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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

Jamaica: Spring Break 09


View photos from Jamaica

On March 15, twelve students and one faculty leader departed Orlando, Fl for Montego Bay, Jamaica. The group of thirteen Eckerd College representatives arrived in Kingston, Jamaica to complete a week's worth of service with the Mustard Seed Organization. The Mustard Seed Organization is a group that assists individuals who are suffering from HIV/AIDS and mental and physical handicaps. The work that the group completed ranged from painting houses and buildings to gardening to repairing wheelchairs. However, most of the days were punctuated with visits from the residents, children and adults, who resided in the various facilities of the organization. Commuting daily from their mountain-top hostel, the group completed five days of service.The trip culminated with a trip to Dunn's River Falls and then two nights in Montego Bay.

View photos from Jamaica

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.