Behind the Scenes: Meet Jitendra

In July, SCOLA followers traveled to India for the Country of the Month. Our providers Jyoti and Jitendra from India shared information on their home country, including a traditional recipe and information about holidays India celebrates.

SCOLA provider Jitendra lives along the shores of the Arabian Sea in the southwest state of India knjitendraown as Goa. Goa is a world famous tourist destination known for its unique blend of eastern and western culture, it’s beautiful beaches, magnificent temples and churches, and lovely surroundings . Jitendra lives in Goa with his mother, wife, and two sons.

Jitendra has his a Bachelors Degree in Physics, and also holds a post graduate diploma in Administrative Management, a diploma in interior designing, a post graduate diploma in counseling and psychotherapy and he is also pursuing a Master of Arts in Psychology specializing in industrial and organizational behavior. Jitendra is an Interior Designer by profession and manufactures exclusive furniture, lamps and works of art like paintings and murals. He also practices as a counselor and psychotherapist, and provides training in leadership, team building, goal setting, time management, conflict resolution, stress management, neuro-linguistic programming and yoga. Jitendra also enjoys giving motivational speeches and speeches on scientific spirituality. Jitendra’s hobbies include reading, traveling, writing poems, acting, dancing , public speaking, and painting.

SCOLA was honored to have Jitendra as a guest in June 2012 as a cultural and vocational ambassador of India. Jitendra was selected to visit SCOLA by the Rotary International district 3170 from India. Jitendra states “I liked the kind of work which SCOLA does and was very much impressed by it. I thought there is a lot which I could share with SCOLA about my country India, which has such a rich and diverse culture which is 5000 years old.” Jitendra expressed his desire to become a provider with Mr. David Decker from SCOLA and he was promptly accepted. Jitendra says “It is my pleasure to share about the culture and tradition about my country India, with SCOLA which in turn shares it with rest of the world, thus helping in getting to know about other cultures and in bringing people of world together thereby promoting world peace, understanding and brotherhood. I take a great pleasure in doing such a kind of work.”

SCOLA appreciates the hard work that Jitendra and all of our providers do to make sure our subscribers have the most accurate, interesting, and up to date information. Check back soon to travel with SCOLA to our August Country of the Month!

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SCOLA to Host our 22nd USTTI Training Course

USTTI 2013

SCOLA staff is excitedly preparing to welcome international participants for our 22nd USTTI training course. On August 11th we will host visitors from around the world at the SCOLA Campus and have the opportunity to provide hands-on training courses and show hospitable American culture to international guests for two weeks.

     USTTI courses at SCOLA provide great opportunities for exchanging cultures and improving international communication. This year’s training course will take place during a two week period at the SCOLA campus in McClelland, Iowa. The training will included hands-on sessions in video transmission, satellite fundamentals, and SCOLA services. Evenings and weekends will present a more laid back atmosphere for the guests to enjoy Omaha, Council Bluffs, and the surrounding areas.

     The USTTI training course always makes for a busy time at the SCOLA campus, but we look forward to meeting our new group of USTTI participants!

The Secret to Easy and Reliable International Travel

Imagine the international adventure of your dreams and then turn those dreams into a reality with On the Street Videos from SCOLA. Your first stop is Bangladesh, where you can experience firsthand what it’s like to be a freedom fighter. Our next stop will take you to Iraq, where you can uncover what life used to be like living in Baghdad as a Kurdish political activist. Are you tired of traveling yet? We hope not, because you’ll want to be wide awake on our third stop as we explore the culture of Myanmar at Sunday Buddha School at Min Lwin Kone Monastery. All this traveling has surely made you hungry, so our fourth stop will take you to Japan where you will learn how to make a traditional Japanese sushi roll. Eat up, because you will need your energy for the rest of your travels on this ninety country expedition, including a visit to the Philippines to go wake-boarding, attending a wedding in Mali, lending a hand to a beekeeper in Serbia as he completes his daily tasks, and so much more!

As you experience new countries and cultures with On the Street Videos you can also brush up on your foreign language skills. Each adventure offers an authentic experience in our providers native languages.

Not fluent in Burmese and are having trouble following along with the lessons at the Sunday Buddha School in Myanmar?

No problem! SCOLA.org is equipped with a variety of language services designed to help you expand your knowledge and vocabulary of over 175 languages! Log on to Insta-Class and practice your Burmese with over 200 ready-to-use lessons and then head back over to On the Street Videos once you have refreshed your language skills.

Can’t understand all the ingredients in Japan and are really craving that traditional Japanese sushi roll?

No problem! Log on to Spoken Word and chat with our native speaker Misuzu from Japan! Misuzu can answer any questions you have about Japanese language and culture. Soon you will be on your way to mastering Japanese…and have a full stomach!

These adventures are exclusive to SCOLA and won’t be beat by your local travel agency, so contact us today for your free trial! Visit www.scola.org where you won’t just read or learn about new skills, languages, and cultures, you will experience them!

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Independence Day in India

Last Friday found many in the United States celebrating Independence Day outdoors, lighting fireworks and enjoying the company of family and friends. Although your holiday plans might come naturally to you, do you ever wonder how people in other cultures celebrate Independence Day? Our provider Jitendra from India tells us here how Independence Day is celebrated in our July Country of the Month:

“India celebrates Independence Day on August 15th, the anniversary of India’s independence from British rule in 1947. Independence Day is a public holiday in India and is celebrated by wishing others well and decorating buildings with attractive lights.

Each year a flag hoisting is performed by the Prime Minister of India at the Red Fort in India’s capital city, New Delhi. Each state also does their own flag hoisting in the presence of the Chief Minister. The flag hoisting is often done at schools, colleges, and universities and includes speeches about independence and the freedom struggle of India.

Other events such as rallies, sports, singing and dancing competitions, poetry readings and much more is also organized in places throughout India to celebrate the holiday. The organized entertainment is based on themes such as The Freedom Struggle of India or Independence. “

Want to know more about international holidays around the world? Visit www.scola.org and experience holidays and celebrations in other cultures with our unique services like Savoir-Vivre and On the Street Videos. Savoir-Vivre is coming soon to SCOLA and will focus on the cultural aspect of other countries and On the Street Videos focuses on technical and instructional videos in our providers native languages. Experience Novruz celebrations in Azerbaijan and attend International Language Day festivities in Bangladesh with Savoir-vivre. Then, visit On The Street Videos to learn how Christmas is celebrated in Zimbabwe and how Ramadan is observed in Pakistan. What are you waiting for? Contact us today!

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