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Ronald Porter
Director of Service-Learning

Eckerd College
Office of Service-Learning
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711


toll-free: 800-456-9009
local: 727-864-7512


Service Learning

The Office of Service-Learning

Embark on a journey of personal development through the coordination of service with your academic studies!

2015 Spring Break Service Trips

Incorporate service into self and community

Eckerd College requires students to participate in at least 40 hours of service work prior to graduation. The Office of Service-Learning aids in the facilitation of this requirement, and also gives students the opportunity to be innovators and create their own service-learning projects and activities.

We move beyond service at the emotional level and push students to think about how they can incorporate service to self and community in both their work and livelihood. The following map highlights domestic and international service trips from previous years.

Spring Break Service-Learning Trips

Through the Alternative Spring Break Program, the Office of Service-Learning gives Eckerd students the opportunity to spend the week of spring break performing service in both international and domestic locations. By giving students opportunities to engage complex social and cultural issues through building relationships with local communities, experiential learning, direct service, group discussion, readings, and reflection activities these trips seek to transform students into advocates of social change on issues affecting local communities and communities abroad. By focusing on population over destination, each trip is carefully selected to ensure that Eckerd College is working in partnership with local organizations to conduct service that truly benefits local communities while building and promoting healthy and long-term partnerships.

Applications are due by December 2nd, 2015.

The locations are as follows:

  • Ecuador
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Appalachia
  • Nicaragua
  • St. Pete
    • Environment
    • HIV/Aids
  • Cuba
  • Jamaica

Partner with community agencies, faculty and campus groups

In addition to our link between academics and community, we provide students with opportunities to partner with community agencies in reciprocal service-learning, collaborate with faculty in an effort to integrate community service with academic coursework, and support campus groups by organizing service activities that relate to their work and mission.

Eckerd College students have engaged in incredible service work over the years.

Calls for Participation

Academy Prep

Volunteer with Academy Prep

Academy Prep is a unique private middle school program serving 5th through 8th grade students in a low-income area. Students must qualify for need-based scholarships to attend and must have a desire to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. Academy Prep works with students to prepare them for higher education, maintaining relationships with graduates through high school, college, and into their adult lives.

YMCA Reads

Volunteer Mentors Needed

YMCA Reads! is an after-school reading assistance and mentoring program providing opportunities for at-risk and low-income children in kindergarten through third grade to develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school.

Community Action Stops Abuse

Community Action Stops Abuse

It takes a whole community to stop domestic violence. CASA's vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place.

Edible Peach Patch Project

The Edible Peace Patch Project

The Edible Peace Patch Project is a not for profit organization whose mission is to eliminate poverty as a factor in educational success and diet-related health issues.

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

The mission of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is to build partnerships to restore and protect Tampa Bay through implementation of a scientifically sound, community-based management plan.