November 10, 2002 - Peace Corps: The Peace Corps in Georgia

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The Peace Corps in Georgia

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The Peace Corps in Georgia

As a former Soviet republic, Georgia faces the challenge of building a democratic society and a free market economy. This continues in the midst of political and economic pressures from Russia to retain much of the infrastructure that was in place prior to Georgia's independence. Like other developing countries, Georgia welcomes the assistance that organizations such as the Peace Corps can provide.

The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in May 2001. They serve in rural communities and towns throughout the country, where they focus on offering and enhancing English education for Georgian students and teaching methodologies for Georgian teachers.

Interest in studying English in Georgia is in high demand. Georgians have a strong desire to improve their English skills, which will expand professional opportunities in areas such as teaching, tourism, business, and community development.

Volunteers work with English language teachers in provincial and rural schools managed by the Ministry of Education. Their primary activities include team teaching with Georgian colleagues within the English language classroom, initiating and implementing extracurricular activities for the school community, and instituting alternative teaching methods. To ease the severe shortage of textbooks and modern teaching materials, Volunteers are helping their schools establish English language resource centers and collaborating with their counterparts to develop curricula.

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