Several Marines assigned to Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan dedicated a September weekend towards Japanese youth camping out at the National Chuo Youth Friendship Center in Gotemba, Japan, to help the children with conversational English skills.
The Marines and children spent several hours with each other over the course of three days.
The children’s knowledge of the English language varied, from no prior exposure to English to basic conversational skills. The first day went as expected, with most children appearing apprehensive.
“It’s been going well,” said Ayano Quentin, the CATC Camp Fuji host nations relations and community relations specialist. “Initially they looked a little shy, but then by the time we got to the third activity of the day, it looks like they are getting to know each other, so they feel like they’re more relaxed and more comfortable. They’re making friends with the Marines.”
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