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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

Cuba - Spring Break 2012


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12 students traveled with Director of Service-Learning Brian MacHarg to Havana, Cuba to perform service this spring break. The group had the opportunity to see the culturally rich and politically complex country while traveling on a legal visa. The group performed service at a number of locations: They served lunch and visited with the elderly at a church-run seniors program, they painted the hallway of an orphanage, they planted beets at an organic sustainable farm, and assisted at a school for young children. Additionally, the group delivered much-needed supplies such as dental supplies donated by the St. Pete Association of Hygienists as well as toys and school supplies for children. The team also received orientation briefings at several organizations to learn about their work such as at the Martin Luther King Center and at an organization that helps children with cancer.

Team members had the pleasure of staying in "casa particulars", Cuban homes that are licensed to allow overnight visitors. We made friends with our casa hosts and got to know the Centro Habana neighborhood. Additionally, members visited sites of cultural significance such as the Plaza de San Francisco, Museum of the Revolution, Hemingway House and other sites.

View photos from Cuba

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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

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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

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Read individual profiles of how involvement with Eckerd Service-Learning changed the lives of current students and alumni.  Learn more.