The Intel team’s goal was to train the coordinators to effectively use the classmate PCs in the classrooms. “We were all very impressed at how respectful the students were. The moment we entered their classrooms they would stand up, get chairs for their honored guests and even called us Sir/Madam,” recalls Intel volunteer Lucy Kuria.

There were 6-12 students sharing one classmate PC, but the students made sure that each one had a turn on it. Many of the students were too shy to ask questions at the beginning of class, but would send more questions than their teacher could handle on the chat tool of the collaboration software.

At the end of every class, the students would always plead with the volunteers to stay another hour or visit them at least one more time. Some went as far as offering to go to class on Saturday and Sunday for a chance to learn something new on the computer. “All the students we met asked us to send our regards to everyone in America,” said Kuria on her blog from Kenya. “So if you are reading this from the U.S, wamosi.”

Bill MacKenzie is a communications manager for U.S. Corporate Affairs with the Intel Corporation.