Blog Carnival Announcement: Money in Georgia

I’ve decided to host a Blog Carnival about Money in Georgia. Basically the way this works is that anyone who is interested in participating will write a blog post about the topic “Money in Georgia” and send me a permalink to it, and I will then create a post which contains links to each of these posts along with a short synopsis of each link. I will “publish” this carnival in about two weeks – Wednesday, December 1st – at which point people will be able to find a whole bunch of articles about Money in Georgia by coming to the Carnival. I would also ask that each individual contributor put a link to the main Carnival page in their post.

The Carnival permalink is

This link will not become active until the Carnival is published. Please try to send me your submissions by Saturday, November 28th so I have time to assemble the links into some coherent and interesting structure.

The Money in Georgia posts can be about anything related to money in Georgia – anything from personal finances to Georgian economics. For example, I think it would be interesting to hear whether and how people are getting by on their TLG stipends, whether and how much people are paying their host families, or what the economic situation looks like in the cities or villages where people are placed. I know that there are also aspects of Georgian finances that mystify me – for instance, how Georgians make ends meet given the generally low salaries and high unemployment here; and where all the money comes from for people who go to the upscale bars and clubs and restaurants in Vera and other downtown Tbilisi locales. I’m sure there are other topics to cover that I haven’t even thought of, so feel free to be creative!

Anyone who is living in or has experience with Georgia can participate – this is not limited to TLG members or to native English speakers. I would certainly be happy to hear from Georgians on the issue, however, because my Georgian is at a very basic level I can only include posts written in (or translated into) English.

Contributors can leave links to their posts in the comments section here, message me on facebook, or email me at my gmail account, username neal.zupancic.

I look forward to reading what everyone has to say about this topic. If it goes well, I may host new carnivals once or twice a month.

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5 Responses to Blog Carnival Announcement: Money in Georgia

  1. Eric says:

    I dont have a blog. Can I just leave my 2 cents in the comments?
    And yes that 2 cents was intentional. =)


  2. Irakli says:

    One of your colleague, Max Schneider touched this subject in his blog posting
    I’m hesitant to say I live like a king here, but compared to my fellow teachers, I think that’s a fair statement. I make much more than them despite the fact that they have families to worry about (most of them are women whose husbands work, but that doesn’t take away from how little they make). If anything, they’re the volunteers.

    So, needless to say, I’m hesitant to refer to myself as a volunteer, although if you’ve noticed before, I usually refer to other members of the program as “fellow volunteers.” I think it’s a term I picked up from TLG, since that’s what they call us in any official communication. But again, I wouldn’t call any of us volunteers. When my Mother and Father met in the early-eighties as Visa Vista Volunteers, they were much more deserved of the title, since they made next to nothing and had to pay for their own housing (my Mother at first shared an apartment with another volunteer for $80 a month). My parents were downright poor then, while right now in Georgia, I’m practically middle-class.


  3. Victoria Wheeler says:

    When’s this goin’ up?


  4. Pingback: Money in Georgia, part one: Personal Finance | Georgia On My Mind

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