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Ronald Porter
Director of Service-Learning

Eckerd College
Office of Service-Learning
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711


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Service Learning

Venezuela - Spring Break 2012


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Spring Break Service trip Caracas, Venezuela

The service trip to Venezuela was very exciting and gave the group of Eckerd students a wonderful chance to give back to the people of Venezuela. Many of the students on the trip had never been outside of the country or their comfort zone this trip was a fantastic way for these students to experience the world.

The trip was co-led by Professor Bensadon and student leader Brett Thompson. The trip consisted of eleven Eckerd students all with various backgrounds and ages. The group had superb group morale and bonded instantly. The group worked as if they had been together for ages. Every participant in the group equally contributed in service to the people of Venezuela and where able to experience the wonderful culture of Venezuela.

The group had the opportunity and privilege to volunteer with the Asociacion Dams Salesianas of Don Bosco, a Catholic-based NGO working on bettering the lives of the people in Caracas’ poorest slums through health and vocational training. As a group we were able to see some of the many different facilities and programs that the Asociacion Dams Salesianas offered to the people of Venezuela.

The group actively worked with young children in the slums of Caracas teaching English as a second language. The group also actively helped with administrative process for the organization and various forms of manual labor to rebuild parts of their facilities in the slums of Caracas. Overall the trip was a great success. Each of the group members where able to learn something not only about the world but about themselves as well through their service work in Caracas Venezuela.

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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.