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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
local: (727) 864-7512


Service Learning

Ecuador: Spring Break 11


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After a full 24 hours of "modern" travel on airplanes, taxis, and public buses, 12 hungry adventurous landed on the side of the highway at Arutam Rainforest Reserve, in the Pastaza Providence of Ecuador. Meet by wood flutes, an impeccable night sky, and three men in traditional Shuar garments, these Eckerd College volunteers began a challenging, rewarding, and most important educational exchange with the Shuar people. After receiving Shuar names and hearing the stories behind each, the group got right into learning the land and culture with a guided hike and soccer game. The next day work began as the group hiked 5kms with metal roofing out to "la Ceiba", staying and working at a building used for jungle retreats. The group spent the next three days hauling wood planks 1-3 kms through the muddy jungle in knee high rubber boots to gather materials to construct a kitchen. With sheer determination and guidance from Enrique (our steadfast Shuar leader), the group hauled over 150 pieces of lumber to the kitchen site. The group also cleared half an acre of land, falling trees and bee hives alike, harvested Yuca and prepared Chica, tried a hand at traditional games, and celebrated with a night of dancing and singing. The work was physically demanding and the group left tired, but accomplished. More importantly then the work completed, or sore muscles, was the connection and education gained from the Shuar. The sharing of cultures over camp fires, the laughs over bruised arms, and the resolve of the Shuar are the true memories that have been taken from the Shuar’s jungle and returned to St Pete.

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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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