October 18th, I arrived at Tbilisi Airport at 3am.

I was picked-up from another volunteer and her friend. We drove to the volunteer’s flat and when I entered, I thought that this flat would be my new home for the next year.

It felt completely strange to me to call it “home”because my home is in Germany for my whole life.

During the next days I got to know my environment, including transport, food and all members of staff in my host organisation.

The organisation SIQA  is a non-profit legal entity, which is productively functioning in Georgia and abroad since 1999. SIQA oriented on development of critical and creative thinking trough informal learning among society’s members (age is unlimited), who’s motivated to positive changes, but also contribute to introducing innovative and already approved method of studying, that a person established as an active citizen, who’s oriented on self-development. (

The volunteers of SIQA are leading certain clubs, like English and German clubs, handicraft club and whatever the volunteers want to practice with youths of all ages.

During my first days, I will mostly help the other volunteer to prepare the club sessions.

In the following week, my Georgian language class will start. Since Georgian writing is very different from common German writing and the Georgian language is difficult to understand as well, it is necessary for me to learn it soon.


One thought on “Arrival”

  1. Hello Cata, thank you very much for your first impressions. It´s great how you plunge into the English länguage head over heels and now also start with Georgian. The traditional house in your photo looks very beautiful. I wish you a fine relaxed weekend With love Oma


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