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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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 Nineteen

Have you accessed your free trial on www.scola.org yet? If not, you need to now, because you will definitely want to join me on this next adventure with On the Street Videos! I was scrolling through photos on People and Places and stumbled upon the scenic views of Asia’s second most-populous country, India! I only had to scroll through a few out of the 280 original photos from India to know that was where I wanted to travel next!

I’ll admit, I don’t know a whole lot about India. No worries though, before my adventure I log on to Language Training Materials and check out India’s Country Overview Video. Here I learn about India’s climate (not that it matters because I don’t have to pack a bag!), India’s history, India’s diverse economy, and so much more!

My next step in preparation for my big trip is to learn how to converse with the locals, and with over 975 ready-to-use language lessons straight from India on Insta-Class I am well on my way! I fly through Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced language lessons in Bengali, Hindi, and Punjabi and soon I am on my way to India!

To begin my adventure I log on to On the Street Videos. After taking in so much information about a country that was so new to me I could really use a little rest and relaxation! It seems my prayers have been answered as I hear about a yoga camp offered by Yoga Guru Arunji. I explore mantras to strengthen my body and soul and discover health benefits of making yoga part of my daily life. The yoga camp gave me the strength and energy I needed to carry on through the rest of my adventure!

During my second stop in India I chat with some locals about the Indian education system. Locals tell me about the differences in education when she was young as compared to today, the busy lives of her children that leave little room for play, and the differences of live in her village and life in the metro city of Mumbai. Thanks to Insta-Class I feel comfortable in my Punjabi skills and am able to fully understand and converse as I experience parts of daily life as a citizen in India.

My time in India is up and I find myself back on my couch where my adventure began. No reason to be sad though, I know another adventure is just around the corner with On the Street Videos!

What are you waiting for? Access your free trial today on www.scola.org!

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Behind the Scenes: Meet Jitendra

In July, SCOLA followers traveled to India for the Country of the Month. Our providers Jyoti and Jitendra from India shared information on their home country, including a traditional recipe and information about holidays India celebrates.

SCOLA provider Jitendra lives along the shores of the Arabian Sea in the southwest state of India knjitendraown as Goa. Goa is a world famous tourist destination known for its unique blend of eastern and western culture, it’s beautiful beaches, magnificent temples and churches, and lovely surroundings . Jitendra lives in Goa with his mother, wife, and two sons.

Jitendra has his a Bachelors Degree in Physics, and also holds a post graduate diploma in Administrative Management, a diploma in interior designing, a post graduate diploma in counseling and psychotherapy and he is also pursuing a Master of Arts in Psychology specializing in industrial and organizational behavior. Jitendra is an Interior Designer by profession and manufactures exclusive furniture, lamps and works of art like paintings and murals. He also practices as a counselor and psychotherapist, and provides training in leadership, team building, goal setting, time management, conflict resolution, stress management, neuro-linguistic programming and yoga. Jitendra also enjoys giving motivational speeches and speeches on scientific spirituality. Jitendra’s hobbies include reading, traveling, writing poems, acting, dancing , public speaking, and painting.

SCOLA was honored to have Jitendra as a guest in June 2012 as a cultural and vocational ambassador of India. Jitendra was selected to visit SCOLA by the Rotary International district 3170 from India. Jitendra states “I liked the kind of work which SCOLA does and was very much impressed by it. I thought there is a lot which I could share with SCOLA about my country India, which has such a rich and diverse culture which is 5000 years old.” Jitendra expressed his desire to become a provider with Mr. David Decker from SCOLA and he was promptly accepted. Jitendra says “It is my pleasure to share about the culture and tradition about my country India, with SCOLA which in turn shares it with rest of the world, thus helping in getting to know about other cultures and in bringing people of world together thereby promoting world peace, understanding and brotherhood. I take a great pleasure in doing such a kind of work.”

SCOLA appreciates the hard work that Jitendra and all of our providers do to make sure our subscribers have the most accurate, interesting, and up to date information. Check back soon to travel with SCOLA to our August Country of the Month!

