Georgia

About

As early as 1994, the government of Georgia indicated interest in hosting Peace Corps Volunteers. In late 1999, after repeated inquiries from the Georgian government and with affirmations from the U.S. embassy that the security and development situation was highly favorable for Peace Corps Volunteer activities, the potential for a program was reassessed. Following a positive review, the Peace Corps began designing the Georgia program in 2000.

In exploring various programming opportunities, Georgian government officials and Peace Corps staff determined that an education project targeting English language learning, interactive teaching methods, and the use of new technologies would meet the nation’s growing demand for English language competence and have great potential for enhancing the capacities of the Georgian education system. In 2001, 21 Volunteers arrived to work in secondary English teaching assignments. In 2004, Peace Corps/Georgia initiated a nongovernmental organization (NGO) support project with 10 Volunteers, which has evolved into the Individual and Organizational Development project.

The unexpected August 2008 invasion of Georgia by Russian forces led to the evacuation of all Peace Corps/Georgia Volunteers. By mid-August all fighting had ceased, but Russian forces continued to occupy areas of Georgian territory well beyond the boundaries of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. With no immediate resolution in sight, Volunteers either transferred to other posts or closed their service. Peace Corps/Georgia welcomed the next group of Volunteers in 2009. The program gained strength with both English Education and Individual and Organizational Development Volunteers serving across the country. Then in 2010, Peace Corps/Georgia initiated the Peace Corps Response program and brought in 15 Volunteers with specialized skills in different areas such as environmental education, tourism, English teacher training, and others. Since then, a new group of Response Volunteers has served in short-term assignments each year. Since 2001, more than 500 Volunteers have served with Peace Corps/Georgia.

Requesting a Volunteer

Peace Corps Georgia is currently receiving applications from NGOs, schools, and other institutions who are interested in hosting a Volunteer. Please review the information below to learn more about each program (English Education, Individual and Organizational Development, and Response) and how you can request a Volunteer.

English Education Program

English Education Program

Peace Corps Georgia Education Program is pleased to invite motivated and qualified Georgian public schools to apply to English Education Project. The winning schools will have the opportunity to collaborate with an American Volunteer English teacher throughout 2018-2020 academic years to enhance English language teaching and learning at schools. Peace Corps has been successfully implementing English Education Program in the regions of Georgia for 17 years already. We invite the public schools with at least 24 hours of formal English instruction per week to participate in the competition. This invitation is open to all public schools in the regions of:

  • Kakheti (except north of Akhmeta)
  • Mtskheta-Mtianeti (except Stepantsminda)
  • Kvemo Kartli
  • Shida Kartli
  • Samtskhe-Javakheti
  • Adjara
  • Guria
  • Imereti
  • Samegrelo
  • Racha-Lechkhumi
  • Svaneti 

Interested schools can refer to the Site Identification Handbook and Host Family Brochure - informational guides which provide details about the program and school or the host family selection criteria, and can download Volunteer Request Form. Hard copies of Volunteer Request Forms are also available at local Education resource Centers. Schools will need to submit a filled out Volunteer Request Form to [email protected] or hand-deliver it to Peace Corps Georgia Office at 29a Vazha Pshavela Avenue, Tbilisi 0160. 

The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2017.

For additional information, please contact the Education Program Managers:

Teo Neparidze
Telephone: (0 32) 224 12 24
Fax: (0 32) 239 91 06
E-mail: [email protected]

Asmat Sikharulidze
Telephone: (0 32) 224 12 24
Fax: (0 32) 239 91 06
E-mail: [email protected]

Ia Gelashvili
Telephone: (0 32) 224 12 24
Fax: (0 32) 239 91 06
E-mail: [email protected]

 

