Quick Contact

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

Puerto Rico - Spring Break 2012

Puerto Rico

View photos from Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico we worked with Penitud Iniciativas Eco-educativas on a permaculture farm in Las Marías. We spent a lot of time digging swails and building berms which are major components of permaculture. We learned a lot about permaculture practices and composting. The whole time we were there we ate fresh food, some of which even came from the farm we were working on. The impact of permaculture in the area was huge. The farm was green and prospering, while the next door neighbors’ farms seems barren other than their cash crops; the soil, though, looked dead. One of the neighbors was using machines the whole time we were there to clear out land. This made our work seem pointless, because what takes 5 minutes to destroy with a machine takes hours of manual labor, and then months if not years to replace fully. The organization was great, and I would recommend returning next year.

View photos from Puerto Rico

Reflective Service-Learning Portfolio

Triton Track

Current Calls to Action

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.


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.