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

RSL Requirement

Beginning with the class of 2017, students complete the Reflective Service-Learning program as part of the General Education experience at Eckerd. Prior to senior year, students participate in one or more approved RSL experiences, one of which must be academic. The combination of experiences must amount to a minimum of 40 hours.

Qualifying Reflective Service-Learning experiences:


  • RSL course
  • RSL Winter Term
  • RSL independent study


  • Spring break service trip
  • Individual service experience

Students complete reflective exercises associated with each service-learning experience in order to build a service-learning portfolio, which is housed online in Triton Track. A summative reflection is submitted during the senior capstone course and reviewed by the professor.

To Track RSL Hours (Academic and Co-Curricular) use the following: RSL Hours Log


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.

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.