About the program
Join Love Volunteers in New Orleans and inspire disadvantaged youth. Volunteers on this educational mentorship program will support youth education and well-being while experiencing one of America’s most fun-filled cities.
This important program was created with the goal of supporting under-privileged children and their schools, developing resources and safe, sanitary and beautiful learning and cultural spaces they can be proud of! Unfortunately, state-funded schools, especially those in poorer areas, simply don’t have the resources to maintain educational and extra-curricular spaces and equipment. This initiative was developed to put the love back into schools and revamp or develop the spaces needed to help young people thrive. By providing a calm and encouraging environment to learn, develop and grow you’ll be helping change the lives of impoverished children. Providing the right facilities shows students they are important and improves their self-worth, creating a solid foundation to lead enriched lives.
This diverse program promises to keep volunteers busy across a range of projects and needs. Volunteers will bring their own experience and strengths that will greatly aid schools provide facilities to help their youth shine.
Goals of this Project:
- Provide support to schools and educational facilities
- Improve the prospects of some of the United State’s most impoverished children, and help them to break the poverty cycle,
- Enable exchange between volunteers and communities that cross cultural, religious and socio-economic barriers
- Keep children in education for longer by supporting their needs
How You Can Help
Love Volunteers' partner in New Orleans works with a number of community groups providing support to the city's youth. Volunteers will be paired with a project that best suits their skill-set and preferences and meets the current needs of the of the community.
Volunteers in New Orleans provide much-needed labour on essential projects improving the educational resources available to poor students. A can-do attitude and tons of enthusiasm and energy is required to fuel volunteers to make a difference. Volunteers could help on a number of different projects, including clean ups, painting and maintenance work, playground and garden development and designing and assembling new spaces for students. Work could also include simply organising and developing resources and teaching aids in classrooms and libraries, a task over-worked teachers lack time for. Volunteers on this program make a real difference to the lives of children, helping them to achieve a higher education and supporting their developing needs.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Making motivational connections with youth
- Working to improve education infrastructure in poor communities
- Promoting the importance of education
- Building social skills and resilience in indigent youth
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to help create a brighter future for children through the power of mentorship and education. This project best suits those with experience and/or qualifications in the field of youth development and education but volunteers who simply wish to explore an interest in this field are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist.
Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Police check
New Orleans (locally referred to as NOLA) awakens the senses! Food, festivals, façades and fabulousness come alive in this city and the friendly locals are just waiting to showcase their city to visitors. The famous celebrations, cuisine and colourful architecture are not just frivolous fun but steeped in the traditions and fabric of the city's history. Step into the story and feel what it means to be a NOLA local.
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation
Volunteers are met on arrival into New Orleans by our local representative and taken to the hostel to settle in. A welcome dinner for new and current volunteers is a great opportunity to get to know each other!
Monday is Orientation Day, designed to help volunteers feel supported and comfortable in their new environment. The orientation will cover negotiating the public transport system and will include a visit to the project site and brief introduction by the community partner.
- Arrival Day: SUNDAY 8AM - 8PM
- Departure Day: SATURDAY
- Arrival Airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (code MSY)
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers on this project are accommodated at one of New Orlean's popular hostels within convenient access to metro stations, restaurants and the many attractions of this great city. Volunteers will stay in shared dormitory-style rooms of various sizes, with shared bathroom facilities.
All standard amenities are available in the hostel, including hot showers and modern bathrooms, air conditioning/ceiling fans, microwave, bed linen and free drinking water.
Volunteers are provided with a traditional NOLA breakfast every day at the hostel (included in the program fee). They then have the opportunity to use other meals times to experience the amazing culture and cuisine on offer. Simply get a few of your fellow hostel mates together and head out to one of the many local restaurants, bars or cafes and enjoy all the local and international delicacies on offer! Easy!
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.