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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

Venezuela: Spring Break 11


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11 strong women along with Service-Learning Director Brian MacHarg served in some of Caracas, Venezuela's worst slums during spring break for the Asociacion Damas Salesianas). Students developed specific English lessons and activities designed to promote cultural exchange. Members of the group also painted various schoolrooms and visited the medical facilities of the organization as well.

The group visited a school in the Petare slum of Caracas, notoriously one of the poorest and most dangerous areas in South America. Under the guidance and protection of the nuns at the school, the group taught lessons and also got to visit in residents' homes. Eckerd students also served at both an elementary and high school in a town on the outskirts of Caracas. The group received warm hospitality from our organizers at the Association and enjoyed a day at the beach and the opportunity to stay in a dormitory run by the organization.

The students were 11 women doing service with the group leader. Largely, the Association is run by and led by strong women who are serious about their work. Many students expressed how great it was for a group of women to do work alongside other strong women leaders.

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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.

Notes from the Field

Servant Leaders blog
Service-Learning Interns blog
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.