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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

Puerto Rico - Spring Break 2012

Puerto Rico

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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

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.

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.