Teaching in Georgia is a great way to gain volunteer experience, experience life overseas, and learn more about an emerging nation.
Update as of January 2013: Please note that the TLG program is currently on hold indefinitely. New updates will be posted should there be any changes.
The Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG) program is a progressive education movement the Georgian government has introduced to implement sweeping educational reforms. Through the program, fluent English speakers are recruited to work alongside local English teachers in public schools across the country, implementing teaching methodologies that focus on listening and speaking skills. In addition to improving Georgia’s English language proficiency nationwide, the program also aims to provide an opportunity for cultural exchange between Georgia and the rest of the world.
Volunteer teachers in Georgia will teach elementary and middle school students in placements throughout the country. Teachers in Georgia receive a monthly stipend for their volunteer work.
Education System in the Republic of Georgia
The Georgian education system is divided into three levels:
- Primary (Grades 1- 6)
- Basic (Grades 7-9)
- Secondary (Grades 10-12)
Education in Georgia is compulsory through the Basic level.
The Georgian school year is divided into 2 semesters. The fall semester begins in mid-September, while the spring semester begins in mid-January.
Teaching in Georgia
Teachers in Georgia will work alongside a co-teacher. Teachers in Georgia will be partnered with a Georgian English teacher, and will be responsible for planning, creating materials and administering English lessons using the existing curriculum.
Volunteer teachers in Georgia will teach at the Primary level (grades 1-6) only. Class sizes in Georgia will vary, but teachers can expect a class of 10-20 students.
Teaching jobs in Georgia are located all across the country, though teachers will not be placed in the conflict regions of South Ossetia or Abkhazia.
Qualifications for Teaching in Georgia
Candidates for teaching jobs in Georgia must meet the following criteria:
- Native-level fluency in English
- At least 2 years of post-secondary Education (Bachelor’s Degree, Associates Degree, or College Diploma preferred)
- Clean nationwide criminal record check (CRC)
- Medical test clearance
- Flexible, open-minded attitude, with a desire to make a difference
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis as there are two start dates per month. Volunteers will sign a contract for one or two semesters with the opportunity to extend. Semesters range from three to nine months in length, depending on arrival date.
Teaching Program in Georgia
Teaching jobs in Georgia are available for terms of one semester (6-9 months) or two semesters (1 year). Teachers applying for a two-semester position will receive additional benefits. All teachers who have completed a semester in Georgia may renew their contract.
Teaching positions in Georgia start throughout the year. Orientation and training sessions are held for new teachers twice a month in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Teachers in Georgia will work 24-30 hours per week, and will also tutor their host family for 3 hours per week.
Teaching Salary and Benefits in Georgia
Teaching in Georgia is volunteer work. However, all teachers in Georgia will be paid a monthly stipend to cover their expenses. This monthly stipend is 500 GEL per month (approximately $300 USD). The cost of living is very low in Georgia, and the stipend is akin to a normal Georgian wage (the average monthly income is approximately $400 USD).
In addition to a monthly stipend, teaching jobs in Georgia offer a number of benefits. Teachers will stay with a Georgian host family, meaning accommodation is very inexpensive (approximately 100 GEL, or $60 USD, per month). Free events and excursions to local points of interest are arranged for teachers.
Round-trip airfare is provided for teachers, and teachers who commit to a 12-month contract are provided with an additional round-trip airplane ticket for holiday purposes. Teachers staying two semesters also receive 24 paid holiday days outside of the school year.
Teaching jobs in Georgia also include full medical coverage, though please note that pre-existing conditions are not covered. Learn about additional Teaching Salary and Benefits in Georgia.
Teaching Job Details
Teachers in Georgia will work 24-30 hours per week, including time spent on lesson planning. Teachers in Georgia are expected to be very professional, and should be punctual, flexible, and positive. There is only one English teaching volunteer in each school. Many volunteers organize extracurricular activities, usually based on a combination of personal interests and the schools’ needs.
Volunteer English teachers in Georgia will also tutor their host family for 3 hours per week, participate in cultural exchange activities, and get involved with the local community.