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J-LOFT and Volunteer Ventures MA are excited to offer our second annual Service Trip to New Orleans. We’d love for you to join on this terrific opportunity to help people recover their homes and experience the great culture and foods of New Orleans.

When?

The trip will take place over spring break – April 14-19, 2024

Who can participate?

Registration is now open to teens from the Greater Boston area in grades 8-9. We are also looking for parent chaperones.

What’s included in the trip?

We will work hard and play hard. During the day we will work together with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans (YRNO) on one (or several) of their current renovation projects. Specific work can vary from painting, building house frames, cleaning debris, and other tasks.

How much does it cost?

The overall cost of the trip for, including flights, accommodation, ground transpiration and food is $1,100 per participant, and $800 per adult chaperone.

What would a day in New Orleans look like?

While not every day will be exactly the same, here’s a sample itinerary:

7:00 – 7:30 AM Breakfast

7:30 – 7:45 Prepare brown bag lunches and prepare for day of work

7:45 – 8:00 Orientation to the day

8:00 – 8:30 Travel to worksite

8:30 – 12:00 AM work session

12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch (can include lunch and learn opportunities)

1:00 – 3:30 PM Work session

5:00 – 6:00 Clean up, relax, dinner preparation

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner including debrief of day

7:00 – Evening activity

What are the evening activities?

We wish we could fit all of these in one week, but we will definitely visit some of the following:

– Jazz music on Frenchman Street

– Walking along Mississippi Riverwalk (including Holocaust Memorial)

– Thursday night Cajun night at Rock n’ Bowl

– National World War II Museum

– Tour of Tulane University

– Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience

– Walking tour of French Quarter and Market

– Jazz boat tour on the Mississippi

– Tour of 9 the Ward and Hurricane Katrina memorial

– Beignets at Café du Monde (or other locations)

– Tour of NOLA Convention Center

Who is organizing the trip?

The trip is organized by J-LOFT and Volunteer Ventures of Massachusetts. In NOLA, we will partner with the local organization – Youth Rebuilding New Orleans – which will provide us with the accommodation, training, supervision, and job assignments.

If you’re interested to learn more, please reach out to Shoni Aronovich or Barry Glass.

 

All ready to go? Go ahead and fill out the application!

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