February is African American History Month. For many Farther Foundation students it is a time to reflect back on the proud history of their culture, but an even better time to look forward to the impact they will have in their communities and in the world. We started with students who were ready to learn and ended with students who are ready to lead. We are pleased to share some of their stories with you this month.
In 2013, Brittanie traveled to Costa Rica with Rustic Pathways. Her trip included attending a local school and exploring Costa Rica through outdoor adventure activities.
Reflecting on her experience, Brittanie told us:
“One thing that I’ve learned is that roosters not only crow at the crack of dawn, but also repeatedly throughout the day. Costa Rica seemed like a completely different world from my regular teenage life, but when I got there it actually wasn’t that different. Okay, besides the fact I don’t normally go zip lining or go on three-hour rafting sessions, it was pretty similar! I went to school, tagged along on weekly shopping trips, and watched reality TV with my new older sister Sophia before school.
I went to school every day (including Saturday) and worked on my Spanish skills. It was definitely a unique experience. I had to take off my shoes before entering the wooden and rustic bungalow. The fact that we had class outside made learning even better! The cool mountain breeze billowed through our hair and the cicadas buzzed loudly. Occasionally there would be a break in class to see a sloth move surprisingly fast down its tree. Every day we would have a break or “descansar” and eat brownies and banana bread made from the bananas they grew at the school.”
Brittanie said her experience in Costa Rica was the highlight of her summer and one that she would strongly encourage other students to pursue. Brittanie graduated high school last spring and is now a freshman at Vanderbilt University.
95% of Farther Foundation students attend college directly after high school, and 95% of them have graduated or remain on track to graduate on time.
Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.