NAGO CITY, Okinawa, Japan --
Learning about another culture is one of the benefits to being stationed in Okinawa, but Okinawans get to experience elements of U.S. service members’ culture too.
U.S. service members received certificates of appreciation from the Nago City Board of Education, March 7, 2017, at the Uruma City Ishikawa District Community Center, Nago City, Okinawa, for volunteering as English teachers at the Nago English Camp.
Marines and Sailors volunteered for the camp, where Okinawan children have been learning English since 2013.
“It’s nice to interact with the community and teach them as well as learn about their culture,” said Lance Cpl. Micael Kleefisch, a meteorologist with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, and a native of Athens, Alabama.
Jessica Goldman, a motor transportation operator with Truck Company, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF, said the class helped her achieve one of her goals.
“I’ve been wanting to teach English as a second language for a very long time now,” said Goldman, from Newtown, Pennsylvania. “It’s an incredible feeling that I hope other Marines will want to be a part of for generations to come.”
The event is open for all volunteers to help the local community in a one-on-one environment.
“Little by little we can change society,” said Goldman. “It’s right there; all we have to do is reach out.”