Quick Contact

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

Community Based Programming

Eckerd College students participate in Service-Learning on the local, national, and international levels.

Autumn Term: Into The Streets

Autumn Term serves as a foundation for incoming first year students embarking upon their educational journey at Eckerd College. During Autumn Term Eckerd College freshmen have the opportunity to participate in a three-day Into the Streets service program and work with agencies in the Tampa Bay Area to perform meaningful service work

Service & Celebration

The Office of Service-Learning offers weekly Service and Celebration events, in which students participate in off-campus service activities.

Spring Break Service Trips

The Eckerd College Office of Service-Learning offers students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to propose and develop Spring Break Service-Learning trips. These trips travel both domestically and internationally, and focus on a variety of service causes and issues.


Spring Break 2014 sent students out to the Bahamas, Belize, California, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ocala National Forest, Georgia, Iceland, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico.

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Bahamas - Service in the Bahamas: A Week with the Cat Island Community.

Belize - You Better Belize it! Volunteer at the Liberty Children's Home in Belize.

California - Cultivating Mindfulness through Service: Buddhist Monasticism.

Costa Rica - Rescue the Rascals! Volunteer at Costa Rica Wildlife Rescue and Sanctuary.

Dominican Republic - Fostering Education and Sustainability in Rural Dominican Republic.

Ecuador - Preserving and Living the Indigenous Way of Life.

El Salvador - Rebuilding a Broken Community: El Salvador.

Florida - Forests of Florida.

Georgia - A Week in the Trees.

Iceland - Taking Back the Trails: Natural Conservation in Iceland.

New Jersey - #ECServesNJ, Serving the Atlantic City Community.

Puerto Rico - Spiritual Environmental Work.

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.