Teach Abroad - Republic of Georgia, Teach Abroad Programs

To Think, 30 Years Ago This Wouldn’t Happen in Georgia

by Kimberly Berls, with Greenheart Travel

Kimberly in a "Soviet Car"

I was sitting with this group of old men at a host family in the Republic of Georgia yesterday and one of the men said “I can’t believe we have an American in our house right now. If you would have told me 30 years ago that we would have Americans and English and Germans coming to Georgia, I would not believe it. In Soviet times, America was another world that we never dreamed of going to or having contact with. I am glad we can now welcome Americans to Georgia and I hope they can learn a lot about our country.”

CRAZY. You should see the bombed out Soviet factories and old soviet trucks and cars. I told David that they used to tell us in school that “nothing in the Soviet Union worked”… he laughed “well… these trucks still work!”

I haven’t felt at danger at all in Georgia…except last night when at 4:00 a.m. I thought a revolution was starting in our hotel. Someone was throwing furniture – I thought we were seriously being robbed or something, I was terrified.

When I came down in the morning I was like “DAVID?! Was there a freaking Revolution starting last night?” He laughed. Little did I know it was just some Irish guy who was belligerent and came home drunk, breaking everything in the hotel. So I guess the biggest danger in Georgia is drunken Irishmen!

About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.

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