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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
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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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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.