Luca’s Experience in Tobago

Last August I had the opportunity to go on a service learning trip with the Friends soccer team to Tobago.  It was a wonderful experience to visit the island and get to know kids who were in school there.   My favorite part of the trip was when we held several soccer training sessions with girls and boys who were interested in the sport.  It was the first time that I had ever taught anyone how to play soccer and I loved it.  The kids were all really engaged and enthusiastic.  It gave me the idea that I would like to coach younger kids in soccer once I recover from my concussion.   We also brought soccer equipment to Tobago, such as cleats and soccer balls, which we distributed to the kids who were in the soccer program at the school we visited.  It was nice to be able to give the children equipment that they really needed in order to be able to continue to pursue this wonderful sport.  They were so appreciative, and I enjoyed helping the kids find the right equipment for them.  Although Tobago is a small island, it is extremely dedicated to excellence in sports, as demonstrated by the fact that Trinidad and Tobago have won 19 medals at the Olympics. I felt privileged to be able to have this service learning experience in such a great community.