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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

Honduras: Spring Break 11


View photos from Honduras

One staff member and thirteen students attended the Honduras Service Learning Spring Break Trip. The efforts to fundraise began with candy grams in December and continued to include two late night kitchens. Our goal of raising $750.00 was met with additional assistance from the Eckerd College Organization of Students.

We worked with the International Organization SOS in El Porvenir, Honduras. Our fundraising efforts helped replace a roof of the Caseta at the front of the compound. We also cleaned and painted the interior and exterior of the building. A secondary project consisted of building up a flood retaining wall in front of one of the many homes. In our spare time we played with the 150 orphans ranging in age from 3 to 18 who resided at the compound. The teachers in Honduras were on strike throughout the duration of our stay so we improvised and taught English to those interested in learning.

Our fun day consisted of snorkeling at Cayos Cochinos, an island north east of La Cieba. We spent time snorkeling one of many reefs and our marine science students pointed out the marine wildlife. Over all we had a fantastic experience in Honduras and many of our participants cannot wait to return to the orphanage.

View photos from Honduras

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
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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.