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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
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Service-Learning

Service Learning

Dominican Republic: Spring Break 11

Dominican Republic

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When we arrived to Santo Domingo we were greeted by our bus company, Tropical Tours, who shuttled us around La Romana for the rest of our stay. We checked into our hotel, where we had five rooms (one for the boys and four for the girls), located in the center of La Romana. Breakfast and dinner were provided by the hotel and lunch was provided by Hogar del Nino, the day care center where we worked Monday-Friday.

At the Hogar, we stenciled, painted, and decorated five classrooms, fed and stimulated infants, and practiced English with adolescents. The Hogar educated and medically treated children (with ages ranging from infants to 18 yrs) of single mothers. There were four females college graduates working at the Hogar who were very helpful in providing activities and helping our group make the most of our DR experience.

On the last day of our trip, we went on a cruise where we snorkeled and spent the day on Catalina Island. It was a great way to relax after a long week.

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Reflective Service-Learning Portfolio

Triton Track

Current Calls to Action

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.