Individual Impact Program

New Orleans, Louisiana 

New Orleans is the home of all that’s good in life!

Full of mouthwatering food, soulful music and fun-loving, and welcoming people. Known for fun, vibrancy, and culture, underneath are underlying social issues most visitors don’t get a chance to experience. Come make greater connections and gain a full appreciation for the city of New Orleans through our volunteer program! 

Our Community Projects

We have a variety of projects for you to choose from!

Environmental Sustainability

As our world faces the effects of climate change, organizations dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability becomes more and more crucial. The Environmental Sustainability project is perfect for those volunteers excited to support sustainable efforts.

 

Volunteer tasks widely vary from supporting recycling efforts to working in community gardens or urban farms removing invasive species, maintaining bioswales, or planting.

Community Development

Through the Community Development project, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the communities you work with. It is ideal for those hard-working volunteers who want to support low-income communities in any way they can.  

 

Work is varied depending on location and community need but can include: working with a homeless shelter, community center, or urban garden, sorting donated household goods, helping organizations beautify their spaces, and more.

Youth Support

Are you passionate about supporting our young people? The Youth Support project works to help those organizations dedicated to providing safe spaces that promote learning and development for disadvantaged children and teens.

 

Volunteer tasks can include helping schools, community centers or churches facilitate their programing, beautifying spaces, re-organizing classrooms, administrative support tasks, and more.

Construction and Renovation

The Construction and Renovation project is perfect for volunteers who are not afraid to get their hands dirty! It entails revitalizing communities through helping to construct or renovate homes and buildings to benefit those who live there.

 

Tasks include building, painting, landscaping, and other construction-related tasks. If you enjoy physical work, this is the project for you!

Please note that this project has a required donation of $50 per week to help the community partner with materials and other costs.

Our Services

We manage all logistics to provide a full turn-key experience.

Project Identification & Coordination 

Airport Pick Up

Programmed Orientation Day & Activity

Housing

24/7 Staffing & On Ground Support

Meals

Additional Information

Airport Pick-Up

Between 8 am - 8 pm on the Sunday of your arrival, we’re happy to pick you up from the airport! If you’re already in town, just let us know where you’re staying and we’ll make arrangements to pick you up from your hotel/hostel.

Accommodation

Volunteers are hosted in a dormitory-style volunteer accommodation located within Greater New Orleans. This location is a short drive/taxi/bus ride to the colorful Bywater neighborhood and downtown New Orleans with easy access to small shopping and food stores nearby.

The volunteer house has the feel of a school camp and can accommodate over 300 volunteers at a time. It is a relatively basic dormitory-style accommodation with bunk beds. There are shared bathroom facilities equipped with western toilets. Showers are located in a shower trailer just outside the main building. For your entertainment, the accommodation provides a basketball court, a volleyball net, a large outdoor field for games, a television, indoor games, and WiFi. 

Meals

Meals are homemade and provided by your wonderful and welcoming accommodation hosts. Breakfast during the week is hot except for Saturdays (served Monday-Saturday). Lunch is self-packed and prepared at breakfast and is usually make-your-own sammies with a selection of snacks and fresh fruit (served Monday-Saturday). A hot delicious dinner is served Monday-Friday.

Program Fees

Our program starts every Sunday and ends on Saturdays.
 
You can stay from anywhere between 1 to 12 weeks! 
Pricing = the # of weeks you'd like too participate in the program.
 
See the table for reference
Please note the Construction & Renovation Project has a required donation of $50 per week to help the community partner with materials and other costs.
Length of Program
Program Fee

Program Requirements

  • A one-time low registration fee of $25

  • Program fee

  • Must be 18 years or older 

    • Volunteers age 14-17 can join the program but must be accompanied by a guardian

    • Unable to accommodate volunteers under ​the age of 14

  • Basic background check

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