Press release below from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation:
FORT BENNING — Sixty-four Colombian Military Cadets attending a Leadership Development Course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) will be learning about U.S. culture in Americus, Sat., March 9.
Their first stop is at the Habitat for Humanity Global Village and Information Center, where they will learn of Habitat's mission, global and domestic operations, from 9-10 a.m.
The cadets will then go to the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) to learn about the University (and about educational opportunities in the U.S.). The morning involves a presentation from GSW officials and a tour of the campus.
WHINSEC hosts lunch in the GSW Dining Hall, with the GSW Soccer Team and its coaches joining the cadets to get acquainted and to share with them, peer-to-peer, what U.S. college life is like.
An International Friendly Soccer Match will culminate the visit, with a team of the cadets facing the GSW team at 3 p.m. The match, on the GSW Soccer Field, will have 45-minute halves, with a 10-minute intermission.
Coach Warren Russ is the key GSW person in arranging the match, and the entire visit to the University.
The cadets, all students in the General José Maria Cordova Military Academy, Bogota, Colombia, are at WHINSEC for a four-week course that puts them in leadership roles while they experience many of the training activities of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning.
Part of the mandate for training international students in the U.S. is to acquaint them with the U.S. way of life, and the trip to Americus fulfills that requirement well. The students will get to see American volunteerism in action at Habitat, and the value the U.S. places on having an educated citizenry at GSW.