Student Experience Office

Student Experience Office
Student Experience Office

New Orleans

Community Partners


  • 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)


Depending on the needs of the community you could be working with Camp Restore completing a variety of tasks, such as gardening and clean-up. In addition we will spend 4 days working with Habitat for Humanity as construction volunteers. As a construction volunteer you are the foundation of the New Orleans and Area Habitat for Humanity homeownership program, often working alongside partner families. You will build the homes from the ground up and your workday will vary depending on the current needs of the affiliate. Your tasks will range from foundation work to building walls to painting to flooring. You could be building a new home or building a wheelchair ramp for a housebound, elderly homeowner. Almost every part of our home construction and repair process is done by volunteers, making the no-interest mortgage possible for partner families!


  • Learn about the rich history and culture of New Orleans.
  • Connect with Habitat partner families and learn about what homeownership means to them.
  • Explore 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

Ideal Participant

This experience does involve construction work and physical activity. If you are hard-working, optimistic, and open-minded then this is a great opportunity for you. If you would like a solid hands on working experience, love road trips and want to connect with students at another university this one is for you.


$1,200 CAD (subject to change)

Trip Cost Covers:

  • Bus Trip
  • Health Insurance
  • 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.

Preliminary Daily Itinerary

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.


Your meals during the program are included in the price but you will be responsible for any personal meals or snacks.

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.
  • 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.
  • If you require disability related accommodation, or have other special considerations, we encourage you to contact us before applying. We may require further information to determine how we can best meet your accommodation needs.