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Country: Georgia
City: Tbilisi

Life in Georgia is generally on par with European levels of comfort. Tbilisi is a very old city that has expanded rapidly along a river valley. There are major international chain stores and restaurants in the city. Credit cards are widely used, Internet access is widespread and fairly reliable, mobile services cover the whole country, and the water is safe to drink. City roads are in good repair. Traffic jams and air pollution are rising concerns. Some conditions vary greatly between larger cities and smaller towns and villages. Although parts of Georgia are occupied by Russian forces, the country is peaceful as it works towards a resolution to its territorial issue; still, there might be some issues going to the Russian controlled territories.

Host Institution: Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University (TAFU)

The Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University trains actors of drama and film, musical theatre, puppetry, marionettes and pantomime; directors of drama, film and television; cinematographers; theatre and film critics; art historians; specialists in television and other media; choreographers; managers of tourism; and experts in the cultural-educational sector. Current and former students have gained international success and the highest awards at various film and theatre festivals and competitions. The University has the D. Aleksidze theatre, a research library, laboratories, and an educational research institute, which prepares encyclopedias of Georgian theatre and cinema. The University has faculties of Drama, Film and Television, Humanities, Social Sciences and Management, and Georgian Folk Music and Dance, with over a thousand students working toward B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

Primary Duties

  • The Fellow will work with film students and early and mid-career film professionals – especially those working at Georgia’s film production companies – to raise their English language fluency.
  • The Fellow will have the opportunity to teach students from other universities as well, including Tbilisi State University (TSU), Caucasus University (CU), and the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) to develop their speaking ability with emphasis on basic workplace vocabulary and international workplace norms, in addition to improving conversational English skills.
  • The Fellow will review and extend such conversational and reading skills as will enable graduates to work independently and/or lead teams on a film crew and develop their ability to apply for positions or film competitions which require an international standard CV and statement of intent.
  • The Fellow will teach screenwriting workshops for students at all levels.

Secondary Duties

The Fellow may be asked to:

  • Work with the English Access Microscholarship Program by observing and instructing teachers and participating in enrichment activities as well as taking part in Embassy planned activities at the American Corner Tbilisi or elsewhere.
  • The Fellow will support the Embassy to facilitate the AE webinar courses and MOOCs .

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