New Orleans, Louisiana
Saturday, December 9th - Saturday, December 16th, 2017
The Santa Clara NOLA immersion group will spend most of the week working with St. Bernard Project (SBP) on reconstructing homes that were impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Service projects with the SBP range from construction, mold remediation, drywall hanging, completion of finishing touches on a home, and everything in between. The group will also learn about the effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, as well as other issues impacting the community; through meetings with a variety of organizations and local leaders, who have worked tirelessly to respond to the needs of the community, students will encounter and learn about everyday people-their hopes, dreams, and plans for rebuilding their communities. We will consider the role that race and class played in the hurricane evacuation process, as well as in the city planning for New Orleans. The group will also visit Whitney Plantation, the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery, gaining invaluable insight through museum exhibits, memorial artwork and restored buildings, and hundreds of first-person slave narratives. Additionally, throughout the week students will have the opportunity to experience the beautiful and unique culture of New Orleans, such as touring the French quarter, eating at local restaurants, and attending a jazz concert downtown.