Williams in Georgia Winter 2024

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Williams has a unique program in the Republic of Georgia, which offers students the opportunity to engage in three-week internships in a wide variety of fields. Our students have helped in humanitarian relief organizations like Save the Children, interned in journalism at The Georgian Times, taught unemployed women computer skills at The Rustavi Project, documented wildlife, studied with a Georgian photographer, done rounds at the Institute of Cardiology, and learned about transitional economies at the Georgian National Bank. In addition to working in their chosen fields, students experience Georgian culture through museum visits, theater performances, lectures, and excursions. We will visit the sacred eleventh-century Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli and the twentieth-century Stalin Museum, see the birthplace of the wine grape in Kakheti, and explore the region where Jason sought the Golden Fleece. Participants are housed in pairs with English-speaking families in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital city. Students will submit weekly reports on their work while in the country (6 pages in total or the equivalent in another medium), as well as an overall reflection (4 pages or the equivalent in another medium) upon their return from Georgia.
The Class: Format: travel
Limit: 8
Expected: 8
Class#: 1290
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly reports on their work while in Georgia (6 pages in total or equivalent in another medium); overall reflection (4 pages or equivalent in another medium) upon return
Prerequisites: none; knowledge of Georgian or Russian is not required
Enrollment Preferences: interested students must attend an informational meeting and submit a short essay about their interest in the course
Unit Notes: Darra Goldstein is an author, food scholar, and emeritus faculty member at Williams. She has written an award-winning cookbook on Georgian cuisine and served on a culinary diplomacy program as a cultural envoy to Georgia in 2013.
Materials/Lab Fee: $3,885
Attributes: TRVL Winter Study Travel Course

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