SWEETWATER, Texas (KRBC) – Fifteen Sweetwater students immersed themselves in a different culture. For the first time ever, Highland High School and Sweetwater High School, giving their students the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica this summer to learn more about their lifestyle.
“They do so much more even though they have less like they are so far ahead in education, more than you think they would be considering their conditions and they are so happy. They are big smiling and walking around like they have no care in the world,” said Heaven Martinez, senior at Sweetwater High School.
They each raised $3,000 to make this trip possible.
“The bake sales and the chocolate bars through the school, through Mrs. Doak and then I had a couple fundraisers on my own through my church family that kind of gave that extra push so I’m very grateful for everybody who helped me get over there,” said Amber Hnox, senior at SHS.
The trip opened their life to a new world.
“Not only was the language wonderful to learn about it really helps with your Spanish and your English. It kind of build that as well but also because the natural wonders of Costa Rica are amazing,” said Maura Chapman, senior at Highland High School.
They say it changed their outlook on how they can impact the live of others.
“Ever since I’ve been back I’ve had this little thing just bugging me that I need to go out and help people who don’t have what we have or need a little bit more help,” said Hnox.
Next year they want to travel to the Dominican Republic to learn more about the language and help serve that community.