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
2017 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.
- Beaches and Buildings in the Bahamas: Bahamas
Faculty Leader: Allan Meyers
Student Leader’s: Kaylee Kiger and Hunter Smith
- Enrichment in Ecuador: The Many Meanings of Poverty: Ecuador
Staff Leader: Mari Prauer
Student Leader: Anne Brisbane
- Immigration & Migration: Tucson, Arizona
Faculty Leaders: Nancy Janus & Nancy Schuler
- Jamaican’ Me Smile: Medical Mission Trip: Jamaica
Staff Leader: Zena Marpet
Student Leader: Lindsy Desmaris
- Monasteries, Mountains, and Manual Meditation: California
Faculty Leader: Bruce Foltz
Student Leader: Ali Solomon
- Permaculture, Women, and Empowerment: Nicaragua
Staff Leader: Topaz Hooper
Student Leader: Rachel Perry
- Poverty & Justice in the U.S. South & Beyond: Perryville, Arkansas
Staff Leader: Andrea Castaneda
Staff Leader: Tatiana Hoecker
- Sea Turtle Conservation: Costa Rica
Faculty Leader: Nancy Smith
Student Leader: Tommy Matia
- St. Pete HIV/AIDS Breaking Taboos: Florida
Staff Leader: Aisha Warner
Student Leader: Timothy Lee
- Sustainability in a Changing World: Permaculture in Puerto Rico
Faculty/Staff Leader: Ronald Porter
Student Leader: Mary Kelly
Past Spring Break Trips
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.