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New Orleans, LA


Site Leaders

Brooke Barnes

Autumn Nester

Type of Service


Site Partner(s)

Habitat for Humanity



Departure Date


Return Date






Site Leader Description #1

Brooke Barnes is a 2nd year student from Suffolk,Virginia planning to double major in Global Public Health and Anthropology with a concentration in Medical Anthropology, Ethics and Care. She is ASB’s community outreach chair (organizing this year’s Alternative Fall Break) and participates in a number of other activities on grounds. Last year, she participated in the 2022 Hilton Head trip, where she volunteered with Outside Foundation and Habitat for Humanity (so she already has some carpentry skills under her belt!). On grounds, you can find Brooke studying on the lawn or indulging in a smoothie bowl from Juice Laundry! She also loves movies, TV shows, and the occasional podcast (so make sure you bring your recommendations on the trip)!

Site Leader Description #2

Autumn is a third year from south west Virgina. She is majoring in Environmental Sciences and Biology with a minor in Art History. Last year, she went on the Alternate Spring Break trip to Portland, Oregon. Other than ASB, she is involved in the Environmental Science Organization on Grounds, volunteers as a dog walker with the SPCA, and is an RA in Gooch. She is very much looking forward to helping out in New Orleans, learning more about Habitat for Humanity, and meeting all the amazing participants!!!
trip next year and volunteer in the historic city!


Trip Logistics

We will be leaving on March 4th at 8:00 a.m. from Charlottesville and driving to Montgomery, Alabama where we will stay for the night. Then, on March 5th we will be finishing the drive to New Orleans! For the week, we will be staying in a hostel that has WiFi and kitchen access. The rooms we book at the hostel will only have members from our trip. Monday through Friday, we will be volunteering with Habitat for Humanity during the first part of the day and then exploring different parts of New Orleans after!! On Friday the 10th, we plan to begin the drive back to Montgomery. Then on the 11th, arriving back in Charlottesville.

Participant Requirements

There are a few things that we are requiring from our participants in order to make this a wonderful trip! We are looking for a group that will bring a positive attitude, is willing to learn new skills, enjoys spending extended amounts of time with others, and doesn’t mind getting up early. There is no need to have previous experience in the realm of carpentry.

Service Activities

During the week, we are going to be working with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans. We will be assisting them on their current projects in a variety of ways which may include painting

Recreational Activities

After the volunteer work is complete each day, we have so many fun activities that will allow us to see the city and experience the amazing food!! A couple things in store include exploring the French Quarter, a ghost tour, stopping by the beach, and a tour of the swamps.

Community/Area Background

In 2005, New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina which left a large percentage of the population homeless or with damaged property. During the rebuild process, the cost of housing skyrocketed, leaving those who had lived there struggling to recover from the natural disaster. Today, the prices of housing continue to increase due to gentrification and climate change.

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