Mrs. Cindy Massey, recently joined the ePals global community. They are already in contact with students their age China, Russia, Alaska, Lithuania, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Uganda.
One of their first eye-opening discoveries was that one of the two classes they are in touch with in Uganda, a class of gifted students in an orphanage for children of AIDS victims, is in a town that is largely without electricity. As a result, our kids are going to have to learn some new tools in order to communicate with them: paper, pens, envelopes, and stamps. They were also a bit taken aback when their new friends asked them whether we wear shoes to school - implying that they do not.
The lessons in cultural sensitivity, poverty, and global health crises which these relationships are teaching are immeasurable. And they've only just begun.