College student gains approval to bring classmates to Immokalee

Graduating from Immokalee High School in 2016, Maria Munguia traded the warm weather of southwest Florida for the much cooler weather in Waverly, Iowa.

After graduation, Munguia was accepted into Wartburg College where she is currently working toward her Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and Communications with a concentration in Organizational and Public Relations.

Maria Munguia (kneeling on the left) and the her classmates who will be coming to Immokalee. (Submitted photo)

Instead of simply taking the college courses required to complete her program, Munguia chose to sign up for the Wartburg College Service Trips program. According to Professor Torres, who is the Director of Community Engagement at Wartburg College, the Service Trip program gives students the opportunity to attend one of up to 20 trips across the country per year.

Professor Torres points out that these trips are designed to create leadership opportunities for students by working with diverse populations and engaging in training activities that focus on social issues in the community.

After joining the Service Trip program, Munguia decided to submit a request for the Immokalee area to be added to this year’s list of Service Trip locations and much to her surprise her request was approved. Professor Torres calls Munguia a “fantastic student, who, as a freshman, has stepped up to co-lead a trip to her hometown. We are thrilled to have her in this leadership role.”

The real challenge begins now Munguia said as her group needs to raise between $1,700 and $2,000 in order cover the cost of travel and lodging. In addition, Munguia needs the help of local organizations to come forward with learning and service opportunities while her group is in town.

This year’s Service Trip will be from February 26 through March 2 so acquiring donations and committed organizations on time is essential. Organizations and donors wanting to help can go to www.wartburg.edu/givetoservice or contact Professor Torres at Kristin.Teigtorres@wartburg.edu.

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