Andrew Heitzhaus '15 spent part of his recent winter break from college on a service immersion trip to Immokalee, Florida. He went with a group of his classmates from the University of Detroit Mercy.
"The trip was a very unique and eye opening, but it was also tough knowing that I was only going to be there for a week with these people," says Andrew.
Andrew and his classmates went to different locations each day and worked with several groups including Habitat for Humanity and Our Lady of Guadalupe Service Center. The college students also played soccer with the local children, and took part in discussions with Coalition of Immokalee workers on the topics of social responsibility, human trafficking and gender-based violence at work.
"My favorite part though was absolutely being able to play soccer with the kids on my last day in Immokalee," says Andrew. "The Immokalee Soccer School and Academy is run by a man named Gabriel Mejia who is a former professional soccer player. He emphasized the importance of having dreams and helping kids figure out why they are special."