Community Initiatives

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Coordinator | Nicole
Coordinator | Nicole
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High­lights

Soak up the atmosphere in fantastic New Orleans!
Participate on a worthwhile program working towards income equality
Help low-income families attain better access to resources
Assist with the distribution of food amongst those in need
Feel the vibe and meet the locals on a genuine volunteer experience in the USA.
Based in the vibrant city of New Orleans this community focused program works on to bring secure housing, safe environments and basic resources to all residents. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Love Volunteers are needed on this inspiring community development program, focusing on the real needs of the forgotten communities of New Orleans, those suffering from marginalization and neglect. 

While the USA is seen by many as a land of opportunity and wealth, the sad reality is that many who call this country home suffer from income inequality, housing insecurity and a lack of basic resources. This project aims to address these issues by supporting local organisations striving to assist low-income families and the un-housed populace. 

This program is perfect for volunteers who are passionate about equality and willing to work on a variety of tasks aimed at achieving the program's ultimate goal: to create thriving, vibrant and safe communities with equal opportunities and resources for all residents. 

How you can help

More than ever volunteers are needed to assist local organizations in their work with vulnerable communities. In this ever changing world the challenges are multiple and often unpredictable. Volunteers on this essential program will gain an insight into the issues faced by these communities and will play a part in combating these challenges and empowering individuals to be active in their community.  

Volunteers will be matched with local initiatives based on skill-sets, preferences and the needs existing at the time of placement. The program partners with various organizations running a diverse range of projects and the work undertaken by each volunteer is meaningful and beneficial to the communities served. Placements may be with food banks, homeless shelters, donation warehouses, schools and community centres.  

Volunteer work will vary depending on the projects being undertaken and may include:

  • Assisting in food distribution, for example serving meals and packing grocery boxes
  • Sorting donations of food, clothing or household goods
  • Assisting local homeless shelters
  • Working with local groups to clean and beautify communal spaces

Typical day

Volunteers on this program can expect to work for around 3 - 5 hours per day, 4 or 5 days a week, typically Monday through Friday. When not volunteering participants are free to enjoy this vibrant city! 

Volunteer schedules depend on the needs of the organization at the time of the placement but a typical day is likely to look something like this: 

7:00am Breakfast at the Hostel

8:15am Travel to the project site

8:45am Pre-start meeting with the program coordinator

9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

Lunch is taken at midday at an eatery near to the project site

2:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

Exact finishing times will depend on the specific project.

2:15pm De-brief with the project coordinator

Afternoons and evenings are free time to enjoy the delights of New Orleans. 

Free-time activities

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 see what it means to be a NOLA local.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV, Emergency Contact and Police Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over (17 with parental consent) who wish to help create a brighter future for people living in marginalized communities of the USA. While this program best suits those with an interest in social equality it is open to anyone with 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!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 14:00

What's Included

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation 
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

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

    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 hot water showers, air-conditioning/heating, free Wi-fi, recreational facilities, meeting rooms and communal areas. Linens are available to rent for a small fee.

    Youth Hostel
    Food & Beverages
    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!
    Internet Access
    Good access at the project site
    What's NOT included?
    Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
    Flight Tickets
    The nearest airport is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) in New Orleans. We assist you to find cheap flights to United States.
    Travel Insurance
    Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for United States provides security and is a plus to have.
    Vaccines
    If you are intending to volunteer in United States you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for United States.

    Dates & Fees

    NO CREDIT CARD FEES

    Details on arrival

    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.


    Availability
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Duration
    1 - 12 weeks

    Program fees

    Costs: Prices in USD
    1 week (min. stay)
    $898
    2 weeks
    $1,368
    3 weeks
    $1,788
    4 weeks
    $2,228
    6 weeks
    $2,958
    8 weeks
    $3,758
    12 weeks (max. stay)
    $5,168
    Average fees
    $664 /week

    Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
    Deposit (15%)
    The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
    Final Payment (85%)
    Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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    Community Initiatives

    Based in the vibrant city of New Orleans this community focused program works on to bring secure housing, safe environments and basic resources to all residents.

    $664/week

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