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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

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Service Learning

Helpful Links

Below are some links that we think you might find helpful.

Center for Career Planning and Applied Learning
Provides information on Eckerd's Career Resources, international education, internships and service learning opportunities.

Florida Campus Compact

The International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership
IPSL is a site that have programs that integrate study abroad and service learning

Volunteer Florida
Volunteer Florida deals with issues facing Florida and has programs students can get involved in.

AmeriCorps is like Peace Corps only it is in America and the obligation to serve is only one year.

idealist.org is interested in college students and their engagement in service.

Online Resources

The following online resources offer valuable tools to assist in the development of a service-learning course:

Campus Compact

Campus Compact provides a database of syllabi contributed by service-learning practitioners in higher education. Browse syllabi by discipline for service-learning project ideas, examples of course structures, or relevant texts to incorporate into your course.

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse offers a search engine to locate syllabi. Filter hundreds of service-learning syllabi by sector, area of service, demographics, or theory and practice.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health maintains a growing collection of syllabi and course materials for a variety of health related disciplines, including anthropology, psychology, and sociology. On the homepage, click on the service-learning link. On next page select discipline-specific resources, including syllabi, to search service-learning syllabi by discipline.

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning is a peer-reviewed journal with submissions written by faculty and service-learning educators for the service-learning community.

Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Community Engagement

Partnerships: A Journal of Service Learning and Community Engagement is a peer-reviewed journal specializing in articles relating to the importance of partnerships among students, faculty, administrators, community agencies, and more as they relate to service-learning.

Community Works Institute

Community Works Institute publishes a free journal three times a year focused on community engagement within education.

Compact Current

Campus Compact publishes a free quarterly newsletter called Compact Current for organizations and higher education institutions with articles relevant to service-learning.

National Youth Leadership Council

The National Youth Leadership Council offers free subscription to a monthly electronic newsletter for service-learning practitioners.

Journal for Civic Commitment

Journal for Civic Commitment is a bi-annual online journal that provides research-based and practical information to the service-learning community.

Documents and Forms

SL Student Survey Pre-test and Post-test: The service-learning pre and post tests were developed by consultant Pamela Steinke to measure the impact of reflective service-learning courses on students.

Form W-9: Use this form if an honorarium is offered to a guest speaker from a partnering organization. The W-9 must be completed by the speaker and submitted to the Business Office in order to receive payment.


The following articles on reflection, service learning, pedagogical theory, and community partnerships may be useful resources for course development, or may be used as assigned reading for students.

Many Opportunities to Serve

With over 100 non-profit agencies in the Tampa Bay area, there are a plethora of ways for you to get out and get active in your community. You can work directly with the people/issues that an organization serves and or you can provide behind-the-scenes support for a non-profit agency. Be sure to check out the Volunteer Agency Directory for ways to contact these agencies.

Listed below are some of the skill areas or social issues with which you can work:

  • Administration & Office work
  • Animal Care/Animal rights
  • The Arts
  • Disability services
  • Drug prevention
  • Education
  • Elderly
  • Environmental Action
  • Hunger and Homeless
  • International service
  • Marine life preservation
  • Marketing
  • Medical Care
  • Migrant farming/labor
  • Political activism
  • Racial reconciliation
  • Religious organizations
  • Voter registration drives
  • Women’s Care
  • Youth Programs

Current Calls to Action

Edible Peace Patch Project
No plans for this Saturday, May 17? Head on over to the Maximo Elementary Peace Patch garden to join our crew in getting the beds ready for summer. We can use all of the help we can get.
If you'd like to come, sign up today!

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.