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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
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Service Learning

Peru: Spring Break 08


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This past March thirteen Eckerd College students went to Huancayo Peru to participate in a Spring Break Service trip. Huancayo is an impoverished town located in the Andes Mountains. Many of the problems in Huancayo are the result of the violence that plagued the town in the 1980's from the Shining Path terrorist group.

In Huancayo we volunteered with the NGO Tinkuy Peru for 8 days. We stayed with a local family in their volunteer hostel and taught English at local institutions. We taught English at two orphanages, a public school and an after school program. We volunteered approximately seven hours day and participated in many hikes in the surrounding mountains. One day we participated in an environmental cleanup on ancient ruins that has heavy tourist traffic. We hiked up ancient ruins on mountain tops, visited Torre Torre a unique rock formation and participated in a six hour glacier hike high up in the Andes Mountains.

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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.