New Orleans, LA


Site Leaders

Sarah Whiteside

Louis Diment

Type of Service


Site Partner(s)

Rebuilding Together New Orleans and HandsOn New Orleans



Departure Date


Return Date






Site Leader Description #1

Sarah Whiteside is a 3rd year from Alexandria, Virginia double majoring in Global Public Health and Biology. She has never been to New Orleans but is very excited to visit the city for the first time with ASB. Sarah first participated in ASB on the Savannah, Georgia trip in 2020 and led a weekend trip in Charlottesville last year. On grounds, you can find Sarah volunteering with Madison House, cheering on the Cavaliers in Scott Stadium, and studying at Starbucks (because tbh, who doesn’t love coffee). Sarah’s a sucker for anything Disney and her favorite stress reliever is midnight drives with the gorls! She is super excited to lead the New Orleans
trip next year and volunteer in the historic city!

Site Leader Description #2

Louis Diment is a 2nd year student from Folkestone, England in the UK, completing a BS/MA 4 year program in Chemistry and a Minor in Astronomy. He is excited for
the prospect of being a trip leader for the first time, especially in the warm and friendly environment
of New Orleans. Louis is passionate about Motor racing, particularly Formula 1, and uses this knowledge as a member of the Aero design team on grounds. He also takes great pleasure in
volunteering at the local Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity, and highly recommends participants to
come and get involved! He is super excited to explore HFH in NOLA with this year's group!


Trip Logistics

Our trip will start bright and early on Saturday, March 5th for a 9 hour drive to
Rossville, Georgia where we will be staying the night; the next morning, we will finish our drive to
New Orleans. We will be using site leaders’ cars for transportation to and from Charlottesville, as
well as any excursions. We will leave New Orleans on Friday March 11th, spend the night in
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and return to Charlottesville on March 12th. We’ll be staying in an Airbnb
close to Bourbon Street with access to a kitchen and shower. We’ll be able to make breakfast, pack
lunches, and have group dinners both at home and around the city!

Participant Requirements

Although we will be building houses with Rebuilding Together New
Orleans, don’t worry — no previous construction skills are required! Be prepared to get a little dirty
and learn on the fly. Our shifts will start early and can be strenuous, but hard work pays off when it
benefits a fantastic and deserving community like New Orleans. And if that isn't enough to convince
you, New Orleans has a great food scene!

Service Activities

Most of our service time will be spent working with Rebuilding Together building
new homes for families in need. We will also have the opportunity to work with HandsOn New
Orleans, a local organization focused on revitalizing neighborhoods through community-based

Recreational Activities

Our volunteering shifts will end around 3 PM each day, so we’ll have plenty
of time to visit the beautiful and vibrant city of New Orleans. This includes (but is not limited to) exploring Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, an alligator kayaking tour, and a ghost tour (ooh, spooky)!

Community/Area Background

New Orleans is best known for its jazz, beignets, festivals, and
influence from both French Creole and Spanish culture. Not only is New Orleans an incredibly vibrant and diverse city, but it boasts a rich history. Due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and low
elevation, New Orleans has always been susceptible to flooding, a problem which became particularly evident after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This category 5 storm destroyed thousands of homes, leaving nearly 80% of New Orleans underwater. Hurricane Ida, a category 4 storm that slammed into New Orleans in late August, has only exacerbated the issues of inadequate housing and homelesness in this beautiful city. The goal of Rebuilding Together New Orleans is to restore the homes of primarily underprivileged individuals still reaping the consequences of Katrina, and Ida,