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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

Spring Break 2012

The Office of Service Learning is the home of Alternative Spring Breaks trips, serving others and creating a bond with a new group of friends during a drug and alcohol free week.


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.


Spring Break 2011 sent students out to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Immokalee, Key Largo, Northern Ireland, New Orleans, New York, Nicaragua, North Carolina, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. John and Venezuela.

Jump straight to the 2011 photos on Flickr right here.

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.