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Service Learning

Service Learning

Matt Flege '06

Global Development Studies major

Matt Flege 

So I couldn't help but notice during my first week of Autumn Term at Into the Streets that it was like a Beach Boys song I once heard... "Two girls for every boy." Inspired by these high odds I embarked on a path of service throughout my next few years at Eckerd College...

Seriously, though, Service Learning was a big part of my experience and the source of many of my most memorable lessons and experiences. I was active in Eckerd College Homeless Outreach, Spring Break Service Trips, and some of my friends and I founded the Coalition for Community Justice. These experiences were the basis of some of my greatest friendships at Eckerd.

After graduating from Eckerd, I joined the Peace Corps. I served in Jamaica, where I worked for Food for the Poor, and international Christian aid organization. My work included facilitating the construction of houses, distributing food aid to nonprofit and community organizations, and running a small adult education center. For any of you soon-to-be Eckerd grads thinking about the Peace Corps, give me a shout!

My wife Heidi (also an Eckerd grad!) and I recently returned to my hometown of Cincinnati, OH. I currently work for St. Vincent de Paul as the Social Services Team Leader.

Notes from the Field

Servant Leaders blog
Service-Learning Interns blog
The service-learning student interns are increasing service involvement at Eckerd, becoming successful service leaders and helping students create a community around the values and challenges of servant-leadership.

Service Learning Profiles

Alumni Profiles

Read individual profiles of how involvement with Eckerd Service Learning changed the lives of current students and alumni.  Learn more.