January 13, 2008

Goin' To Georgia...The Country, That Is

I was selected, along with 11 other economics teachers around the US, to go to the Republic of Georgia in March on a Study Tour. The study tour is run by the National Council on Economic Education in cooperation with the US State Department. All expenses are paid. First we will be flying to Washington DC for a two day orientation and to meet with members of Congress and their staff, and then we well be off to Tbilisi, the Capital of Georgia.

Georgia sounds like an incredible place to visit. It is at a crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, although it claims to be different than all of these places. I was also thrilled to hear Georgia has GREAT food that is famous throught the world.

On the visit we will be meeting with Georgian economists, business leaders, and Ministry of education officials. We will also be visiting some schools, and it will be interesting to see what they are like.

Georgia's people are now embracing economic freedom and capitalism; for most of the past century Georgia's people were mired in poverty with no economic freedom and greatly suffered under communist rule. Georgia was ranked by the World Bank as the #1 economic reformer in the world for 2007. It will be very interesting to see these changes first hand...and did I mention the food?

Here is a Georgian tourist site to check out some of the beauty of Georgia.


rena said...

After reviewing the propurse of this trip, I've come to accept that it is to promote economic gowth in Goergia. Although, I must admit I didn't know a country name Goergia existed. This trip have helped student like myself discovered something unknown to us, meaning countries like Georgia.This is a good idea, and I hope you have fun during your visit. By the way contulations on your nomination!

Bigmel said...

wow! what a great opportunity what has been given to excellent teacher like you. u really do deserve such a opportunity.I do believe that Georgia is a nice place to take a visit but i don't know how you're going to learn the language ha. anyway i wish you save trip, please don't forget to take a picture i would really want to see images from that land.opportunity has been presented enjoy it calmly

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your nomination! cant say i ever heard of the country Georgia but im sure it will be an unforgetable expierence....and i hope you'll make a difference for the people over there..im sure you will..

Josh Anderson

Zachary Shamblott said...

The georgia trip sound like a tremendous oppourtunity. Georgia sounds like a great place. What an honor it must be. Have fun on the trip.
Zachary Shamblott period 4