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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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Watch at Your Own Risk

We know logging on to SCOLA can evoke many feelings for our subscribers: curiosity, inspiration, enthusiasm, fulfillment and excitement just to name a few….One feeling our services do not often stir up is fear. Soon though, that will be changing…Soon your fingertips will quiver in fear as you type in your username and password, your hands will shake as you move your mouse down to the World TV Online and Savoir-Vivre icons, and your whole body will shudder as you uncover what SCOLA has waiting for you.

Starting in May you may not want to log on to SCOLA alone. SCOLA will soon reveal paranormal events, mysterious urban legends and spooky myths that will make you want to sleep with a light on.

                Savoir-Vivre is unlike any other service SCOLA offers. It is a global adventure in culture that allows our subscribers to travel the world, discover its people, and explore new lifestyles all from the comfort of their own home.

riskAt first glance Savoir-Vivre may seem similar to other services like On the Street Videos and World TV Online. However, Savoir-Vivre focuses more on the cultural aspect of other countries whereas services such as On the Street Videos focuses on technical and instructional videos and our providers native languages.

With Savoir-Vivre you won’t just read or hear about new countries and cultures, you will experience them!  This includes experiencing the aforementioned spooky urban legends and mysterious myths from places around the world. Hear firsthand accounts of Bali magic and supernatural stories from Indonesia, myths and legends from the Philippines and so much more!

Then, only the brave will move on to our new Hindi program from India on World TV Online. This show is only for our most daring subscribers, and even they will have to start sleeping with the lights on!

Fear Files plays on Channel Four every weekend at 8:05 p.m. on World TV Online. Fear Files uncovers the truth behind mystifying and unexplainable events that have occurred in various places throughout India. These horror stories are recreated after real incidents that you have to see to believe. The show focuses on supernatural elements, scary, puzzling mysteries and expert interviews in the paranormal field. Grab a friend because you do not want to watch this one alone!

Are you brave enough to experience spooky urban legends and mysterious myths from around the world with Savoir-Vivre and tune in to India’s paranormal activity with Fear Files? Contact us today for your free trial!

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Bringing Out the Best in SCOLA

As our users enjoy the authentic material SCOLA offers, many may wonder how the resources came to be available to us. Everything available to users on www.scola.org has been sent in to us from providers in countries around the world. SCOLA providers regularly send in TV programs, photos, publications and much more to ensure that our subscribers have the most current and applicable information.

Our providers are the ones who make the work we do at SCOLA possible, and between launching a new website, creating Savoir-Vivre, and updating our existing services daily, SCOLA also stays busy with many special projects, such as conferences and presentations. Our subscribers are always enthusiastic and willing to help, whether we need short clips of them singing a song, a video greeting for a special guest at a conference, or sending information on love and marriage for our upcoming 28 Days of Love. All of our special projects are in addition to the regular material our providers send in for services like World TV Online, On the Street Videos and Insta-Class.

SCOLA staff enjoys hearing about our providers daily lives, learning about their culture and viewing the new and exciting material they send in. Recently, we got to hear from a few of our providers about what they enjoy most about working with SCOLA:

“I take pleasure and feel that all these treasures of India should be shared with the rest of the world.  I also feel that one grows by learning about different cultures of the world and brings all the people closer like a universal family and does away with any misunderstandings which may exist.  It is very important for international peace and understanding and I congratulate SCOLA for doing such nice work.”
-Jitendra, India

     “Listening to a different language always encourages me to learn it. It is good to know.  My grandfather always said “Speaking one language makes you one person, speaking two languages makes you two persons.” Learn a new language and be happy.”
-Doa, Turkey

“…how fascinating it is to know the culture of other countries. This will make people from all over the world come closer and understand each other. This will make the world a more peaceful and better place to live in.”   -Jyoti, India

“[SCOLA] brings out the best in you. It has exposed me to so many aspects of TV production as well as areas of untapped knowledge, culture and much more.”
– Mercy, Nigeria

      In Mercy’s words, our providers bring out the best in SCOLA. The work the providers do for SCOLA makes our mission, to help the people of the world learn about one another; their cultures, their languages and their ideologies, possible. We are very thankful we have found so many people around the world that share the same passion of educating the world about one another. Without the hard work of our providers, SCOLA would not have the authentic language learning materials that so many of our subscribers learn from and enjoy. Their hard work is appreciated by all SCOLA staff and users!

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