About the program
OPEN FOR SUMMER 2020
One small step can make a difference. Are you ready to take that first tiny step to contribute your part in the giant leap required to get our planet back on track? Yes, you are! Volunteers are urgently needed in USA for a range of environmental sustainability projects. Participants on this program, based in the vibrant city of New Orleans, will work to regenerate our environment and experience volunteering in one of America’s most exciting cities. Working alongside like-minded individuals with a passion for sustainability and the desire to help where it’s needed most, volunteers will meet new people, experience new things and explore a new city while doing good for our planet.
It’s no secret that our past practices have damaged our environment. From rising sea levels, to sinking wetlands, displaced and endangered animals to natural disasters, our future is dependent upon responding to and adapting to climate change. This diverse program promises to keep volunteers busy across a range of projects and needs while working towards a common goal to regenerate the environment. From planting projects and waterway clean ups to urban park renewals to encourage wildlife back into our cities and people back enjoying green spaces, each project is essential to our eco-system going forward.
Goals of this Project:
- Provide support to established sustainability projects
- Protect wildlife from displacement and extinction
- Encourage greater awareness of environmental needs throughout our cities
- Enable positive exchange between volunteers and communities that cross cultural, religious and socio-economic barriers
How You Can Help
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on various environmental projects all with the essential goal of repairing the damage made and regenerating our environment. They provide a much-needed labor force to work directly on both established projects and helping to develop new ones. We need volunteers who aren’t afraid to get stuck in and help where it’s needed most. Environmental sustainability projects not only have an immense impact on the community, but also provide great educational and learning opportunities for the volunteers themselves. Volunteers will bring their own experience and strengths that will greatly aid these projects. Volunteers could help on a number of different projects, including park clean ups, maintenance work, helping to establish new habitats for animals and waterway clean ups, to name just a few.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Working in wetlands and bayous to clear out unwanted species
- Work on conservation and disaster management projects
- Work replanting ecosystems and cleaning waterways
- Planting trees and rain gardens in flood-prone areas
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to give their time and energy to assist with environmental sustainability in New Orleans. This hands-on project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in conservation/environmental studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by your local project leader. Importantly though, 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
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 stay in dedicated camp accommodation in dormitory style rooms in a converted school building.
All standard amenities are available at the camp, including unlimited hot water showers, free WiFi, recreational facilities, meeting rooms and communal areas.
Volunteers are provided with a cooked breakfast daily at the camp and lunch and dinner are also provided on weekdays (included in the program fee). Weekends are an opportunity to experience the amazing culture and cuisine on offer in this great city. Simply get a few of your fellow volunteers 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.