The Insider: Fun and service in the sun

March 15, 2013 9:00 AM

Greg Thomson

On Saturday (March 23), 11 Tulane students will head to Miami for their spring break like many college undergrads across the country. These students, however, will redefine “fun in the sun” by adding community service to their agendas.

As a part of the Tulane Alternative Breaks (TAB) organization, students will be doing beach cleanup on the islands of Biscayne Bay, volunteering at two local homeless shelters and helping with children’s activities at a seafood festival.  

Senior Angela Czesak, president of TAB, is going on the Miami trip for the third time. She says the satisfaction of helping others and the comradery of the volunteers are what keep her going back.  

“It’s just really rewarding, and I get to meet new people,” says Czesak. “It’s also a lot of fun, and as a freshman I instantly made 11 new friends that I could say hi to on campus.”

This year, the 11 students range from freshmen to seniors. They will drive 14 hours in a 12-person van and spend the week in cabins at the Miami Everglades Resort.

As a reward for their long travel and devoted service, Czesak points out that the group will also get to reap the benefits of their spring break destination.

“You work hard all day and then you just hang out by the campfire or go swimming,” she said. “It’s a fun way to get to know everyone.”

On top of the nightly campfires with s’mores, students will enjoy a day at the beach and snorkeling on Key Largo.

Other TAB community service trips during spring break include trail clearing in the Smoky Mountains, wetland protection work in Southeast and Central Louisiana and Hurricane Sandy relief in New York City and New Jersey.

Greg Thomson is a Tulane sophomore studying communication.     

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