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Mara Ink

Traveling Teachers met an extraordinary young woman outside of Oslo, Norway!  Sixteen years old and immensely talented, Mahnoor creates original stencils, lithographs them and then gives the profits to charity.  Her work is delicate, exuberant and incredibly gifted for someone so young.  She personifies what we're trying to accomplish at Traveling Teachers: teachers and students acting socially responsible and changing the world through expression and creativity.  Her work is only available in Norway at the moment, but we think you'll be seeing much more of her work in the future.

My name is Mahnoor Raja and I am 16 years old. I launched my collection on the 7th of September 2013. My collection of Elephants is called ELEPHANATI. Help me by ordering a product and support a charity! 
All of the elephants are handmade by me and are then "printed" onto the t-shirt with my signature and the MARA ink logo! 
I was given an art project to write about myself and interests, and so I decided to give my grandma a call. She has always had an obsession with elephants (since she grew up in Kenya) and so gave me the inspiration to draw elephants. I added a little twist to the idea of an original elephants and designed them in my own way by hiding symbols to them. Each and every elephant represent something. 

My little t-shirt business, which I hope to expand is based in Stavanger, Norway EST. 2013. If you have any questions or inquires, please feel free to write a message to the page using Private Message (inbox) or send an email to:

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10 Georgian Folk and Popular Songs Arranged for Guitar by Mirza Shvelidze (Author), Peter Bohan (Editor), Lasha Akhveldiani (Illustrator), Irma Qiria (Translator), Sopho Kvaratskhelia (Contributor)

 10 Georgian Folk and Popular Songs Arranged for Guitar
Georgian culture invites you to participate in song - be ready with 10 well known Georgian folk songs for guitar with both Georgian and Latin alphabet to sing along. English translation and guitar chords provided with link to soundcloud recordings featuring most of the songs to play along and practice.

Home - Voices from Georgia (a Music for Travelers production) now available on 100% of profits go back to education projects in Georgia.

Available now on! The music featured on this compilation showcases a sample of talented student musicians and singers from schools in Georgia. In addition, talented local musicians perform from regions including: Samegrelo, Ajara and Kvemo Kartli. Songs featured include polyphonic singing, traditional Georgian folk melodies and arrangements ("popuri" or "medley") of popular Georgian melodies.

All profits go back to education projects in Georgia through Traveling Teachers.

Featured artists - Mirza Shvelidze (phanduri, bass phanduri, vocals), Anika Gabiskiria (phanduri), Dato Chkhapelia (vocals), Khvelchauri Boys Choir (vocals), Manana Vekua (vocals), Natia Kukava (phanduri, vocals), Peter Bohan (guitar), Tatia Sakhuria (vocals), Tsalenjikha School 1 Singers (vocals)

MP3 download now available.

Everything you always wanted to know about living and teaching in Caucasus Georgia (but were afraid to ask).: Version 20.13 now available on and Kindle.

Kindle version now available!

Now available on Kindle! Charles Kinney Jr. (Author), Peter Bohan (Contributor), Sean Bridges (Contributor), Raisa Lagman Bugarin (Contributor), April Curtis (Contributor), Judy Elliott (Contributor), J'Nai Emery (Contributor), Dustin Gilbreath (Contributor), Amy Harris (Contributor), Leslie A. Jessen (Contributor), Anna Kinney (Contributor), Michelle Le (Contributor), Vance Etienne Alexandre Monet (Contributor), Jordan Robinson (Contributor), Rebecca Roy (Contributor), Kristine Lynn Von Bargen (Contributor), Neal Zupancic (Contributor)

What should I write about and what type of music are you looking for?

Traveling Teacher GuidesThe series breaks down things in chapters like any guide book, but we focus on practicalities and experience. Write about one of the chapter themes or all of them, but then you would have your own book and wouldn't want us:( Usually, essay form works best. Discuss the theme. Give lots of detail. Be funny and clever. Detailed, informative narrative works better than dreary IT WAS THE WORSE EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE pity parties, but if that's what it was for you, then write it. Usually, at the end of each essay, we encourage people to give at least one helpful hint (AVOID THE MEAT FROM THE BAZAAR) or if something is really useful, a super big hint (YOU WILL DIE IF YOU EAT THE MEAT FROM THE BAZAAR). Anything that saves money, makes life more wonderful for cash-strapped/time-crazed teachers and/or saves a life is usually a good hint. Humor goes a long, long way.

That's nice, but I need something a little more concrete!

The chapters are arranged along the following, so it's a broad range of topics to get everyone's viewpoint in. This is a general outline. At the end of the book are lists of contacts and numbers so people can get more information. There also is an up-to-date list of links to get more information. In short, a guide book with some attitude. Links, links, links! Found a great site that saved your life from eating the meat at the bazaar? Pay it forward and attach it to your essay.

Chapters (and some fabulous essay ideas):

CULTURE - Whats life really like in Georgia?
PEOPLE - What are Georgians and their kids like? 
LANGUAGE - Do I need to learn Georgian or Russian? 
COMMUNICATIONS - The Internet, phone and (no) postal services. 
TRANSPORTATION - How do I get around? What is a marshrutka? How do I avoid dying in a tragic accident trying to cross the street? 
CITIES - How do you pronounce Tbilisi and whats there? What else is there? What are “the villages”? 
WEATHER – Rain in Batumi and other conditions in Georgia.
TRAVEL - Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey 
DRINKING - What you need to know about Georgia and how to stay alive; making toasts; surviving a supra and escaping from a wedding.
DATING - How do I avoid getting engaged in my first week in Georgia?
MONEY - How cheap/expensive is it? What do they use and how do I get it?
HEALTH, SAFETY AND SEX - How do I keep myself from going crazy?
STUFF - What do I need? What should I leave behind? Visas?
OTHER - Good, bad and miscellaneous stuff that will be invaluable to you.
EDUCATION - Whats the education system in Georgia? 
THE CLASSROOM - What has worked/what hasnt worked? 
TEACHING RESOURCES - Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG), English Language through Civics Education (ELCE), American Corners (Akhaltsikhe, Batumi, Gori, Khashuri, Kutaisi, Tbilisi, Telavi and Zugdidi) USAID, British Council
JOBS! - Where do I go from here? Where can I find a job?

Music for Travelers: Folk music and original pieces are usually safe from copyright nightmares.  What type of music do you or your group like to perform?  Imagine taking some really old stale piece and ripping it apart with a death metal beat!  Take songs from your grandmother and electrify them.  Almost anything works, but we usually pick a theme and it helps guide us as well as you.  We want to reflect the culture and beauty of a place, but that doesn't mean we want it to be so old and boring that only folk music purists and people in god's waiting room will listen to it (and said respectfully, they usually don't know how to download anyway).  Rather, we want it to be a reflection of what a country was, what it is today, and where it wants to go.