Behind the Scenes: Meet Sulait

This month, our SCOLA followers traveled to Africa for our November Country of the Month, Uganda. Our provider Sulait from Uganda shared a weather report about typical November weather in Kampala, a word of the month in his native language, and much more about his home country.

Sulait is a family man and lives with his wife and three children in Uganda. Sulait describes himself as social, kind, and humble.

IMG_0046Looking for work in 2009, Sulait stumbled upon the SCOLA website. Sulait says there are two main reasons he began working for SCOLA:

First and foremost, Sulait needed a job. He says that in Uganda it is very difficult to find jobs and there are many graduates looking for work. Sulait felt very happy to find the SCOLA website. He messaged Dave Decker, sent in an application, and has been working for SCOLA since then.

The second reason Sulait began working for SCOLA was because he had an objective of reaching out to many people to help them learn the languages of the world. He believes it is an advantage to his home country of Uganda for more people to learn Luganda.

Sulait says “SCOLA Has been a blessing for me and my family. Our lives have become better since I became a SCOLA provider. I thank every provider of Scola and I thank all those who are my friends whom I always communicate with directly such as Mr. Dave, Brian and Lisa. May the Lord bless your work.”

SCOLA would like to thank Sulait for the work he did for the Country of the Month, and the work he has done for Savoir-Vivre, a new service that will soon be released on the SCOLA website.

Check back next week to travel with SCOLA to our next Country of the Month!

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twelve

The days are flying by as I travel around the world with SCOLA and it’s already time for my next international adventure! I log on to People and Places to try to get a feel about what country I would like to see in person next. I scroll through photos and Mersin Beach, the Cave of Heaven, and snapshots of protestors in Turkey catch my eye.

I first log on to Language Training Materials and take a look at Country Overview Videos from Turkey. Here I learn about where Turkey is located, the languages spoken in Turkey, its economy, and so much more!

I’d love to be able to chat with the locals about the photos of people protesting, so I log on to Insta-Class for some convenient, ready to use language lessons in Turkish. The service has over 450 Turkish lessons in beginner, intermediate, superior, and advanced. I fly through those and I am on my way!

To begin my adventure in Turkey I log on to SCOLA On the Street Videos. I am most curious about the photos of the protestors I stumbled across in People and Places, so my first stop is to visit Taksim Square in Istanbul. Taksim Square was recently the site of many protests, with many people showing up to support the park instead of turning it into a mall. I also learn about a series of protests that occurred last year, in which workers, teachers, doctors, dentists, and engineers all joined in on the strike. They marched around Mersin chanting and holding signs, urging the government to listen.

For my next stop in Turkey, I wanted to learn more about a lighter subject, so I talk to some of the locals about their favorite hobbies. One young girl shows me games she plays on her computer, then I watch a young photographer take shots of young children in a variety of settings.

I was able to see a few different sides of Turkey today, and because of that I consider this trip a success! Join me in my travels today by visiting www.scola.org and accessing your free trial!

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Celebrate the Holidays with SCOLA!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, the SCOLA Christmas Open House is almost here! Join SCOLA in celebrating the holidays on Friday, December 12th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy holiday cheer and delicious treats prepared especially for you by SCOLA employees!

The Christmas Open House is a fun way for our family and friends, and for the people of McClelland, Iowa and surrounding areas to experience the international work that is going on next door! While you’re here take a tour of the SCOLA campus and learn about the work SCOLA performs and the services we offer.

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Eleven

I’m settled back at home after my journey to Armenia, and needless to say my adventure left me yearning for more…so pack your bags and come along!

I log on to People and Places and the photos of old buildings and recreational activities in Belarus catch my eye. Looks like I have found where my travels are taking me next! But wait a second…let’s learn a little bit about the country’s language before we begin.

I log on to Insta-Class and dive in to the 250+ Belarusian language lessons they offer. With a travel schedule like mine I don’t have time to sit in class and learn a language, which is why SCOLA’s services are so helpful! Insta-Class has ready to use ‘instant’ language lessons that allow me to study over 50 languages at my own pace and on my own time. I learn a few keywords and phrases in Belarusian and I’m ready to begin my next adventure with SCOLA On the Street Videos!

No need to grab my passport, and no time to pack any bags! As soon as I log on to SCOLA On the Street Videos my next adventure begins! Belarus here we come!

There’s no jet lag for me, so I have plenty of energy for my first stop in Belarus: Folk Dancing! I learn about the wide variety of Belarusian folk dances, the dance culture in Belarus, dance clubs, and even schools that specialize in folk dances!

While folk dancing I begin to think I need to start taking pictures of all the places I visit- how else will I remember all the experiences and memories I have made? A nice woman teaches me how to use a camera, not only do I now have a way to document my adventures, I also picked up a few Belarusian vocabulary words from her instructions as well!

As they say, time flies when you’re having fun, and my time in Belarus seemed so short. Looking back though I learned a lot. I talked with locals about the Fiftieth Anniversary of the October Revolution in Minsk, the proper way to care for your hair, and even learned what dating and relationships are like for people in Belarus.

Check back soon for our next international adventure with SCOLA On the Street Videos!

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The Pearl of Africa

Our provider Sulait from Uganda shares some facts about his home country of Uganda:

Uganda is a third world country in Africa that is commonly known as the pearl of Africa because of its beauty in nature. Uganda has many varying landscapes, including mountains like Mt. Elgon and Mt. Rwenzori. Uganda is a landlocked couPP-UG-Overview of Ndali Lodgentry, however the second largest river in the world, the Nile River, starts in Uganda.

Uganda was colonized by Britain until they achieved independence in 1962. Many people in Europe know Uganda for one reason: the notorious president Idd Amini Dada. The president treated his people very poorly and murdered many innocent people.

Uganda is a popular country for tourists. The variety of wildlife in their game parks attract many visitors. Many of their game parks boast animals such as baboons, chimpanzees, monkeys, leopards, snakes, giraffes, hippos and much more.

There are many different tribes in Uganda, and they each have different cultural beliefs and languages.

Agriculture is a big business in Uganda with 70% of Ugandans working as farmers. The local farmers grow crops to earn a living.

Want to learn more about Uganda? Check out over 3,900 authentic resources on SCOLA.org!

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