kutaisi “Host Family”

Dormitory director, his assistant, Pakistani host brother and myself all make up our own little “host family,” not too unlike the host families the other volunteers are living with. Director and assistant help out with pronunciation, reading the Georgian alphabet, menus, ordering us food, showing us shops, covering meals, making sure we’re fed and housed, […]

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First Day

The vocational school turns out to be quite a bit different than what I had expected it to be. It isn’t really part of the public school system; it’s not a K-12 school like the other volunteers are placed in. It still is a public school (and there are also USAID signs outside the school), […]

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School Introductions

Around 11:15, my Georgian co-teacher showed up to the dormitory to take me and Pakistani host brother to the school to show us around and introduce us to the director of the school. We took the bumpy Marshrutka there. It’s only a ten minute walk so normally I go by foot. Marshrutkas are the primary […]

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Breakfast

8:10am, the phone rings. Hello Steven, this is the director. (I won’t name names or institutions I’m working with) I will be there in fifteen minutes. Okay, I respond. I’m still a little unsure of what my relation to this director is (I have four or five “directors.”) I believe he is the head of […]

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The Uncertainty Principle

The Coen brothers really like using the Uncertainty Principle in their films. I completely lack the kind of mind to grasp the actual physics of it, but the way that the Coens use it in their films really speaks to me. All of their films are really about the nonsensical nature of the progression of […]

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