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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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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Behind the Scenes: Meet Mari

We would like to send a special thank you to our provider Mari in Georgia! This month Mari sent us interesting and informative material to teach our followers all about our Country of the Month.

            MMariarine ( Mari) Changiani was born on April 4th in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. She is married and has a beautiful daughter, Barbara. Marine has her Masters Degree in English Language and Literature. She has been working as an English teacher for ESL for over twelve years. She also works as a director of the American Education Center “Langate”. She has students from many different countries. Mari loves to communicate and make friends all over the world.

Mari started working with SCOLA in 2012 and enjoys the task of providing On the Street Videos every month. She likes to introduce the world to her small country and often sends videos about Georgia, its culture, history and traditions. She tries to participate in SCOLA’s projects as often as possible as it is a great pleasure for her. She is very grateful to her students and friends who help her make videos for SCOLA often.

She likes working for SCOLA not only for opportunity to provide interesting materials and videos, but because of SCOLA’s warm and friendly staff. She would like to thank all SCOLA staff and she hopes to work with them for a very long time providing SCOLA with more and more exciting and interesting videos.

SCOLA staff appreciates all the hard work Mari puts in to help our subscribers learn about Georgia. We look forward to seeing more of her work in the future!

Check back next week to learn about our new Country of the Month!

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Behind the Scenes- Meet Karima.

As the month of May comes to an end I would like to introduce you to Karima, one of SCOLA’s many providers. Karima was especially helpful this month with the information she provided because it allowed SCOLA to launch a Country of the Month on our social media websites.

Karima was born and raised in Agadir City, MorocSAMSUNGco. She received her bachelor’s degree in Experimental Sciences in 2005 and then went on to study at the Specialized Institute of Applied TSAMSUNGechnology (ISTA). In 2007, she received a diploma in Computer Development studies from ISTA. In the two years after she received her diploma  Karima trained at five different companies in the following areas: computer graphics, website creation, and computer hardware maintenance.  Shortly after, Karima became a SCOLA provider for her country of Morocco.

Karima enjoys learning languages such as French, Spanish and Turkish. She also likes theater, sports, music, and drama films. Out of her many hobbies cooking and presenting in front of the camera are her favorite. Karima has provided SCOLA with a lot of information to share with our subscribers and we appreciate the material she sends.

Check out the information Karima shared for the Country of the Month by visiting our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+ accounts!

Around the World with People and Places

Welcome back to The SCOLA Symposium! As we introduced our first country of the month, Morocco, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ we received a request to share some photos from the Middle East, specifically Egypt, Syria, and Libya. Unfortunately, we do not currently have any photos from Libya or Syria. The photos stored in People and Places are taken by friends and providers of SCOLA, and we cannot host any other photos on our website because we do not have the rights to them.

Luckily for our subscribers though, we do have over 80 other countries featured in People and Places! Adding all the photos together, our People and Places resource boasts over 28,000 unique pictures! Although that number may sound daunting, the photos can be easily sorted by country and/or topical category. Users have the ability to download any picture they like at full resolution. Whether you subscribe to SCOLA for teaching, learning, or for your own personal interest, People and Places is sure to have something all SCOLA users can enjoy.

Although we do not have any posts from Libya or Syria, we would be happy to share a few of our photos from other Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt.

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Tattooed camel in Egypt

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Children playing in a reflection pool in Iran

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Kerkuk Castle in Iraq

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The Sea of Galilee in Israel

In the future, we hope to have some photos from Libya and Syria. Are there any other countries you would like to see featured on SCOLA People and Places?

To view more photos and learn about other SCOLA resources, visit http://www.scola.org!