Accommodation and Meals
Students will stay in farmhouses in a local village near the site. This is an expedition so please note that our accommodations are comfortable, but rustic. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided seven days a week. There may be several free days (Sunday) when students will be able to travel to Tbilisi. Students who choose to do so will be responsible for their own food and lodging while away.
Accommodation availability at the site: Saturday, May 2 to Friday, June 12, 2020
- Internet (wifi)
- Shared rooms, dormitory style (gender segregated)
- Note: Vegan diets cannot be accommodated.
No group flight is available for this program; students must make their own travel arrangements. Students will be picked up at the airport in Tbilisi upon their arrival. Detailed travel information will be provided to students after admission.
Weather, Attire and Health
May and June are late spring months in the Republic of Georgia and weather patterns can be highly variable – from clear and hot to wet and cold in a short period of time. Nevertheless, the area we will be working in is generally comfortable and very similar to what we experience here in Toronto at the same time of year. The afternoons are characterized by highs of 23–25°C, while the evenings and mornings can be cool (lows of 12–17°C). Field archaeology students must be in excellent health and willing to work long, physically demanding days. If you are under medical care of any kind, you are advised to consult with a physician before going to Georgia. All health concerns should be discussed with the Professional & International Programs office prior to submitting your application form.
It is imperative that students bring comfortable work clothes – in particular, rugged hiking shoes, long pants and a hat are all very necessary items. Students are encouraged to pack for highly variable weather conditions. Significant amounts of rain can alter work schedules (you can’t dig what you can’t see) and comfortable light rain gear is highly recommended. Students must also bring a bottle of strong sun block and a durable water bottle. We also suggest you bring your own sleeping bag. A more extensive list will be sent to all accepted participants.
Important: All participants are required to submit a completed and signed Medical Clearance Form after admission to the program and attend a mandatory in-person pre-departure orientation in Toronto.
All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order. Information on entry requirements to Georgian is available from the Georgian Embassy in Ottawa.
At of the time of publication (December 2019), Canadians do not require a tourist visa to enter Georgia. Citizens of other countries may have additional requirements.