Join local residents and community organizations in the ongoing disaster relief effort to rebuild and preserve the physical, ecological, and social structure of New Orleans. Assist with community projects throughout New Orleans as you help rebuild a historic American city. After service, explore the area’s unique culture. Listen to live jazz in the French Quarter and spot alligators on an airboat tour in the bayou.
Students love the culture in New Orleans and the pride that citizens have for their city!
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.
A school backpack or a similar sized bag is ideal.
- Passport/Photo ID
- Photocopy of passport
- Book and/or journal
- Change of clothes
- Refillable water bottle
- Visa documentation (if applicable)
- Consent to Travel form
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.
- Socks (8-10)
- Underwear (8-10)
- Pants/Capris/Jeans (2-4)
- Long service shorts (4)
- Long sleeved shirt (2-4)
- Hoodie/sweatshirt (1)
- T-shirt (8-10)
- Tank tops (2-3)
- Light jacket
- Rain jacket
- Hard-soled shoes/work boots
(travel sized containers packed in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash/Soap
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
- Bug spray
- Feminine hygiene products
- Razor/shaving cream
- Sleeping bag/Blanket