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Ronald Porter
Acting 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

Iceland - Spring Break 2012


View photos from Iceland

While most spring breakers flock to the warmth of locations near the equator, we headed north, 66 degrees north, to the sublime, grueling, and sometimes horrifying volcanic country of Iceland. Surrounded by snow capped jagged peaks and a vast black sand and ash glacier valley we were put to the test as we completed demanding, physically and mentally, service work at Skaftafell National Park in the south eastern territory of the island. Through out the week we did numerous projects including clearing trails around Europe’s largest park, cutting large blocks of wood with all man powered tools, removing barbed wire fencing, and hauling pounds of timber on our backs into the mountains to build a bridge.

At night we enjoyed the “hot pot” a hot tub feed by natural hot springs, cooking local foods such as lamb and locally caught cod, star and aurora borealis gazing, and lots of bonding through games and after dinner reflections. On one of our free days we explored the geography through glacier hiking and ice caving with an Icelandic mountain climbing legend, Einar. We were also blessed by the presence of Gummi out Icelandic park ranger who lead us through many of our tasks. He was a glorious Viking who taught us a lot about Icelandic culture, politics, and once he even sang for us. We had an unbelievable week, we worked hard, bonded, and learned more then we could have asked for about each other and Iceland.

View photos from Iceland

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Current Calls to Action

Edible Peace Patch Project
Looking for something fun to do this summer? The Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for volunteers for their summer camps! The camps will take place in Brandon, FL, June 21-27, and in Apopka, FL, July 12-18.
Interested? Contact Paula Orandash for more info at (727) 577-1700.
AIDS Walk Tampa Bay 2014
What are you and your friends doing to change the course of HIV in the Tampa Bay Region? By walking, donating or volunteering this year, you will help to provide much needed resouces to the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP).
The 12th annual AIDS Walk Tampa Bay will be held at Vinoy Park in Downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 6th. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

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