Migrant Farmworker Mission Experience
Spend your spring break learning about and working with the migrant workers who come to Immokalee, Florida to harvest the crops.
Time and Date
Spiritan Campus Ministry will be traveling to Florida from March 2 - March 9 (Spring Break)
How to Apply
Applications are available online, only. For more information, please contact Kate.
Immerse Yourself in Another Culture
This cross-cultural experience to Immokalee (which means, My Home) involves many different activities and an immersion into the lives of migrant farm worker families in the agricultural hub of Immokalee Florida. Participants may go into the fields and groves to harvest fruits and vegetables with crew workers and spend time at the homes of "adopted" families.
A Wealth of Activities
Other activities can include: learning about social service agencies, tutoring in daycare centers, helping at the overnight homeless shelters, working at construction sites with Habitat for Humanity, and many other options. Students will listen to the stories of farm workers and organizations that assist them with advocacy in immigration, housing, material assistance, education and health care.
A Week of Reflection, Relaxation, and Prayer
The week also consists of prayer, journaling and reflection each day. There will also be time to relax and go to the beautiful beaches of Fort Myers and Naples.
This past Spring Break Spiritan Campus Ministry led a group of 14 to Immokalee, Fl. Immokalee, where 90% of the United States tomatoes are grown during the winter months has all of the allure of nearby beaches (Naples) and beautiful Florida weather, but instead of being a vacation hotspot it consists of vast farmlands and the hardships of those who work at them.
Our group worked with the community of Immokalee learning about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their plight for fair wages and safe working conditions, and volunteered with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Guadalupe Social Services, and Immokalee Non-Profit Housing. A huge accomplishment for the week was to work with the community to build a raised-bed garden.
Also, the group was lucky to attend a press conference where famous authors, activists, and small farm owners spoke on issues of sustainability practices in the agricultural business and how farmworker rights and wages should be included in its practice (e.g. organic foods).
"This cross-cultural experience provided us with the chance to see a part of the world with new eyes. Eyes conflicted by recognition of our privileges we take for granted and the hardships and lack of human rights people in America still face. It also provided background knowledge and relationships to work towards raising awareness about fair food and realizing Immokalee's effect on Pittsburgh. This experience also brought Duquesne students together that wouldn't have normally met, allowed them to bond as they faced challenges and faced harsh truths, spent a day at the beach to reflect and refresh for the rest of the semester."