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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

Panama: Spring Break 09


View photos from Panama

13 students and Director of Service-Learning Brian MacHarg traveled to Panama this spring break to do volunteer work at two locations. The group spent the first two days of service at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute where they assisted with educational displays and beach clean-up at the Culebra station. Students painted an educational "submarine" display, worked on outside maintenance projects and cleared debris from the beaches where the scientists do their work on marine life. The group also got a tour of the marine research facilities by Smithsonian research scientist Dr. Mark Torchkin.

The group then spent four days at the Hogar Divino Nino, a Catholic-run orphanage for very young children. The group changed diapers on the infants, helped feed toddlers and planned activities for the children. The group enjoyed getting to know the children and seeing the attention that the orphanage workers showed those in their care.

During the non-volunteer hours, the group enjoyed seeing the sights of Panama including the Miraflores Locks, Parque Natural Metropolitano, Manolo's, the ruins at Portobello, Casco Viejo and other sites.

View photos from Panama

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.