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St. Tammany West, Louisiana 

September 23 - September 30, 2018 

Offer a Hand Up with a New Orleans Twist!

If you are searching for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people less fortunate than ourselves while experiencing the wonders of a mystical place, join this Global Village trip to St. Tammany West, Louisiana.

There is still a lot of work to be done in the Crescent City and surrounding Parishes. Straddling the mighty Mississippi, New Orleans is most often referred to as the most unique city in America and the birthplace of Jazz.  It’s widely known for its French Creole architecture, cuisine, cross-cultural and multilingual heritage.  

Average temperatures in Louisiana for September range from highs of 30°c to lows of 20°c.  Make sure to bring appropriate clothing to accommodate the weather. 

Why should I go to St. Tammany West?

Rich in history, culinary heritage, green spaces and scenic beauty, St. Tammany, for more than a century, has been where many people come to get away from city life. Now its charms are being explored by visitors from around the country, even the world. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to work alongside future homeowners who work so hard to help the community continue to thrive.

Teams will typically work on new homes and on any stage of the building process such as framing, drywall, and painting. Tools and safety equipment are available. Training is provided on site. You will need to bring safety footwear that is CSA approved (Green Patch). All you need is the willingness to learn and get your hands dirty!

What will my week look like?

Sunday, September 23

  • Arrive in New Orleans.  Enjoy our first team dinner

Monday, September 24

  • Explore New Orleans
  • Tour of the City wander the French Quarter
  • Enjoy an evening of Jazz.

Tuesday, September 25 – Friday, September 28

  • Breakfast at a local restaurant  
  • On the work site from 8:00am–4:00pm.
  • Lunch on-site from a variety of local eateries
  • Free time after work to clean up
  • Dinner at local neighbourhood restaurants and a sampling of the music of the south

Saturday, September 29

  • Breakfast at a local restaurant
  • On the worksite from 8 to 11:45
  • Head back to New Orleans for another opportunity to visit the French Quarter for pictures and shopping
  • A departure dinner in New Orleans.

 Sunday, September 30

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart for home or continue your visit to Louisiana independently. 

Where will I stay? What will I eat?

For this trip, the team will be staying in a local hotel very close to the build site. Team members will be sharing two to a hotel room. Lunch will be provided on the build site. Dinner will be in local restaurants. We will be enjoying the local fare from some of the favourite eateries in the area.

What will it cost?

The cost for this 8 day opportunity to build in Louisiana is approximately
$1,890 + round-trip airfare + $200 R&R

The trip cost covers: lodging, food and ground transportation for the build portion of the trip, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH St. Tammany West and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to New Orleans (airport code MSY). Flight arrangements must be made in consultation with the team leader.

*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the eligible airfare – these will be 2 separate receipts. The costs for R&R portion of the trip are not eligible for a tax receipt and this money must not be sent to HFH Canada.  

Meet the Team Leader: John Bell 

John Bell has been a Habitat volunteer since 2004. This will be the sixth team he’s taken to New Orleans since he first fell in love with the area in 2007.  He has led a team in Honduras and participated on Habitat builds in: Bozeman, Montana; Jackson, Mississippi; Iqaluit, Nunavut; and, the Jimmy and Roslyn Carter build in Haiti. John also Chaired the Durham Region Affiliate and volunteered with several affiliates in the greater Toronto area.

In true Habitat spirit all John asks is that you come with an open mind and heart. Be ready to roll up your sleeves and be amazed by what can be accomplished in five days.

Contact John to learn more about this trip at jbathome28@gmail.com or submit your application now!

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