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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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Thirteen

If you can think back that far, you will remember that thirteen weeks ago I began my travels with SCOLA with Peru as my first destination. In that time I have traveled to countries around the world and learned a lot about different cultures and languages, so it is no surprise that I feel like I need to brush up on my Spanish! I decide to journey back to South America and visit Argentina. Before I do though, I better refresh my Spanish skills!

I first log on to Insta-Class to review ready-to-use Spanish lessons from Argentina. I start out with Beginner Lessons, and the language quickly comes back to me as I work my way up to the Advanced Lessons.

I’m anxious to start my journey, but before I do there is one more stop I have to make on SCOLA.orgWorld TV Online of course! Did you know that Channel Two plays various programs from Argentina every weekday? It is a great resource for learning the Spanish language and learning about current, local events in Argentina. Once the program is over I am ready to begin my international adventure!

I log on to On the Street Videos to start my journey in Argentina. All of this learning and traveling has made me work up an appetite, so the first stop is to learn how to prepare a traditional Argentinean torte! Delicious! I now have the energy to continue my travels through this beautiful country.

My next stop is a rodeo show, which makes me so happy I took the time to refresh my Spanish skills. Without learning Spanish with SCOLA I wouldn’t have been able to understand any of the jokes or entertainment at the rodeo. The rodeo was great fun, but my next adventure here in Argentina takes me to something a little more serious- a First Communion ceremony at a church here in Argentina. The ceremony was beautiful and the perfect way to end my second tour of South America.

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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.

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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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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Two

So my adventure in the Philippines is over, I am anxious to start my next journey…but I have no idea where to go! The services on SCOLA.org helped me decide the perfect destination last time, so back online I go!

I log on to People and Places and start flipping through the online photo gallery of over 29,000 original photos. So many amazing places catch my eye and it’s hard to focus on choosing just one country when there are so many to see! I’ve never been to South America, and the beautiful landscape of Peru is drawing me in. I’ve been needing to brush up on my Spanish so I figured Peru would be a great second destination!

Speaking of brushing up on my Spanish, I should figure out how to say a few key phrases like “Do you speak English?” and “I’m lost!”. Although I am busy preparing for my trip in the days leading up to my flight, I conveniently can log on to SCOLA’s mobile applications no matter where I am! I use my phone to practice my Spanish with Insta-Class, ready-to-use multi-media language lessons produced exclusively for SCOLA! I also log on to Spoken Word and chat with native speaker Julye…she lives in Peru and is able to tell me all about her country’s culture, and corrects me when I pronounce hola as hole-a instead of o-la! Julye responded to all of my video posts within 24 hours and most importantly was able to save me from a lot of embarrassment…

I now feel confident in my Spanish skills and knowledge of Peruvian culture, so I was ready to begin my second international adventure with SCOLA On the Street Videos.

My first stop in Peru is to go see my friend Julye that I met on Spoken Word. Today is her birthday! “Hola!” I greet her when she answers her front door and we both laugh. I join along as Julye’s family and friends celebrate her birthday with food, soft drinks, gifts, singing, and cake. She gets many wonderful gifts such as a necklace, picture frames, a teddy bear and flowers.

The birthday celebrations wore me out, so I went to sleep excited and anxious for the rest of adventures Peru had to bring.

The rest of the week proved just as fun as the first days celebrations and included many exciting experiences and discoveries. I was able to visit Senor de los Milagros (The Lord of the Miracles, for those of you who have not been studying your Spanish on scola.org). Senor de los Milagros is an image of Christ painted on an adobe wall at the main altar of the Shrine of The Nazarene of Lima. Many Peruvians visit The Lord of Miracles in during a procession in October and gives blessings to the faithful.

I left Peru with new friends thanks to Julye and new knowledge of Peru and it’s religious culture thanks to Senor de los Milagros, but I can’t forget to mention what else I left Peru with…and that is a very full belly! While in Peru I went on a tour of the largest food fair in Latin America- Mistura. Mistura gave me a profound appreciation of traditional Peruvian products such as quinoa, coffee, maca, cocoa, corn, and so much more…I would go on but my stomach is starting to growl just thinking about it! Mistura also featured folk dances from popular regions of Peru.

I left Peru longing to return someday soon, but also anxious to begin my next international adventure with SCOLA On the Street Videos.

Check back next week to travel along to the third destination on my journey with SCOLA!