CAMP CARROLL, South Korea — The sixth Annual Camp Carroll English Camp ran Jan. 11 – 15, with a total of 50 students from middle schools in Chilgok County in attendance.
Korean students practice English over a game of pool at Camp Carroll, U.S. Army photo by
Sgt. Lee Do-dam, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu Public Affairs.
The English Camp provided students the opportunity to learn English, while experiencing American culture on a U.S. Army installation.
Soldiers from 2-1 Air Defense Artillery, 501st Sustainment Brigade and U.S Army Garrison Daegu volunteered as instructors for the program. Students from Daegu American School also participated, helping Korean students become familiar with American culture through conversation and sharing.
“The purpose of the English Camp is to foster good neighbor relationships between the communities of Waegwan and U.S. Army Garrison," said Guy Taylor, a USAG Daegu Plan Specialist who helped to organize the program. "It is also intended to give Korean students a chance to experience American culture and just have fun."
The five-day camp was filled with various activities for students, many of whom were shy at first and were hesitant to use their English speaking skills. However, as time progressed, students found their confidence and began talking not only amongst themselves, but to their American hosts and instructors.
According to English camp officials, the program can be deemed a success. A highlight of the camp was when the students got a chance to participate in simulated rifle shooting at the Engagement Skills Trainer training facility.
From observing how Americans live and how they use their leisure time to touring the American military installation and experiencing American food, the Korean students said the camp and the experience was worthwhile.
“I learned a lot from this experience,” said Shin Young-jae, a local student who participated in the English Camp program.