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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

Northern Ireland: Spring Break '10

Northern Ireland

View photos from Northern Ireland

Fourteen Eckerd students and staff traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland to work with the Wave Trauma Centre to assist them in their work during spring break. The Wave Centre works with victims on both sides of the conflict in Northern Ireland historically known as "The Troubles". Volunteers helped the organization with their new Peace Garden and also assisted in the youth and children's programs.

While the group went to Belfast to serve, the group regularly felt like they were the ones being served by the Wave Centre thanks to their hospitality, friendships and willingness to share difficult stories. Eckerd students heard from victims of violence, bereaved mothers and recovering drug addicts--all left in the wake of the conflict.

When not working or interacting with members of the Wave Centre, the group had the chance to see some of the spectacular sights of the area such as the Giant's Causeway, Belfast Castle, live Irish music and a day in Dublin.

View photos from Northern Ireland

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.