Going from reading textbooks in the academy into the farm brought the curriculum to life. “You see the farm, the cherries on the tree, and the different processing methods,” reflects Lin. She laughs and says: “Now I can understand when Shaun says honey - I used to think they actually added honey into it! Now the understanding just comes naturally when we speak, rather than trying to refer back to the text.”
It was also Ken’s first time on a coffee farm: “It was my first time seeing the red cherries and I brought some back for my friends to see. But the experience harvesting wasn’t that fun. We did it for only an hour or two, and it was tiring.” Sellrin adds: “I didn’t have any expectations, and we didn’t know we had to work! We thought it was just for a holiday. It’s quite heavy to carry the cherries we harvested.” All in all, the students harvested only 16 kg of coffee cherries - imagine the work that goes into exporting hundreds of tonnes!