U.S. and Korean students build bonds together

by So, Ki-chun
U.S. Army

USAG DAEGU, South Korea - United States Army Garrison Daegu hosted the 13th Camp Carroll Annual English Camp for 50 Korean students selected from Booksam and Inpyong Middle Schools, August 7 through 11.

Camp Carroll Annual English Camp is a 5-day English home-stay experience camp for Korean students to provide an opportunity to use, improve, and develop confidence in their English language skills through interaction with native English speakers.

Soldiers from U.S. Army Materiel Support Command - Korea, 2nd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, 2-1 Air Defense Artillery, and USAG Daegu volunteered as instructors for the program. Thirty students from Daegu American Middle School also participated in the camp to help the local students feel more comfortable.

"It's a fun camp where students from both the U.S. and Korea, can interact with each other and make Korean students get more comfortable with speaking English," said Staff Sgt. Aguilar Adolfo, 2nd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade. "During this camp, there are multiple activities that enabled both the students to have plenty of interaction with each other."

Throughout the English Camp, the students were recommended to speak minimum of Korean but maximum of English. Their activities include eating at the dining facility, playing bowling, swimming at outdoor pool, watching a movie at theater, and performing a variety of activities at Community Activity Center.

Ashton Smith, Daegu American Middle School student said "It was very fun and nice experience" as his Korean peer Yi, Ji-han, Booksam Middle School student said "This is a wonderful event. I have really enjoyed not only speaking with Americans but also making foreign friends throughout this English Camp. If I could, I would love to attend this camp next year"

This English Camp was initiated in 2005 by the request of then Chilgok Governor who wanted to give local students an opportunity to practice their English speaking skills and experience American culture. Funding for the camp is provided by Chilgok County and USAG Daegu Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

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