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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


toll-free: (800) 456-9009
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Service Learning

Panama: Spring Break '10


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12 students traveled to Panama to provide service for the largest orphanage in the country, San Jose de Malambo. The orphanage is home to 162 children, from the tiniest of infants to children of 18 and 19 years old. It is a house-based orphanage, with 20 children living with age mates and a house parent in each house. There are two clinical houses, home to children with HIV and other disabilities. The baby house also has 5 severely handicapped children.

The Eckerd students provided care, stimulation, fun and love for the children. Each day we divided the group up so that some worked in the morning with infants, others worked with toddlers and still others worked in what we came to call the HIV house. After helping to serve lunch daily, the students would switch with one another to work in different houses. By far the greatest challenge to the Eckerd students was the toddler house, as the children were not toilet trained and nor did they have diapers. Almost all had been removed from abusive homes, so the level of interpersonal violence between the children was high. The Eckerd students learned a great deal in working with these children and they did a yeoman job.

Following 5 days of 8:30-4:30 service at Malambo, we traveled on the weekend to the San Blas Islands to learn about the Kuna Indian culture and relax before returning to Eckerd.

View photos from Panama

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Current Calls to Action

Edible Peace Patch Project
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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