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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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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