Three Linton-Stockton High School freshman are trying to raise funds to participate in the People to People Student Ambassador program this summer.
Sarah King, Cole Anderson and Jacob Smoot will be traveling to France, Italy and Spain to learn about new cultures.
In order to be able to participate in the programs the students must raise the $8,000 tuition, which pay for all transportation, accomodations, meals and educational activities during the nearly month-long trip.
The three students were of only eight chosen in the Indiana, Ohio and Illinois region. Students will be setting off on a plane June 24, and return home July 21.
"Even in my wildest dreams I never thought I'd get chosen for something like this," King said.
King said the program originated in 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower had a vision to create global awareness and incite world peace by allowing students to travel internationally and learn from other cultures.
The students received letters in the mail, and had to have three recommendations letters from teachers and members of the community.
They later attended an interview in which they were asked what their proudest moments in life were, a form of communication they cannot live without and what they would want to learn from the experience.
"They said they would call within the next week to let me know. They called the next day," King said.
King said the trip will allow her to work with mentally ill children, take part in community service projects, see tourist attractions and meet with government officials.
The students will also get to stay with a host family in Spain to help accustom them to the Spanish culture and families.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the historical sites ... We will be repelling down a castle and going to a bull fight. I am looking forward to staying with the family. I think hearing their accents would be awesome," King said.
King's mother, Christine, said they will be working very hard to achieve the tuition goal.
"I always knew she was going to travel, but I thought I had more time," Christine King said with a laugh. "I don't want her to miss out on this opportunity. It's life changing."
Sarah King has an account set up at www.gofundme.com, and a search for her name will tell her story and allow donations to be made.
The Kings are still looking for fund raising ideas, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook.
Cole Anderson will be selling "Fun Pasta" after the first of the year, and also has a Go Fund Me account at www.gofundme.com/cole-anderson.
For more information about the pasta fund raiser or helping Anderson, contact his mother Susan at 847-7278 or email@example.com.
"I'm super proud of him, and we are excited for him to go. We know they are going to represent our community, state and country very well," Susan Anderson stressed.