The Army ROTC Cultural Understanding Language Proficiency program gives Army ROTC Cadets the opportunity to be immersed into a different culture so that Cadets can learn different features of the particular country visited. While Cadets may have left home with one expectation, the reality once they hit the ground wasn’t always the same.
“I never would have thought teaching our native language would be challenging,” said Cadet Edward Rauch, a junior from The University of Scranton, of his initial impression in Thailand. “But I now realize that I am also learning about their culture and understanding of our country and how rewarding teaching our language can be.”
Rauch studies nursing at The University of Scranton and added, “I feel as though this will give me more experience in interacting and teaching in other nations which is especially important in order to provide quality care to patients overseas on deployment to different countries.”
The Cadets gained further cultural experience through weekend excursions to historical and cultural sites. Rauch mentioned that one of the most fascinating destinations was the Floating market, “one of the prime examples of cultural differences between the U.S. and the South East Asia region.”
The future nurse has taken many cultural considerations from this trip and believes these experiences to be useful once he is commissioned as an officer in the Nurse Corps.
For more information on the Army ROTC CULP program visit: http://www.cadetcommand.army.mil/culp/