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Ronald Porter
Acting Director of Service-Learning

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

porterrk@eckerd.edu

toll-free: (800) 456-9009
local: (727) 864-7512

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Panama: Spring Break 09

Panama

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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

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Looking for something fun to do this summer? The Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for volunteers for their summer camps! The camps will take place in Brandon, FL, June 21-27, and in Apopka, FL, July 12-18.
Interested? Contact Paula Orandash for more info at (727) 577-1700.
AIDS Walk Tampa Bay 2014
What are you and your friends doing to change the course of HIV in the Tampa Bay Region? By walking, donating or volunteering this year, you will help to provide much needed resouces to the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP).
The 12th annual AIDS Walk Tampa Bay will be held at Vinoy Park in Downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 6th. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

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