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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
local: 727-864-7512


Service Learning

Spring Break 2011

Spring Break 2011 sent students out to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Immokalee, Key Largo, Northern Ireland, New Orleans, New York, Nicaragua, North Carolina, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. John and Venezuela.

Jump straight to the 2011 photos on Flickr right here.

Costa Rica - Co-sponsored by the surf club, students helped out at a preserve on the coast followed by some surfing.

Dominican Republic - This group assisted at an orphanage in the exotic Dominican Republic.

Ecuador Jungle - This group worked with an indigenous group in a section of the Amazonian jungle.

Ecuador Mountains - This group did service at an organic farm and nature preserve.

Hanging Rock - Students volunteered and spent time hiking the beautiful Appalachian Trail.

Honduras - Students traveled to volunteer at agencies that are assisting children in beautiful La Ceiba.

Immokalee, FL - This group worked with migrant workers and for migrant worker's rights here in Florida.

Key Largo - Students, along with the campus "Scuby Jew" group did coral restoration in one of the most beautiful parts of our own state.

New Orleans - The Big Easy still struggles post-Katrina, this group worked in the city's Lower 9th Ward.

New York City - Dean Annarelli lead this group to explore issues of urban poverty and help out low-income people in this most amazing city.

Nicaragua - Students volunteered to fight poverty in both the city of Managua and also for a few days in a rural area.

Northern Ireland - This team worked with groups seeking reconciliation following a period of conflict known as "The Troubles"

North Carolina - Students did work on a sustainable organic farm seeking to serve the environment and local community.

Peru - This group worked with schoolchildren in a low-income area on the outskirts of Lima.

Puerto Rico - This group worked with an amazing environmental/sustainability organization in the jungle.

St. John, US Virgin Islands - This team volunteered at a prestigious and difficult-to-access preserve and scientific research center.

Venezuela - Students helped out at a camp that seeks to rehabilitate children who live on the streets of Venezuela's largest cities.

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.