Our CULP mission in the tiny West African country of Gabon is to teach English to a class of Gabonese officers and NCOs, from various branches of the military. In addition to teaching English, we exchange cultural information, get to know one another, and experience a country very different from the United States of America. These photos tell a story about what we have done thus far and help share some of the moments that make this trip very special to everyone involved.
Cadet Courtney Pearson practices reading with a staff sergeant in the Gabonese Republican Guard. Reading and writing practice is done in small groups so that each student can receive feedback and individual attention.
Cadet Nick Delissio helps a Gabonese Army first lieutenant understand a confusing part of a grammar lesson taught in a large classroom setting.
Cadet Declan Harris discusses cultural similarities and differences with his small group. Small groups are primarily where cultural information is exchanged. Cadets have become very close to the members of their small groups, sometimes to the point where gifts are exchanged.
On July 4th, Cadet Jeff Cader, a history major, lectures about the importance of Independence Day in American culture. The Gabonese celebrate their own Independence Day on August 17th, and joined in a short celebration with us.
Cadets enjoy a game of soccer (football) with a group of Gabonese children on the beach. The Cadets lost the game, but enjoyed the experience very much.
Cadet Declan Harris and a second lieutenant in the Gabonese Republican Guard discuss the sights and sounds of the capital city, Libreville. On this day, Cadets and students walked through the city and had conversations in English about what they saw.
Cadet Nick Carella drinks coconut milk from a freshly opened coconut. On this day, Cadets got out of the city and Gabonese park rangers showed them life in the country and in the jungle.
A Gabonese National Park Ranger demonstrates the effectiveness of his camouflage pattern in the jungle. He is standing up about ten feet into the brush.
Cadets keep in shape with a five-mile sunset run on a beach near the hotel they are staying at.
Lt. Col. Kelly Broome, CULP Gabon mission commander and a jumpmaster, explains Airborne Operations to Cadets and students from inside of a Gabonese C-130 Hercules.