Volunteers from the U.S. military community across Okinawa helped the youth of Okinawa to learn english through games, conversations, and skits at the Nago Youth House’s English Day Camp Feb. 22.
“I’m excited when I come to these events becuse these are the kids of the future and we can teach them some things that other students or teachers can’t” U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Nard, with 7th Communications Battalion
Learning english is an important part of education for some children in Okinawa. The Nago Youth House held the camp as a chance to teach english in fun and effective ways.
“There is a great intrest in the community to learn English and to interact with people who speak English,” said U.S. Marine Corps Col. Jason Perry, commanding officer of 4th Marine Regiment.
“For us, it is an oppurtunity to interact with our neighbors in the community,” he said.
Volunteers spent the day playing games that helped local students understand English in everyday sentences.
“For me, it isn’t us building relations with the local community, it is being a part of that local community and contributing to that community,” Perry said.
The day ended with the students performing a skit where they said both English and Japanese phrases to the volunteers and the rest of the students.