SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Seventeen

I made it home safe and sound from my visit in Colombia, and I am ready for my next international adventure with On the Street Videos. No jet lag for me! I haven’t been to Africa in a few weeks, so my next stop is Burundi! This journey is going to be a challenge though, since a variety of different languages are spoken in Burundi, including French and Kirundi! Good thing I have Language Lessons under Language Training Materials to help me practice!

Language Lessons are introductory level language lessons and other activities featuring text, videos, quizzes and vocabulary lists are also available. With over 20 lessons straight from Burundi, I am ready to go in no time at all!

PP-BI-House by a FieldI have one more place to visit on SCOLA.org before I start my journey- World TV Online. I check out Channel 5, which plays various programs from Africa 24 hours a day 7 days a week! The programs include news, children’s programs, talk shows, and more. Today I check out the news from Bujumbura to catch up on current events in Burundi. Now I feel prepared for my adventure!

I head on over to On the Street Videos to begin my journey through Africa. My first stop in Burundi is to check out some games local children are playing. Everyone here is speaking Swahili, but that’s okay, I remember enough from my visit to Uganda with On the Street Videos from a few weeks ago.

Next I chat with another local named Irankunda Narcisse. He shows me how he is building a new house. The house construction requires building materials such as bricks, cement, and soil. We explore the construction he has completed so far, and he informs me that at this point the techniques used for construction were local techniques and much improvement is required.

Before leaving Burundi I chat with another local man, Apolosa. We explore the River Kalimbenge where water pollution is the main topic all around. The government has deployed a number of police to guard the water, however many people still perform activities that pollute the water such as cleaning their clothes, motorcycles and cars.

My trip to Burundi was interesting and informative, learning about local construction techniques, and exploring social issues like water pollution. I even had time to throw in some fun with the local children and refresh my Swahili skills! I’d call this trip a great success!

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Behind the Scenes: Meet Sulait

This month, our SCOLA followers traveled to Africa for our November Country of the Month, Uganda. Our provider Sulait from Uganda shared a weather report about typical November weather in Kampala, a word of the month in his native language, and much more about his home country.

Sulait is a family man and lives with his wife and three children in Uganda. Sulait describes himself as social, kind, and humble.

IMG_0046Looking for work in 2009, Sulait stumbled upon the SCOLA website. Sulait says there are two main reasons he began working for SCOLA:

First and foremost, Sulait needed a job. He says that in Uganda it is very difficult to find jobs and there are many graduates looking for work. Sulait felt very happy to find the SCOLA website. He messaged Dave Decker, sent in an application, and has been working for SCOLA since then.

The second reason Sulait began working for SCOLA was because he had an objective of reaching out to many people to help them learn the languages of the world. He believes it is an advantage to his home country of Uganda for more people to learn Luganda.

Sulait says “SCOLA Has been a blessing for me and my family. Our lives have become better since I became a SCOLA provider. I thank every provider of Scola and I thank all those who are my friends whom I always communicate with directly such as Mr. Dave, Brian and Lisa. May the Lord bless your work.”

SCOLA would like to thank Sulait for the work he did for the Country of the Month, and the work he has done for Savoir-Vivre, a new service that will soon be released on the SCOLA website.

Check back next week to travel with SCOLA to our next Country of the Month!

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The Pearl of Africa

Our provider Sulait from Uganda shares some facts about his home country of Uganda:

Uganda is a third world country in Africa that is commonly known as the pearl of Africa because of its beauty in nature. Uganda has many varying landscapes, including mountains like Mt. Elgon and Mt. Rwenzori. Uganda is a landlocked couPP-UG-Overview of Ndali Lodgentry, however the second largest river in the world, the Nile River, starts in Uganda.

Uganda was colonized by Britain until they achieved independence in 1962. Many people in Europe know Uganda for one reason: the notorious president Idd Amini Dada. The president treated his people very poorly and murdered many innocent people.

Uganda is a popular country for tourists. The variety of wildlife in their game parks attract many visitors. Many of their game parks boast animals such as baboons, chimpanzees, monkeys, leopards, snakes, giraffes, hippos and much more.

There are many different tribes in Uganda, and they each have different cultural beliefs and languages.

Agriculture is a big business in Uganda with 70% of Ugandans working as farmers. The local farmers grow crops to earn a living.

Want to learn more about Uganda? Check out over 3,900 authentic resources on SCOLA.org!

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Six

It’s my sixth week traveling the world and you must be wondering…am I tired and homesick yet? No! My adventures have all been through SCOLA On the Street Videos- it allows me to travel around the globe from the comfort of my own home, at my own convenience! On the Street Videos is the perfect solution for people who want to travel the world, experience other cultures, and discover new lifestyles without the negative effects of traveling- homesickness, jet lag, and not enough funds to get you from one place to the next. Plus, you get the added perks of experiencing the world and learning new languages with SCOLA’s other great services like People and Places, Insta-Class, and so much more! Hearing about all the perks of international travel with SCOLA, I know you are wondering where I traveled to after Indonesia.
I was ready to take on a new continent, so my primary search on SCOLA was through People and Places to find a country in Africa! Colorful photos of communities, families, and landscapes in Uganda were the first to catch my eye. I’m excited to begin my journey, but I know my first task must be to learn about Uganda’s native language so I can interact with the locals and navigate with ease around the country.

My next stop before my adventure is Spoken Word. Spoken Word allows me to have convenient conversations with native speakers from around the world! The service allows me to bypass time zones and avoid long distance phone charges by leaving video messages for any of their native speakers. I leave a message for David from Uganda who speaks both Luganda and Swahili! I first send him some private messages because I am unsure about my pronunciation, once I get more confident we have some public conversations so other Spoken Word users can see and respond to our posts. David helps me with my pronunciation, words I need to know, and common mistakes language learners make in Luganda and Swahili.
David has prepared me for my trip, so I excitedly log on to On the Street Videos. My first stop in Uganda is to receive some computer training from a local resident. I figure I may have to brush up on my Swahili while I am here, which I could do with a few quick lessons in Insta-Class! Plus, the computer lessons helped me pick up a few new vocabulary words in Swahili. Once I was done with the computer lessons I felt confident that I could log on to SCOLA.org without any problems if I needed help with Swahili, so I was off to my next adventure in Uganda.

My next stop was to visit a local market. My guide at the local market taught me so much about produce in Uganda, and the products being sold at the market. Hearing about the sellers at the market got me thinking about other work people in Uganda might do, so next I talked with a local man about business, and what was needed to be successful in this country. I also had a discussion with another local man about jobs and employment in Uganda.

My conversations with the locals, my trip to the market, and my computer lessons gave me insight into daily life in Uganda, and social issues that natives face. Uganda was a wonderful destination for my first trip to the large continent of Africa, and I look forward to my return!

For now though, the only thing on my mind is where should I go next? Travel the world with me today when you log on to www.SCOLA.org for your free trial!

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