In 2003, I was fortunate to travel to the Republic of Georgia on behalf of the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) to carry out a volunteer assignment. I found it to be a fascinating country, struggling with the grim realities of a post-Soviet economy. The Georgian people are warm and welcoming and I made many life-long friends. In 2009, CESO posts another assignment. The client is a farming cooperative in the small rural city of Ozurgeti, in Western Georgia near the Black Sea. They ask for an advisor with small business management experience and CESO gives me the assignment.
Georgia is not part of Russia, although it was an autonomous republic in the former Soviet Union. Georgia declared itself an independent country in 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is strategically located in the Caucasus, on the boundary between Europe and Asia. For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_(country)