New Orleans, LA - YRNO

Site Leaders

Kristen Caramanica

Mikayla Mason

Type of Service


Site Partner(s)

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans



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Site Leader Description #1

Kristen is a 3rd year from Long Island, NY studying Leadership & Public Policy in the Batten School. She loves ballet, traveling, and of course UVA Basketball. She can’t wait to go back to New Orleans this Spring and share an incredible experience with a new group of participants!

Site Leader Description #2

Mikayla is 3rd Year in the Nursing school and enjoys dancing, hiking, live music and UVA basketball(go hoos!). She is excited to meet a great new group of people and looks forward to the long car ride to hear everyone’s music taste!

Trip Logistics

Kristen and Mikayla went on the YRNO trip last year and loved it so much that they decided to come back again this year! We will be leaving from UVA between 6-7 am March 7th and getting to New Orleans between 9-10 that night. We will be staying in the YRNO bunkhouse throughout the week and will return to UVA early the following Saturday. Throughout the week we will be working with on houses with YRNO from 9-3 Monday through Friday and exploring New Orleans in the afternoons and evenings. On the Sunday after we arrive we will go on a swamp tour and during the week visit Frenchman Street, eat lots of beignets and listen to live jazz music!

Participant Requirements

We are looking for hardworking and considerate participants who will help create a fun and memorable experience for everyone!

Service Activities

While we work with YRNO (Youth Rebuilding New Orleans) we will be working on rebuilding houses which will involve a variety of jobs from painting to demolition. The team at YRNO is amazing and will be able to make sure we are able to use the equipment and tools properly and have a great time!

Recreational Activities

The Sunday we arrive we will take a boat tour of the bayou. During the week we will work with YRNO until 3 pm, so we will have the late afternoon and evening to explore NOLA. We will visit Bourbon St. and the French Quarter and make sure to listen to live jazz music and eat beignets. We will also visit the Presbytere, which has great exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina.

Community/Area Background

New Orleans is a culturally rich city in Louisiana. It is well known for its history of jazz music, creole food, and festivals like Mardi Gras. In addition to the distinct culture, the city of New Orleans has also been greatly impacted by Hurricane Katrina, which occurred in 2005. More than a decade later, the people of New Orleans are still struggling to rebuild the city, which is why our trip is so important.

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