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If you’d brought a fortune teller to my orientation training at the Sheraton in 2010, I wouldn’t have believed the prophesied future. An unlikely bunch of 15, from the USA, Nigeria, Australia, Canada, and England. I had no idea that 18months later, three of us would remain, and that we would be in touch, not just with each other, but with new volunteers and those in the application process.
Our group were sent to the unpronounceable ‘Samtskhe Javakheti’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samtskhe-Javakheti), a region in the south, with the exception of 2 people placed in Tbilisi, and one who requested Kutaisi. Samtskhe-Javakheti is one of the least affluent regions, and in my village, old cables and pipes were being replaced (and new oil and gas pipelines being laid), meaning often no electricity, and drawing water from the well. This made communication with TLG logistically challenging, since no electricity meant no charged phone…
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