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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

Nicaragua: Spring Break 11


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The 2011 alternative spring break trip to Nicaragua performed service in La Danta, a indigenous agricultural community, and the capital city Managua. Located in the mountainous northern region of Nicaragua, the community of La Danta and Eckerd students participated in homestays. Service activities included constructing a rock wall for flooding protection, assisting with the creation of the community church ground floor, moving thousands of bricks for the construction of a new house, planting cashew seeds, assisting in the elementary school garden, and baking bread in a community leader's brick oven. Eckerd students had the chance to go for a hike through La Danta, learn about the history of the village, and participate in a good-bye dance party.

In Managua, the Eckerd volunteers stayed in the Quaker house hostel. The students volunteered at La Chureca, the largest open-air dump in Central America. The afternoon was spent doing arts and craft activities with the children who reside in the dump. A night discussion was held with a local sweatshop union organizer who was able to explain and answer questions about the life of a typical sweatshop worker. She also gave details on how her job sought for social change. Finally, Eckerd students participated in a historical tour of downtown Managua.

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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.