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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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!

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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!

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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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Behind the Scenes: Meet Miki

This January SCOLA followers traveled to Thailand for our Country of the Month. If you were following along, you learned a Word of the Month, experienced the weather in Chiang Mai, and discovered the tasty ingredients that go into a bowl of traditional Tom Yum Kung Soup. The material came straight from Thailand, from SCOLA provider Miki Taniguchi.

Miki Taniguchi no.3Miki was born in Japan in February 1968. She graduated from Notre Dame Women’s University in Kyoto awith a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics. When Miki was 31 years old, she married a man named Junji. They had a son in 2001, whom they named Hitoshi. Miki and Junji decided to raise Hitoshi in Thailand because they both loved Thai people’s attitudes of respect towards elders, which derived from Buddhist values. Miki and her family have been living in Chiang Mai for twelve years, and in that time had a daughter.

Miki began working for SCOLA in 2012. She shares the Thai culture and her knowledge of the Japanese language through printing materials and video. Miki really enjoys working with SCOLA and is proud to share aspects of Thailand and Japan’s languages and culture with others. Miki looks forward to new SCOLA projects in the future and appreciates her husband and children for their support and understanding of the work she does for SCOLA.

So January is over, but you want to explore more material Miki has sent in and experience more of Thailand? Visit www.scola.org today to access your free trial!

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Behind the Scenes: Meet Somayeh

This month SCOLA followers traveled to Iran with SCOLA provider Somayeh. Somayeh is from Iran, originally Tehran. She is currently a second year graduate student in French Language and Translation Studies. Her thesis is about the role of the translator as a researcher in the process of translation. Somayeh also currently teaches French at Language Institutes. Somayeh loves teaching in general, but especially enjoys teaching languages.

Somayeh began working for SCOLA last July when her sister, also a SCOLA provider, encouraged her to send her resume into SCOLA. Somayeh says she likes to work with SCOLA because it helps her be in touch with people, learn foreign languages and cultures, and learn more about her own language and culture. It has always been her dream to travel to Africa, and recently she started working on Foreign Text with French publications from Africa. Somayeh says “it seems that these are my first steps in knowing the country I hope to travel to.”

Have you enjoyed the material Somayeh sent in for our December Country of the Month? Then be sure to check out Savoir-Vivre, coming soon to SCOLA for more material from Somayeh!

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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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