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Rebuilding New Orleans (Spring Break)

Rebuilding New Orleans (Spring Break)

Spend your spring break helping to rebuild a historic American city. Damages from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 can still be seen throughout New Orleans. Work with local organizations to rebuild homes and participate in initiatives to help locals regain their sense of community. After work, explore the French Quarter, try some spicy jambalaya, snack on beignets, and relax and unwind as you listen to live jazz. This program will give you an appreciation for the unique culture of New Orleans and teach you what it takes to rebuild a home.

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No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
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Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.

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Carry-On

A school backpack or a similar sized bag is ideal.

  • Passport/Photo ID
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Change of clothes
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Medication
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
Checked Luggage

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.

Clothes

  • Socks (8-10)
  • Underwear (8-10)
  • Pants/Capris/Jeans (2-4)
  • Shorts (4)
  • Long sleeved shirt (2-4)
  • Hoodie/sweatshirt (1)
  • T-shirt (8-10)
  • Tank tops (2-3)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Light jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Sandals
  • Hard-soled shoes/work boots
  • Sneakers
  • Hat

Toiletries

(travel sized containers packed in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash/Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Deodorant
  • Razor/shaving cream

Miscellaneous

  • Sleeping bag/Blanket
  • Pillowcase
  • Headlamp/Flashlight