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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

Spring Break 2012

Spring Break 2012 sent students out to Cayman Brac, Costa Rica, Cuba, Detroit, Guyana, Iceland, Mexico, New Mexico, New Orleans, New York, Nicaragua, Orlando, Peru, Puerto Rico, Ukiah, Venezuela, Washington DC and the Yucatan.

Jump straight to the 2012 photos on Flickr right here.

CAYMAN- Environmental service on the second largest island in the Cayman Islands.

Cayman Brac

COSTA RICA — Service with the Rahab Foundation, which works to facilitate quality-of-life improvements and restore dignity to the families linked to commercial sexual exploitation.

Costa Rica

CUBA — Volunteers completed service with person-to-person friendship via church and hospital. Havana is home to beautiful architecture and wonderful people but struggles with severe poverty.


DETROIT — Service provided to Cass Community Social Services, an agency that shelters, feeds and provides housing to homeless men, women and children.


GUYANA — Environmental service and volunteer work with an animal shelter and preserve in the city of Georgetown.


ICELAND — Trail and park maintenance in the beautiful Skaftafell National Park.


MEXICO — Students partnered with a recent EC grad now working for the Peace Corps by helping clear trails and assisting with a building project in El Bosque La Primavera National Park.


NEW MEXICO — Native Health Initiative welcomed students to do service oon a number of different projects ranging from work with the elderly to farming.

New Mexico

NEW ORLEANS - The Big Easy still struggles post-Katrina, this group worked in the city's Lower 9th Ward.

New Orleans

NEW YORK CITY — Dean Annarelli lead a group to explore issues of urban poverty and help out low-income people in this most amazing city.

New York

NICARAGUA - Students helped fulfill the mission of Casa-Nica by volunteering at the National Zoo.


ORLANDO — Students worked with children and families at Give Kids the World.


PERU — Students assisted with various projects at an indigenous preschool in a low-income area on the outskirts of Lima.


PUERTO RICO — Environmental service and permaculture education work with Penitud Iniciativas Eco-educativas.

Puerto Rico

UKIAH, CALIFORNIA — Farming at a Buddhist monastery north of San Francisco that maintains an organic, sustainable garden and other projects.


VENEZUELA — Work with Saleasans of Don Bosco, an organization helping in very poor areas with health and vocational work, allowed students to work directly with children in schools.


WASHINGTON, DC — LGTB advocacy in the nation's capital.


YUCATAN — Health and medical-themed work in a low-income community in the Yucatan Peninsula.

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.