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News | Program: English Access Microscholarship Program

Akhaltsikhe Access Program Students Enjoy a Movie Day | 19 Sep 2011

On September 19, Access Program in Akhaltsikhe carried out the showing of a film called “Soul Surfer”. Before showing the movie, Access Program English Teacher made a brief presentation on leadership followed by a pre-watching activity during which the teacher discussed the title of the film with the students and provided them with the vocabulary and tips on what to pay attention to while watching the film.
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Access Program Summer School | 25 Jun 2011

Access Program Summer School, which took place simultaneously in all four regions of Rustavi, Akhaltsikhe, Gori and Ozurgeti on June 20-24 highlighted the end of school semester. All four locations of program implementation used a unified agenda, which Access Program Coordinator developed especially for Access Program Summer School (see Attachment I / Access Program Summer School Agenda). Five day (30 hour) program included a lot of interesting information on American history, culture, traditions, sports, geography and etc.
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Access Program in Rustavi Discuss 20th Century American Classical Music | 10 Jun 2011

On June 10, the American Corner in Rustavi hosted a presentation delivered by an English Language teacher, Philip Tappan, for Access Program students. Mr. Tappen, who visited Georgia through the Georgian government-sponsored project "Teach and Learn with Georgia”, introduced the topic of 20th Century American Classical Music to a group of 25 Access Program students, teachers and Peace Corps Volunteers in Rustavi. The audience listened to music by famous American composers: George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and Aaron Copland and discussed the influence new popular music exerts on the world of music. Access students shared the ideas on their favorite composers and singers and agreed that American and Georgian youth like pretty much the same kind of music.
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Access Program Students from Rustavi Discuss Environmental Issues | 31 May 2011

On May 13, the US Consular Officer Andrew Partin lead a session on environment and ecology at the American Corner in Rustavi. The presentation included a documentary film “Human Footprint”, which illustrated the influence humans have on environment. The presentation was followed by a live discussion on environmental issues during which the guest speaker was pleasantly surprised by erudition of Access Program students and by how seriously they took the global problem of ecology and pollution. Students even proposed their own solutions for one of the most serious and vulnerable problems of humanity and underlined the role of the new generation in ensuring a better future for our planet.
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U.S Ambassador to Georgia Mr. John Bass Awards the Access Program Students with Enrollment Certificates | 9 May 2011

Award of Access Program Enrollment Certificates held in the months of April and May in Rustavi, Ozurgeti, Akhaltsikhe and Gori was one of the important highlights of the second quarter of program implementation and had a tremendous value and importance for increasing the students’ motivation.

Each and every student enrolled in the program was awarded the Access Program enrollment certificates signed by the U.S Ambassador to Georgia Mr. John Bass. In Rustavi and Ozurgeti, Ambassador Bass personally handed the certificates to the students and congratulated them on the enrollment in the program. In Akhaltskhe Mr. Kent Logsdon, Deputy Chief of Mission performed this honorable duty, while in Gori, Mr. Saul Hernandez, Acting Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy greeted the Access Program participants and presented them with the enrollment certificates.
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Access Program Students from Ozurgeti Get Inspired to Become Volunteers and Active Citizens | 29 Apr 2011

On April 29, US Peace Corps volunteers Erin Hardesty and Emily Height organized an enrichment activity on volunteerism and active citizenship for Ozurgeti Access Program students. During the session, the volunteers spoke about the history and importance of volunteerism in the USA. Students generated ideas on the ways and opportunities of the youth engagement in volunteer activities in rural settings of Guria. The PCVs showed short videos on volunteerism, which were later discussed by the students. The entire session was very interactive. According to the students, the Peace Corps Volunteers inspired them with the ideas of volunteerism and gave them what to think about during summer vacations.
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Gori American Corner Host Access Program Students | 28 Apr 2011

On April 28 American Corner at Gori Central Library hosted the Access Program students from Gori. In her opening speech, Inga Kasradze, American Corner Coordinator welcomed the students and briefed them about the history of American corners and a variety of books available there. After the coordinator’s speech, Access Program students made short presentations about the first president of the United States, the Star-Spangled Banner and the capital city of Washington D.C, which they prepared especially for the enrichment activity using the PowerPoint projector. The presentations were followed by interactive games and competitions based on the information presented.
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Peace Corps Volunteers Present for the Access Program Students from Akhaltsikhe on American Customs and Traditions | 27 Apr 2011

The American Corner in Akhaltsikhe hosted the Access Program students on April 27. Among the invited guest were Ann Martin, Executive Director of PH International and Berdia Natsvilishvili, Director of PH International Georgia Office. Zaira Keleptrishvili, Coordinator of Akhaltsikhe American Corner greeted the students and briefed them about the history and functions of the American Corner. The day continued with a presentation on American customs and holidays delivered by Peace Corps Volunteers Sarah Penrod and Ben Miller. Videos depicting the celebration of the 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Halloween caused a lot of interest among the students. The presentation was followed by Q & A session and interactive games related to the topic of American customs and holidays.
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Access Program Students from Gori Get Acquainted with the Lifestyle of American Schools | 7 Apr 2011

On April 7, Access Program in Gori hosted Corrie Weins, English Language Fellow, who made a presentation on Education System in the United States. Corrie Weins described the three main types of schools in America and talked of the lifestyle and routine of the American students. Corrie’s presentation was followed by a short film about the daily life of one of Chicago schools.
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Success Stories

Studying in the US Is Just a Step Away | 30 Nov 2015

Dianne Zhambakhidze was once a shy and silent student, but that was before she enrolled in Access. It took her nearly a year to find her voice, but now she is one of the most helpful and friendly members of the group. Peers admire her diligence and hard work and always pay extra attention to what she has to say in class when she answers questions and gives advice on homework problems.
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Access Students Find Summer Jobs | 1 Sep 2015

Second rotation of the Access program in Adjara region of Georgia started with its own set of challenges. After consultations with PH, “Changes without Borders” the implementing partner of the Access program decided to cast the participatory net wider to the outer and more remote locations of Adjara. The level of education and achievement among youth, in those remote locations, is lower than that in the Batumi public schools. Although over 200 applications were received, general starting level of language competencies among the selected 25 Access students was dramatically low. The majority of students could hardly read in English
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Access Program Student Wins FLEX Scholarship | 19 Oct 2012

Nino Samdonidze, an Access Program student from Akhaltsikhe, became a Future Leaders’ Exchange Program (FLEX) participant. She left for the United States on August 7 to complete her secondary education at a High School in Ohio, living with a local family.
According to her recent communication with the Access Program Teacher in Akhaltsikhe, Shorena Merabishvili, the first couple of months have been positively overwhelming with excitement, information, meeting new people and getting adapted to new environment and culture.

In her e-mail addressed to her Access Program English teacher, Nino wrote: “The Access Program prepared me so well for this experience! All those meetings that we had with the FLEX alumni and all the opportunities to come closer to American culture are helping me now to beat the culture shock and settle in. My family and I will never stop feeling deep gratitude to the Access Program, which played a huge role in enhancing not only my English language skills, but also developing my self-confidence and leadership qualities and prepared me for my present experiences.”
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