SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twenty-One

Israel is a country we often hear about in the news, but don’t you ever wonder about their side of the story on current events and news topics? Is it different than what our newspapers and TV programs are reporting? You could always visit Israel to find out for yourself, but what if you don’t have the time and resources? No need to worry, I have the perfect solution for you: SCOLA of course! With SCOLA On the Street Videos I can visit over 95 countries, including Israel!

I know that before I start my journey I need to refresh my Hebrew skills so I can communicate with the locals. I head on over to Insta-Class, a quick resource for ready-to-use multi-media language lessons that are produced by language experts around the world exclusively for SCOLA. Practicing my Hebrew with over 420 beginner, intermediate, and advanced language lessons sure beats sitting in a classroom!

PP-IL-Sefat Traveller's SignI’m almost ready for my adventure, but first I get caught up on Israel’s current events with World TV Online. World TV Online broadcasts news and various television programming in Hebrew from Jerusalem on Channel Six, so you can hear news about current events exactly as people living in Israel hear it. Now I have refreshed my Hebrew skills and I am caught up on the news from Israel, I am ready for my adventure!

I log onto On the Street Videos and my first mission in Israel is to do some exploring through Old City streets and Temple Mount. The tour through ancient and historical places was a great first impression of the country that I previously knew little about.

My second stop in Israel is to chat with a local woman about the educational system in Israel. I learn about the common educational experience a person in Israel has, starting at age three and often lasting until the age of thirty if one chooses to attend the university to obtain the highest possible degree. I always find it interesting to see the differences in education in the countries I visit.

My last stop in Israel is to chat with another local woman about her daily life as an artist and mother. She is able to offer a different perspective on life in Israel, as opposed to the life of the student that I discovered earlier.

And with that, my time in Israel is over. It’s time to head back to the real world, and a few seconds later I am back home on my couch. Begin your own adventure to Israel with your free trial on www.scola.org, and be sure to check back soon to join me on my next international journey!

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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!