Shaking off the morning grogginess, ROTC CULP team two wakes up early, excited and ready for another week full of English education to their Vietnamese military counterparts.
Even though the temperature and humidity reached well into the low 100’s during the week, this didn’t dampen team two’s motivation and eagerness to further educate their peers in the English language.
The English topics that we covered in the classroom to Unit 871 during this week consisted of hunting, and health and fitness. The Vietnamese military students during the instructional days, took away a lot of valuable information taught about both topics.
Looking in from the outside, many conversations relentlessly filled the classroom everyday during the instructional hours with laughter and joy from both sides.
As it could be seen during the week, the students enjoyed themselves and the opportunity to learn from their American military counterparts, who themselves, were enjoying the opportunity to teach English and learn some Vietnamese.
A few of the methods that were used to help teach and reinforce the English skills learned by the students thus far varied from singing classic folklore songs and creating a competitive vocabulary crossword game for the students.
Another fun game that the Vietnamese military students had the opportunity to participate in, which helped to learn more English, was a sing along of a currently popular country song, called “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. In addition to the sing along, Cadet Zachary Lanctot showcased his country line dancing skills to the class and had the opportunity to teach a Vietnamese student.
Later in the week on June 29th, team two had the wonderful and blessed opportunity to visit a local Vietnamese orphanage to donate clothes, hand out candy, toys, and other fun things for the children to have.
Upon arrival to the orphanage, the Cadets were greeted by the children and workers with smiles, laughs, open arms, and they seemed grateful to have visitors stop by.
The many activities we had the opportunity to participate in with the children varied from filling up balloons, handing out toys, gelatin candy and hygiene products, helping younger children with a drink of water, and playing with them–all of which seemed to bring a smile to the children’s faces.
As we ended our orphanage visit, waved heartfelt goodbyes to the children, and handed out the last of the donations the feeling of joy, appreciation, and gratefulness was felt by all of us.
Upon the murmurs of reflection after the orphanage visit, we had the collective feeling of pride with being able to make a difference in children’s lives, and being able to further strengthen relations with the local Vietnamese populace in a short amount of time.
“Seeing the children smile and being able to make a difference in their lives in a short amount of time was truly an amazing experience.” said Cadet Jonathan Nguyen. “It will definitely be something I’ll never be able to forget.”