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New Orleans

Community Partner

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, Camp Restore


  • No Poverty
  • Reduced Inequalities

*Taken from: The Global Goals For Sustainable Development

Dates of Travel

February 15, 2019 – February 24, 2019

(Note: the group takes a coach bus to Western and then from there another bus to New Orleans.  They depart New Orleans on Saturday, February 23 and return to Queen’s on Sunday, February 24, 2018)

Number of Participants

  • 40 Student Participants (20 from Queen's, 20 from Western)
  • 2 Student Trip Leaders (1 from Queen's, 1 from Western)
  • 2 Staff/Faculty Trip Leaders (1 from Queen's, 1 from Western)


You will spend time serving at a partner of Camp Restore, completing a variety of tasks, such as gardening and clean-up.  Your group will also partner with New Orleans and Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) on moderate to advanced construction work (no experience required) doing roofing, siding, nailing, drywalling, etc.  You may have the opportunity to talk with families that are receiving houses.

Other activities may include:

  • Museum Presbytere: Hurricane Katrina Exhibit
  • Tour of Preservation Hall, a jazz musical hall
  • Free time in the French Quarter
  • Tour of the Lower 9th Ward (most affected by Hurricane Katrina)
  • Dinner at a local restaurant

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the Queen’s Cares 2018-19 program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of social issues in New Orleans that impacted the Lower 9th Ward community pre, during and post-Hurricane Katrina
  • Describe the systemic barriers that affect the city of New Orleans and its residents


$1,200 CAD (subject to change)

Trip Cost Covers:

  • Bus Trip
  • Insurance (health, trip cancellation)
  • Registration and Program Fees with Camp Restore and New Orleans and Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Transportation in New Orleans
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (participants will be notified of the meals that will be provided and ones that they will need to purchase)
  • Administrative Fee (t shirt, team leader contribution, journal)

Note: Queen's Cares participants will be responsible for any souvenirs or additional food/snacks during the trip.

Medical Precautions

Participants must visit their family doctor or a travel clinic to ensure that their immunizations are up to date, and that there are no health concerns for travel. The cost of medical precautions is not included in Queen's Cares fees, and is the responsibility of the participant.

Sample Day

7:00-7:30 am Wake-up and Breakfast
7:30-8:00 am Travel to Habitat work site
8:00-8:30 am Morning Circle
8:30-4:00 pm Work at Habitat work site (includes lunch)
4:00-4:30 pm Travel to Accommodations
4:30-7:00 pm Dinner and Shower Time
7:00-8:30 pm Team Reflection
8:30-10:00 pm Recreation Time (games, movies, etc.)

*NOTE – Itinerary is subject to change at any point in time, as with all international travel


You will sleep in bunk beds in a dorm-like setting at Camp Restore. Sheets/sleeping bag, towels and pillow must be brought from home.

Need to Know

  • This experience is based outside Canada and involves travel through the U.S.A.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that they have the required travel visas necessary to participate in the experience.
  • We encourage students who are interested in this trip but may have accessibility requirements to contact us before applying so that we can discuss accommodations.