SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Sixteen

It’s week sixteen of my adventure with SCOLA On the Street Videos and I find myself back in South America, this time in Colombia! Before I begin my journey, I log on to SCOLA Spoken Word to chat with Julye, a friend I met when I visited Peru. Julye is excited that I am going to be back in South America and is happy to help me refresh my Spanish skills before I go. Spoken Word allows subscribers to avoid long distance phone charges and bypass time zones to chat with Native Speakers from around the world! Leave a message for Julye, Lise from Canada, Marianne from Germany, or any of the other native speakers and they will respond back to you within 24 hours! Nervous about your PP-CO-Bogotapronunciation in a new language you are learning? Get answers directly from the native speakers while picking up on body language and non verbal cues within their culture!

Next, I head on over to SCOLA World TV Online to catch up on current events in Colombia. Channel Two on World TV Online plays Spanish and Portuguese programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! I tune into the nightly news and other various programs from Bogota, and soon I am caught up on my Spanish and on all the current news in Colombia. I am ready to begin my South American adventure!

My first stop in Colombia is a fiesta! I join a family as they celebrate the coming of a new baby with a baby shower. I experience a celebration in the Colombian culture as we eat, open gifts, and play games. My next journey in Colombia is to explore what life is like as a student in Colombia. I’m able to talk with various students in Armero and experience the education system in Colombia. My last stop in Colombia was to learn karate! My health is important, and it is easy to get wrapped up in my adventures with On the Street Videos and forget about fitness! Local karate students teach me different techniques and I learn how to defend myself while getting a great workout in! Needless to say, after a fiesta, exploring Colombian education, and learning some karate moves I am exhausted! Time to head home.

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Behind the Scenes: Meet Julye

This month SCOLA providers traveled to Peru for our Country of the Month. Our provider Julye acted as our tour guide as she taught us how to make traditional Peruvian cuisine, and showed us theJulye Huerto sights in Lima, Peru.

Julye was born on April 9th in Huánuco, Peru. She is 25 years old and has a degree in Business Administration.

Julye began working foJulye Huerto 2r SCOLA about 3 years ago. Julye says she was happy to begin working for SCOLA so she could acquire knowledge and share her knowledge of her language and her country’s delicious food, tourist attractions, and culture. She was also happy to share her knowledge of Spanish (Peru’s official language), Quechua, and other dialects. Julye says she has had fun working for SCOLA and hopes to continue sharing and acquiring knowledge.

Check us out online to see where the Country of the Month takes us next!

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Want To Go To School In Peru? Read This First!

Our provider Julye teaches us what school is like for students in Peru from childhood to adulthood:

EDUCATIONAL LEVELS IN PERU

Early Education

Children must attend preschool for three years, they must be between the ages of 3 and 5 years old.

Primary Education

When a child reaches six years of age, they should attend primary school starting with first grade sixth grade. The Primary Education level lasts six years.

Secondary Education

When a child reaches 12 years of age, they begin their secondary education at freshman year. Secondary education lasts five years and most students complete this level around 16 or 17 years of age.

Alternative Basic Education

Alternative Basic Education is the responsibility of the Directorate General of Alternative Basic Education (DIGEBA). Alternative Basic Education (ABE) serves youth and adults as well as adolescents in school that are at least 14 years old. In Alternative Basic Education studying is combined with work. It consists of four courses of study, every eight months. The first cycle is equivalent to 1st and 2nd grade middle school, the second cycle is equivalent to the third grade of secondary, the third cycle is equivalent to the fourth grade of secondary and the fourth cycle is equivalent to the 5th grade of secondary. Alternative Basic Education is aimed at students who could not complete their education for various reasons.

Special Basic Education (EBE)

Special Basic Education has an inclusive approach and serves children and youth with different learning disabilities. It is a program that provides specialized educational services for prevention, detection and care for children under 6 years old. Special Basic Education also offers support and advice on inclusive educational institutions.

Higher Education or Technical Education

Higher education and technical education can be carried out in a university or institute of higher education. Most higher education and technical education programs last around 5 years, depending on which kind of education you want to receive. Typically, for technical careers the education lasts three years, and for academic careers the education lasts six years.

The average age to complete all academic degrees in Peru is about 24 years of age.

Currently in the competitive workplace, people choose to continue their education and take refresher courses, obtain their master’s degrees, and earn other qualifications.

Now that you have learned about the education system in Peru, does it sound like somewhere you would like to attend school? How does the education system in Peru compare to that of your country? Are they similar?

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