But the lack of success of the adult-education programs in Proyecto Salesiano isn't stopping Spitaler and Hintirholzer from enjoying themselves. "I really like having the opportunity to work with the kids," Hintirholzer says. "It's great when they come running up to me shouting, 'Erwin! Erwin!' It kind of makes me feel like a hero. Also, I've found the Mexican people to be very warm and very giving. I've dined in many families' homes because they're always inviting me. The people are so open, unlike in Austria, where people are closed. You'll know people for years there and never be invited into their homes. In Mexico, there's a lot more emphasis placed on human relationships."
"I love the mentality of the Mexican people," Spitaler adds. "They have more passion, more feeling. It's a very, very warm people."