Behind the Scenes: Meet Yin

During May, SCOLA followers traveled along as we visited Myanmar for our Country of the Month. We experienced the weather, discovered a traditional recipe, and much more! Now let’s meet Yin Yin, our provider from Myanmar who led us on the tour of her country.

Yin Yin started to work for SCOLA in November 2012. She likes to share Myanmar’s cultures and traditions with the world. She sends in videos of Burmese language programming, traditional Myanmar food, cultural videos, nature and geographic videos, and more.

In Myanmar, Yin Yin works as a graphic designer for a design and advertising company in Yangon. In her free time she likes to travel and take photos and videos for SCOLA.

Want to see more of the wonderful, authentic resources Yin sends in from Myanmar? Access your free trial today at www.scola.org!

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What’s It Like To Attend School In Myanmar?

This week, SCOLA provider Yin tells us about the education system in her home country, Myanmar.

The education system levels in Myanmar are primary, middle, and high school. Education level starts from Grade 1 to Grade 11. Grade 11 is the most important and final level for every students to enter the University. The quality of university you get into is dependent on the Grade 11 final exam results. Every student can attend the university after they pass the Grade 11 final exam.

All schools open on June 1st and end in March. Children return to school in the rainy season of June. The summer holiday lasts three months, March, April, and May.

School starts at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some schools lasts from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m .to 5 p.m. In our country, the school uniform is a white blouse and long green skirts and trousers for teachers and children.

General education courses are Burmese Language, Burmese History, English Language, History of the famous person’s around the world, World History, Geography, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Economic, Art, Cooking, and Basic Computing.

Want to learn more about our Country of the Month? Be sure to check us out online and visit www.scola.org for authentic resources straight from Myanmar!

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Behind the Scenes: Meet Helen

In April, SCOLA traveled to Namibia for our Country of the Month. We explored an open market to discover how Kapana, a traditional Namibian dish is made, and experienced Namibia through the eyes of locals with our Photos of the Week. Some of you may be wondering who led us on our Namibian adventure…

SCOLA provider Helen is 39 years old and was born in the town of Rehoboth, 89 km from the capital city of Windhoek. She is a start up business owner and sells ice cream.

Helen started working for SCOLA in 2013 when she was contacted by the media to see if she would be interested. She says that at first she was skeptical, thinking maybe it was a scam, but then she got a camera from SCOLA and knew it was real. Helen first started working with SCOLA for the money, but says that later on she really started to enjoy herself making On the Street Videos and sharing her home country of Namibia with the rest of the world.

Along with the Country of the Month, Helen has also been sending in some interesting material for SCOLA’s new service, Savoir-Vivre! Visit a music store in Namibia and travel the streets of and other foreign lands as you discover other cultures and experience new lifestyles. Log on for free today at www.scola.org!

Want to see where we travel to in May? Follow along online!

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Register Today for our 2015 Users Meeting!

Register online today to join us for our 2015 SCOLA Users Meeting! The meeting will be held Thursday, May 21st and Friday, May 22nd in Omaha, Nebraska and McClelland, Iowa. The two day conference will be packed with trends and resources for foreign language and cultural education, presented by leaders in the field.

At this year’s meeting you can expect to:

  • Learn how industry experts are approaching foreign language and cultural training!
  • Interact with people just as enthusiastic as you are about looking at the world from a global perspective!
  • Get hands-on experience with everything SCOLA has to offer, including our exciting new service, Savoir-Vivre!
  • Have the rare opportunity to tour the inside of a US Air Force reconnaissance plane!
  • Eat great food and have fun!

THURSDAY

10:00 a.m.: Check-in, DoubleTree Hotel lobby, Downtown Omaha, Nebraska
11:00 a.m.: Lunch
Afternoon: Presentations
Evening: Dinner and RC-135 Tour at Offutt AFB

FRIDAY

Morning: SCOLA campus tour and breakfast in McClelland, Iowa
Afternoon: Lunch and Congressional Speaker at the DoubleTree Hotel

Transportation to all events and meals are included with the $100 registration fee.

Register in advance at www.scola.org.

Discounted hotel accommodations are available at DoubleTree Hotel.

For additional conference information, please check our website at www.scola.org.
Also, please feel free to e-mail us at conf@scola.org or call 712-566-2202.

SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twenty-Five

I sit down at my computer and soon I am off on my next adventure with SCOLA‘s newest and most exciting service, Savoir-Vivre. So far with Savoir-Vivre I have been able to travel to a zoo in Macedonia where I discovered komodo dragons in Indonesia and migratory birds in Japan, and I also visited a hotel in Thailand where it was recommended I try the delicious food at Mozem Soba House in Japan, and went on a family holiday in Port Harcourt, toured Bhaktapur City in Nepal, and went dolphin watching in Bali! With all this adventure you would think I’d be worn out, but traveling the world with Savoir-Vivre is made easy! All it takes is a few clicks of my mouse and I am ready for my next journey.

Spring has sprung here in Iowa, and many plants are starting to bloom. This makes me wonder what kind of plants are grown in other parts of the world, and where could I buy them? I click on the flower icon on the Savoir-Vivre map to find out. I’m instantly transported to the streets of Iran where I can walk forward until I find a flower shop called Aftab. I explore the flower shop and quickly discover Native Plants found around the world. I travel to India where a group of people plant trees on World Environment Day, to Turkey where a man sells cactus on the streets of Mersin, and then to Syria where I meet women working on a cotton farm. A short time later I am exploring different flower shops in places like Georgia, India, and Indonesia. After my adventures I find myself back in Aftab, ready to see where Savoir-Vivre will take me next!

