Alternative Breaks Program

Disaster Relief and Housing Rehabilitation (New Orleans, LA)


Elon University has been sending students to work with various organizations in New Orleans many times a year since Hurricane Katrina. This program, offered during Spring Break, immerses participants in the rich culture and history of New Orleans and allows them to be an integral part of rebuilding the city.

Participants can expect to do a variety of work, including demolition, painting, carpentry, and other construction. You will work alongside staff and community members and have a chance to hear about their experience during the storm and afterwards. These conversations are often the most impactful part of the experience for participants, as it truly illuminates the struggles and suffering the city residents experienced.

While in New Orleans, you will have the opportunity to explore the city, visit the Katrina Museum, and eat some of the famous food of the city!

Since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005, Elon and a variety of community agencies have helped the city bounce back. Our community partner tackles the issues of blight and teacher retention by rebuilding and restoring damaged and foreclosed homes and selling them at low cost to local teachers. Come join us in restorative construction work and exploring the wonderful city of New Orleans!


The program cost is $600 and will include all costs for transportation, housing, food, and program fees. All participants might need is personal spending money.


If you would like additional information about this program, please contact us.