New Orleans, LA

Site Leaders

Logan Cunningham

Keerthi Medicherla

Type of Service

Housing

Site Partner(s)

Habitat for Humanity New Orleans

TRIP INFO

LOGISTICS

Departure Date

3/6/2021

Return Date

3/14/2021

Participants

10

Cost/Person

$660

Site Leader Description #1

Logan is a third year in the College of Arts and Sciences and is double-majoring in Biology and English. Last year she went on the Habitat trip to New Orleans, and had not only an eye-opening experience, but also a great time exploring and learning about the city with fellow UVA students, including Keerthi (her co-SL this year)! She loves reading, baking, working with kids, and going on spontaneous adventures with friends. She is super excited to meet this year’s NOLA HFH group!

Site Leader Description #2

Keerthi is a third-year in the College of Arts and Sciences and is double majoring in Computer Science and Global Studies: Security and Justice. Last year she went on the Habitat trip to New Orleans, and had a great time learning about the unique culture of the city and meeting amazing fellow volunteers, including Logan Cunningham (her co-SL this year)! She loves eating good food, reading, going to UVA bball games, and Charlottesville in the fall -- the colors are unbeatable. She is super excited to meet this year’s NOLA HFH group!

Trip Logistics

Keerthi and Logan’s cars will serve as transportation for the 15-hour trip. We will be driving from Charlottesville to Chattanooga, TN on Saturday, March 6 and stopping in a hotel for the night. On Sunday, we will complete the rest of the drive to New Orleans.

For the duration of our trip, we will be staying at St. Jude’s Community Center, which will provide us with meals and lodging. Each of our meals will be from St. Jude’s (including packing bagged lunches to bring to our site) other than meals that we eat at restaurants around NOLA.

On the way back on Friday, we will stop at a hotel in Tuscaloosa, AL before completing the rest of the drive to Charlottesville the next day.

Participant Requirements

There are no real requirements other than an excitement and willingness to participate in service, and an openness to learning about the culture and history of New Orleans!

Service Activities

We will be working on site with Habitat for Humanity between 8 am and 4 pm, Tuesday through Friday. This could involve painting, building, cementing, roofing, and/or much more!

Recreational Activities

We have planned several activities, including a walking tour of the French Quarter, a Bayou boat tour, exploring the Lower Ninth Ward, and experiencing the vibrant culture and delicious food of the French Quarter. We will be volunteering between 8 am and 4 pm, so if you have any preferences for afternoon and evening activities, please feel free to share them with us! New Orleans has so much to see, and we want to make sure that our non-service hours are used to their fullest.

Community/Area Background

New Orleans is an incredibly vibrant city that draws its influences from French Creole and Spanish culture. Known for its bayous, jazz music, and delicious food, the New Orleans area of Louisiana is a center of culture, music, and unique architecture and history.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the city, leading to destruction on a mass scale. The effects of the disaster are still being felt today, both by the members of the community and the larger city economy. Habitat works to ameliorate the effects of Katrina on residents by building homes intended to withstand the unique NOLA climate, and we will be contributing to that effort in the spring!

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