Individual and Organizational Program

Peace Corps Georgia Individual and Organizational Program is pleased to invite motivated Georgian organizations and community groups to apply for participation in Peace Corps’ Individual and Organizational Development Project. Selected organizations under this program will be able to work together with a Peace Corps Volunteer for the years 2018-2020. The purpose of the project is to promote organizational and community development by providing Peace Corps Volunteers to assist Georgian individuals, organizations, community groups, and NGOs build their capacity to develop and implement sustainable programs and activities. This invitation is open to organizations and community groups in the following regions and municipalities:

  • Kakheti (except north of Akhmeta)
  • Mtskheta-Mtianeti (except Stepantsminda)
  • Kvemo Kartli
  • Shida Kartli
  • Samtskhe-Javakheti
  • Adjara
  • Guria
  • Imereti
  • Samegrelo
  • Racha-Lechkhumi
  • Svaneti 

The organizations located in the villages and towns within the five kilometer administrative boarder line with Abkhazia and South Ossetia are not eligible for participation.

Interested organizations or community groups can refer to Site Identification Handbook and Host Family Brochure - informational guides which provide details about the program, organization and host family selection criteria - and can download the Volunteer Request Form. 

If your organization or community group is in the above mentioned regions/municipalities and is interested in working with a Peace Corps Volunteer throughout the 2018-2020:

The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2017.

For additional information about the Peace Corps and this program, please contact the Individual and Organizational Development Program Manager.

Tika Revishvili
Program Manager
29a Vazha-Pshavela Ave, 0160 Tbilisi
Tel: 224 -1222/23/24
E-mail: [email protected]

 

Response Program

Peace Corps Georgia Response Program is pleased to invite motivated and qualified Georgian governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and educational institutions to apply to Response Program. Applicants will have the opportunity to collaborate with an American Volunteer to enhance organizational and human capacity, for the duration of six to twelve months.

How can Response Program Volunteers help your organization?

Response Program Volunteers have served at different organizations in Georgia, such as ministries, international organizations, local and regional NGOs, universities, vocational education institutions, and others. They have been assisting Georgian counterparts in designing policies and strategies in environmental education, increasing awareness about Volunteerism, developing grant proposals, designing capacity development trainings, teaching English and designing teacher trainings, improving organizational management, communications, and others.  

What do you need to do in order to request and host a Response Program Volunteer?

  • Organizations are required to find appropriate housing for Volunteers and submit three potential host families.
  • Organizations are required to work closely with a Volunteer. Peace Corps’ goal is to ensure capacity development and sustainability of the projects at the organizations. Therefore, close collaboration with a local staff member -“counterpart” is crucial. 
  • Organizations are required to prepare a workplace for a Volunteer.
  • Organizations are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Peace Corps.

What are the stages in the Response Program application process?

  • Read carefully the “Guidelines for Organizations” and pay particular attention to Peace Corps’ selection criteria.
  • Stage One: Fill out the Peace Corps Response Program Volunteer Request Form and submit it by October 16, 2017
  • Stage Two: Develop a Peace Corps Project Description, which describes your organization’s needs, qualification requirements, working conditions, and submit it by the deadline.
  • Stage Three: Identify and submit three host Families that comply with Peace Corps Criteria. You must submit one host family option along with the application form and submit an additional two host families within two months after completing the second stage of the application process and submitting project descriptions. 

E-mail your completed Volunteer Request form to [email protected] or deliver it to the Peace Corps office in Tbilisi: 29a Vazha-Pshavela Ave, 0160 Tbilisi. It must be received by October 16, 2017. 

Important: Please note that the Peace Corps Response Program will accept applications from the following cities/districts/regions:

  • Tbilisi
  • Kakheti (except north of Akhmeta)
  • Mtskheta-Mtianeti (except Stepantsminda)
  • Kvemo Kartli
  • Shida Kartli
  • Samtskhe-Javakheti
  • Adjara
  • Guria
  • Imereti
  • Samegrelo
  • Racha-Lechkhumi
  • Svaneti

The villages and towns located within the five kilometer administrative boarder line with Abkhazia and South Ossetia are not eligible for participation.