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Ronald Porter
Director of Service-Learning

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


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Service Learning

Iceland: Spring Break 07


View photos from Iceland

Most college students in their right mind would think of going to the warm beaches of Jamaica, Panama City, or Cancun for spring break but 11 intrepid EC students signed on to spend 9 days serving at the Skaftafell National Forest in Iceland this year.

Braving the snow and cold, students spent the week helping the park with a number of conservation tasks. Students cut down a number of trees that were in danger of dying because of overgrowth. The trimming will help the forest to renew itself and the trees to grow taller. Students also helped build picnic tables, worked with a compost station, and disassembled a bridge that had been washed out by flood.

The group stayed at the volunteer cabin in the park and shared housekeeping and cooking tasks. Students also participated in regular discussions throughout the week regarding service and the environment.

Students spent the week in full time service but had lots to see in the off hours too. The group participated in a glacier walk and ice cave climb as well as hikes throughout the park. Students saw the Aurora Borealis, enjoyed a bonfire, and visited the stunning Jokulsarlon Lake during their off time. Students also enjoyed getting to know the employees at the park and a free day in Reykjavik.

View photos from Iceland

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

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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.