Happy Holidays!

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In the US, Christmas is a hugely celebrated holiday. Right after stores get cleared of Thanksgiving decorations, Christmas spirit takes their place. The buildings and streets are decorated with twinkling lights, sparkling Christmas trees are all around, and Christmas carols play wherever you go. You’ll see excited children standing in line to take their picture with Santa and smell the distinct aroma of hot chocolate and cinnamon swirling around. It’s a magical time of the year!

American Councils will be closed on December 25 and 31.

FLEX Recruitment Is Open

We are happy to announce the FLEX recruitment for 2018.

 

No early registration needed! Learn more about the testing dates and test centers below:

Ninotsminda – School #1, Teriani st. #14. September 18th, 10:00.

Gori – School #3, Amilakhvari st. #26. September 24th, 10:00.

Telavi – School #7, Alazani st. #22. September 29th, 10:00.

Rustavi – School #22, Kutaisi st. #6. October 4th, 10:00.

Batumi – School #10, Javakhishvili st. #66. October 6th, 10:00.

Zugdidi – School #1, Aghmashenebeli st. #1. October 8th, 10:00.

Marneuli – School #5, Rustaveli st. #52. October 12th, 10:00.

Kutaisi – School #3, Tsminda Nino st. #2. October 13th, 10:00.

Tbilisi – School #55, Chavchavadze ave. #38. October 20th, 10:00.

Akhalthikhe – School #5, Parnavaz Mepe st. #6. October 22nd, 10:00.

Borjomi – School #3, Rustaveli st. #97. October 24th, 10:00.

For students with disabilities – American Councils office, Chavchavadze ave. #35a. October 30th, 10:00.

During 2018 selection season we invited all students to participate in the competition who:

(1) Are presently studying in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades and have good academic standing;

(2) Were born between January 1, 2002 and July 15, 2004;

(3) Are eligible to receive a U.S. visa;

(4) Have not lived in the United States for more than three months in the last five years;

(5) Are citizens of Georgia; (6) Have previously studied English or demonstrate English language abilities.

The FLEX program is open to all high school students who meet requirements of the program including students with disabilities.  Over 210 disabled students have already studied in the U.S. on this program. The age/grade requirements for disabled students differ from the requirements for other applicants. Disabled candidates must be born between February 15, 2001 and July 15, 2004 and must be studying in 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12thgrades.

Don’t forget to bring proof of eligibility (birth certificate/ID), one recent 3×4 cm photo, and a pen.

We wish you the best of luck!

PFP Fall 2019 is Open for Applications!

The Professional Fellows Program affords promising young professionals the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States government. The fellows will be part of a larger cohort of the Professional Fellows Program, joining fellows from Belarus, Russia, and Turkey. The knowledge and interest of these young Eurasian professionals in American political processes will be expanded through short-term fellowships in state legislatures and city halls across the United States, as well as on Capitol Hill and in non-profit organizations that address policy issues.

042617_3512_21PFP Program Goals are: to strengthen understanding of U.S. legislative process; to enhance appreciation of the role of civil society plays in shaping public policy and holding the government accountable; to create partnerships between U.S. and foreign institutions; to establish a common language for developing practical solutions for shared problems and concerns.
Important Facts: Georgian fellows of the 2019 fall program will be selected through a competitive application process. All interested candidates should apply online at ais.americancouncils.org/pfp.
Semifinalists will be selected based on their applications and then interviews will be conducted at the American Councils office in Tbilisi. The final decision upon finalists will be made by the independent committee members at American Councils D.C. office.

Upon arrival in the United States, fellows will participate in a three-day intensive introduction to the U.S. political process in Washington D.C. Fellows will then begin their five-week long fellowships across the United States in state legislatures and city halls, immersing themselves in the daily operations of state governance, government oversight, and citizen participation. At the end of the program, Fellows will be given a unique opportunity to meet PFP fellows from Bahrain, Bhutan, Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Singapore, Taiwan and learn about their legislative systems during two-day wrap-up conference organized in Washington, D.C.

Anyone who meets below listed eligibility requirements can participate in the program:

  • Be 25 to 35 years of age Georgian citizen at the time of application
  • Be a college graduate (an equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree or higher)
  • Be proficient in English. If you are selected as a semi-finalist, we will give you an
    institutional TOEFL exam, unless you have a valid TOEFL score over 500 (PBT), CBT scores over 173, IBT scores over 60 or its equivalent (for example, a university-level study in an English-speaking program or IELTS band 6 or higher).
  • Have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in the public sector and/or nonprofit sector (e.g., legislative, executive, and NGOs that address policy issues);
  • Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills. (Please, elaborate on your leadership and collaborative activities in essays at the end of this application, and submit/upload any certificates/materials that can prove your leadership skills).

Deadline for spring 2019 Program applications: April 1, 2019, 4:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time. The program dates for fall 2019 is October 15 – November 23, 2019
For more information, contact Natia Sharikadze – PFP Coordinator
American Councils for International Education in Georgia,
Chavchavadze Ave. Lane I, Building 6, Entrance II, Floor II, 0162, Tbilisi.

Telephone: (995 32) 229-21-06 ext.22
E-mail: pfp.ge@global.americancouncils.org
Website: professionalfellows.americancouncils.org