Students at John Stanford International and the Northwest School have conducted seven virtual exchanges with their counterparts (TINFA partners) in Guatemala.
We sometimes take for granted that these exchanges happen. Electricity was running, the schedules of the paired classes were successfuly matched, the internet was working, the equipment ran smoothly, the teachers on both side managed the technical challenges, the students were prepared, and were very excited to exchange on the agreed upon subjects. This, in itself, is a major accomplishment.
Discussions ranged from introductions, comparing family units, to explaining favorite activities, to discussing subject studied in class like tropical plants and seeing some real life examples of these fruits and vegetables, or discussing emigration and immigration, with students that live it every day.
And yes, the cashew nut! The "cashew apple" is called "Maran~on" in Guatemala, and looks a little bit like a yellow or red pepper (see the teacher showing the fruit in the video above). The cashew nut is the lower part of the fruit (it looks like it could be the stem, but it grows under the fruit). See this for more info.