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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

Costa Rica - Spring Break 2012

Costa Rica

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A group of ten Eckerd students led by Jessica Wright (senior ‘12) and Amy Wright (Business Office accountant) completed service in San Jose, Costa Rica during their spring break. The team worked at Rahab Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1997, that works to rescue trafficked victims and then to heal and provide them, including their families, services. Rahab uses a holistic approach to better the survivors and their well being focusing on their body, soul, and spirit. The survivors undergo one-on-one therapy and group therapy during their healing process. They also take several classes at the center like, cooking, hair and make- up, sewing, arts and crafts, language, and they also have the opportunity to take school classes and then receive their high school diploma if they haven’t already done so.

The Eckerd group painted a large conference room, which also is used for English classes, hair and make-up school, art activities, and more. They also painted the office hallway and the reception area. While waiting for the paint to dry, the group always had something to help with and they never hesitated. The group relocated large amounts of cinder block, bags full of clothing, sewing machines, drywall, and many more miscellaneous types of building material, along with unloading two full moving trucks of fabric. They also worked in the daycare center, playing with the children of the survivors while they were in their classes. The group also organized rooms in the daycare center to provide a separate napping room with cribs and bunk beds and a separate computer room for the older kids.

Our service work does not stop there. The very inspired group is currently forming plans to host a 5k race taking place in downtown St. Petersburg during September this year. September 23 is International Day against Human Trafficking. The Rehab Foundation and Eckerd College are planning a “sister” race to honor the day. The group also plans to have several awareness events coming up in the near future, both at Eckerd and in the surrounding St. Pete community.

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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

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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.