For the past three months, our service learning immersion program has been very busy. Students, faculty and school administrators from all over the country have been coming to Hope CommUnity Center to learn what life is like for many Central Florida immigrant families. During their visits, immersion participants got to know the people and the history of Hope; ate and lived with local immigrant families; picked fruits and vegetables for hours like so many immigrant farmworkers must do to earn a living; and heard firsthand the human argument for comprehensive immigration reform. Each group came with their own energy, their own level of understanding of what local families face, but one by one each participant soaked in the immersion experience. Friendships were forged and perspectives were broadened.
Here’s a look at some moments from our Spring 2014 Service Learning Immersion Visits