By Charlotte Newman. Photos by Kim Groves
I didn’t know what to expect the first time I walked into the Ciber Doña Lola internet café to give my first computer class in Teotitlan. How many women would come? What would they know? More importantly, what wouldn’t they know? I’d given English classes, business classes…but this was something new. Not to mention I’m no computer geek myself; I can turn it on, check my email, turn it off. If anything goes wrong it’s a call to mom. And if you ask me how to make the “@” key on a foreign keyboard, forget about it. I’m lost. Fortunately, what I would consider a computer expert isn’t necessary in Teotitlan. The women, of course, are always wonderful, patient, eager to learn, and extremely grateful for our assistance, and most of them are in the basic stages—open a word document, find the letters on the keyboard, create an email account—I can handle that.