I may not have the time or money to travel around the world learning about other cultures, but that didn’t stop me from experiencing several countries today! Join me on my adventure with a free log in for our blog followers. User username WordPress and password Scola2015 at www.scola.org to access Savoir-Vivre and other wonderful SCOLA services for FREE!

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Want Free Language and Culture Resources?

Happy Monday! We have some great news for all of you who have been wanting to try SCOLA! Use username WordPress and password Scola2015 to log on to http://www.scola.org and access our language and culture resources for FREE! Don’t forget to share this post with your friends and family!free access wordpress

Behind the Scenes: Meet Phyllis

In March, SCOLA traveled to Germany for our Country of the Month. We explored the German beer culture, tasted apfel kuchen, and discovered new German vocabulary. Some of youPortraitaufnahmen für gewerbliche Zwecke may be wondering who led us on our German adventure…

Phyllis is a SCOLA provider in Germany, but as you can guess by her name she is not German. She is from the United States. In fact, her birthplace is less than an hour drive from SCOLA headquarters in McClelland, Iowa. She has lived in Germany for more than 20 years and began her association with SCOLA years ago by arranging German TV programming. When she retired about two years ago, she began providing SCOLA with videos and photos. She especially likes making the videos because it gives her the opportunity to meet new and interesting people.

Along with the Country of the Month, Phyllis has also been sending in some interesting material for SCOLA‘s new service, Savoir-Vivre! Travel the streets of Germany and other foreign lands as you discover other cultures and experience new lifestyles. Access Savoir-Vivre for free at www.scola.org!

Want to see where we travel to in April? Follow along online:

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twenty-Four

Here I am, still traveling the streets of Savoir-Vivre. Did you know you can visit a museum in Uzbekistan, a technology store in Pakistan, a retail store in India, and so much more? See real cities and streets and enter real buildings exactly as you would if you were actually in that country! I’ve been traveling awhile, so what better place to stop at next than a hotel in Thailand? Travel down the street and enter the hotel to see vacation hotspots like famous landmarks, recommended restaurants, bars, salons, and shops, and tourist attractions from around the world!

All this traveling has me a little hungry, so my first stop inside the hotel is to find a recommended restaurant. I click on the link and it gives me a list of restaurants from places like Georgia and Turkey. I choose the Mozem Soba House in Japan, and soon I am in Sado! Soba is one of the most popular foods in Japan and the Mozem Soba house is a high class soba restaurant situated in the countryside in a natural environment. The food was delicious, and just what I needed to carry on with my travels…but don’t take my word for it, see it for yourself today!

After I ate I have some energy back, so I go back to the hotel and check out the tourist attractions Savoir-Vivre has to offer. Should I take a family holiday in Port Harcourt? Visit Bhaktapur City in Nepal? Or perhaps I’ll go dolphin watching in Bali! So many choices, I better just go to them all! Join me in my adventure today with your free trial at www.scola.org!

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twenty-Three

Many of you have been following my travels with On the Street Videos since Week 1 when I visited the Philippines. But as of last week there is a new service on SCOLA and it’s going to take us on a totally new international adventure! Savoir-Vivre is a global adventure in culture. Travel the world. Discover its people. Explore new lifestyles. No passport needed! Log on to www.scola.org today and access your free trial!

postcardIn the past I have only traveled to one country per week with SCOLA, but I am so excited to travel with this new service I visit many, many more! Savoir-Vivre actually allows you to visit through real cities and places from around the world. My first stop is a travel agency in Germany where I learn how to navigate the streets of Savoir-Vivre. I visit the street in Germany and am able to see buildings just as I would if I were actually walking down the street…I am even able to turn and face each building head on! I continue down the street, stopping once to learn about transportation in other parts of the world. Once I get to the end of the German street I click on the map icon to see where else I can visit in the service. I see a lion icon and wonder where that will take me…I click it and suddenly I am on the streets of Macedonia!

In Macedonia I am able to visit the Skopje Zoo, where I discover other zoos, birds, marine life, mammals and reptiles from around the world! Want to see komodo dragons in their natural habitat? Visit Komodo Island in Indonesia! More interested in birds? Check out a flock of migratory birds on the Abukuma River in Japan!

There is so much to experience on Savoir-Vivre, but I don’t want to give it all away! Go check it out for yourself today at www.scola.org!

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Behind the Scenes: Meet Franciszek

franek_matysikFebruary was spent traveling around Poland for our Country of the Month. Our Polish provider Franciszek shared with us traditional Polish food, let us experience the cold winter weather in his country, and much more!

Franciszek’s adventure started with SCOLA a few years ago when he was asked about programming in his language. With SCOLA he found that the programs broadcast in his country were of interest to viewers around the world.

Over the years, cooperation between Poland and SCOLA have grown with Franciszek sending in more and more material. He appreciates the work he does with SCOLA and all the employees. He enjoys his partnership with SCOLA that allows him to share Polish programming with people around the world.

Follow along with our next Country of the Month: Germany!

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