I was introduced to the Republic of Georgia through a Georgian exchange student who came to my high school through the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program in 2008–in fact, she arrived in the U.S. just as the Russo-Georgian conflict was unfolding. We became great friends, and in the true spirit of Georgian hospitality, her family welcomed me to stay with them in Tbilisi in summer 2010. As is the case with many other unsuspecting visitors, I quickly became a devoted Georgiaphile.
This year I will be working with ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), one of three NGOs that advises UNESCO on cultural heritage management. The aim of my Fulbright project is to help develop effective ways for residents of Old Tbilisi to improve their quality of life while preserving their city’s magnificent architectural heritage. My time in Georgia begins on 14 September 2012, and will end on 29 May 2013.
As a disclaimer, this blog is not in any way affiliated with the U.S. Department of State, the Institute of International Education (IIE), nor the Fulbright Program. While I am a Fulbright grant recipient, my views, thoughts, etc. expressed on this site do not represent the aforementioned organizations.