The benefits of doing service
- Have fun!
- Make lifelong friendships
- Learn more about yourself
- Build valuable leadership skills
- Gain marketable “real life” experience
- Think about the important things in life
- Explore career/major options
- Get connected to the community
For Student Groups
- Learn team building skills
- Become more active
- Increase membership
- Enhance overall morale
- Find a new sense of purpose
- Gain public recognition
For Eckerd Classes
- Learn through hands-on work in a community service environment
- Make meaning of academic theory and retain more relevant information
- Learn about the complexities of social injustices and systematic problems
- Learn about the importance of civic responsibility and active citizenship
- Consider the role of faith in service
- Be more engaged in the course
Eckerd College students participate in Service-Learning on the local, national, and international levels.
Autumn Term: Into The Streets
Autumn Term serves as a foundation for incoming first year students embarking upon their educational journey at Eckerd College. During Autumn Term Eckerd College freshmen have the opportunity to participate in a three-day Into the Streets service program and work with agencies in the Tampa Bay Area to perform meaningful service work
Service & Celebration
The Office of Service-Learning offers weekly Service and Celebration events, in which students participate in off-campus service activities.
Spring Break Trips
2018 Spring Break Trips
The Eckerd College Office of Service-Learning offers students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to propose and develop Spring Break Service-Learning trips. These trips travel both domestically and internationally, and focus on a variety of service causes and issues.
- Trail Restoration in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Staff leader: Michel Fougeres
Student leader: Mathieu de Bruin
- Poverty & Justice in the U.S. South and Beyond
Staff leader: Will Schantz
Student leader: Meghan Long
- Combining SCUBA and Service in the Florida Keys
Faculty leader: Carl DiNardo
Student leader: Anjali Boyd
- Jamaican’ Me Smile: Medical Mission Trip
Staff leader: Kasia Nowacki
Student leader: Lindsy Desmarais
- RSL in the Indigenous Ecuadorian Community
Faculty leader: Kirk Wang
Student leader: Nicholas Schulz
- Housing and Cultural Understanding in Guatemala’s Highlands
Faculty leader: Lorena Mihok
Student leader: Thomas Lang
- Environmental Spirituality and Sustainability: Permaculture in Puerto Rico
Staff leader: Ronald Porter
Student leader: Adam Maxwell
- Reforestation in Rural Nicaragua: Landscapes and Language
Faculty leader: Chrissy Auger
Student leader: Stasia Babicki
- Permaculture, Women and Empowerment in Nicaragua
Staff leader: Topaz Hooper
Student leader: Isha Joseph
- Expanding Educational Opportunities in Lima: Peru
Faculty Leader: Dea Dea Huffstutler
Student Leader: Meghan Cadden
Past Spring Break Trips
Students hiking in Tucson, Arizona during an “Immigration and Migration” alternative spring break trip.
Gamma Knox Dorm
The Knox Service Dorm was initiated in the fall of 2005 to provide a residence hall for students dedicated to service. The service-learning provides a unique and fun atmosphere that really draws students together. Through planning, and executing service projects with one another, the dorm quickly becomes like a family.
The service dorm has four main objectives:
- To support personal growth of the residents through service and education.
- To build a residential dorm that is defined by its occupants’ dedication to community service.
- To expose the Eckerd College community to service and educational opportunities on campus and off campus.
- To serve the needs of local, national, and global individuals and communities.
- Organize one group service program per semester
- Participate in three service programs per semester
- Participate in house activities that help to develop a community identity
- Free community building service trips (Past years have gone to Orlando)
- Funding for service events
- Transportation for service events
- Knox Service Coordinator mentorship
- Have fun and make friends!
The Office of Service-Learning encourages students to rethink what service means. Our mission statement and objectives are dynamic, and we therefore develop educational programming in order to pose new questions regarding our service practice and develop new projects. Our pedagogical approach involves four programs: the Office of Service-Learning Innovators, community roundtables, health and wellness, and a film series.
In an effort to build and expand the influence of service-learning throughout Eckerd, the Service-Learning Innovator program aims to increase student involvement in social entrepreneurship, develop successful service leaders, and empower students in creating a community rooted in the values, challenges, and spirit of service leadership. The Service-Learning Innovator Program allows students to draw upon the creative energies of the new century by developing sustainable solutions to social problems through an embodied praxis of innovation, adaptation, and education.