by Cadet Kate Adams, Vanderbilt University ROTC
ROTC Cadets recently completed their first full week of teaching conversational English to members of the Hungarian Defense, Force 54 Veszprem Radar Regiment and Air Command and Control Center.
Throughout this week, we spent our mornings teaching in the classroom followed by an afternoon of seeing different parts of the military town, Veszprem. We are teaching subjects such as U.S. military beliefs, military justice, ranks and insignias, and U.S. military academies and in turn we are learning about the Hungarian military. We have been sharing parts of our culture with the Hungarians by each of us giving personal background presentations. Cadets then learn more about the Hungarians through ice breakers at the beginning of each class day.
While we have been here, the CULP program has been recognized in Hungary through a news article on the Hungarian Defense Force website, which can be found here: http://www.honvedelem.hu/cikk/44700.
On one of our afternoons, we had the chance to see inside the military bunker that houses the Radar Regiment, which stays in operation 24/7 365 days a year. And we spent one afternoon seeing the major historical sights of the town guided by our Hungarian counterparts. Additionally, we had the opportunity to visit the world famous Herend Porcelain Manufacturing Company, where we each made a piece of porcelain for ourselves.
We ended the week with the Hungarians at a Defense Force recreation center near Lake Balaton. Here, we helped make Hungarian goulash over an open fire, played games of ping-pong and Foosball with our new friends, and were surprised with a show of traditional Hungarian dances, which we then took part in. All of us are excited to continue teaching next week and to learn more about the Hungarian culture and our gracious Hungarian hosts.