CSUSB’s TRACKS program will travel to the “Big Easy”, New Orleans for a week of service and learning. Our time will be spent volunteering and partnering with local nonprofits that assist the community in rebuilding. While progress has been made in the years since the levees breached during Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans still has a long way to go to fully recover from the storm. We will learn about New Orleans’ recovery and, when not working on service projects, experience the local cuisine, music, architecture and culture of this fantastic city.
Applicants must be a student in winter 2016 and spring 2017 with a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to apply and attend this program. Applicants have been selected for this program.
Rewarding Volunteer Service
• Youth Rebuild New Orleans
• ARC of Greater New Orleans - Mardi Gras Recycling
• and more
Cultural and Adventure Highlights
• Tour French Quarter
• Whitney Plantation Tour
• Levee Tour
• Louisiana Cooking Demonstration
• Katrina Museum
• Cemetery and Voodoo Tour
Round-Trip Airfare, Ground Transportation, 7 Nights Lodging, Most Meals, Activities Listed and Leaders.
Day 1 - Saturday
Meet at the CSUSB SRWC at 6:00am and depart for LAX for a 9:45am departure to New Orleans! We arrive in NOLA mid-afternoon and head to the French Quarter where we will have dinner and learn some of the history of the region. After dinner we will check-in to Camp Restore where will call home for the next 7 nights.
Day 2 - Sunday
Today we will spend the day exploring the French Quarter. After some beignets at Cafe du Monde we will take a Cemetery and Voodoo walking tour and learn of its history, culture and beliefs. After lunch on your own we will tour the Hurricane Katrina Exhibit and then tour the levee system. After dinner out on we will enjoy some live Jazz at a local club.
Day 3 - Monday
Our day will be spent volunteering for Youth Rebuild New Orleans where we will be help rebuild homes damaged by Katrina. We will take a lunch break and enjoy some world famous fried chicken before returning to work. We will have dinner at Camp Restore and reflect on our day.
Day 3 - Tuesday
We will begin by volunteer at one our favorite places from our last trip, ARC Mardi Gras Bead Recycling. After lunch we will take an Airboat tour of the region’s wetlands. We head back to Camp Restore for dinner and then back out to walk some dogs.
Day 4 - Wednesday
We will spend the day volunteering in the recovery form recent tornados that has affected over New Orleans. After a long day we will return to Camp Restore to clean up and prepare for a Jazz dinner cruise.
Day 5 - Thursday
We will volunteer today to help serve a Hot Meal at the New Orleans Mission. After lunch we will explore City Park where you can rent a kayak or bike and tour the New Orleans Museum of Art. We return to Camp Restore. After we freshen up we will go out to dinner the Ye Old College Inn and then head over to Rock and Bowl to knock down some pins and dance to some Zydeco.
Day 6 - Friday
We will volunteer today. For our final night we will eat dinner.
Day 7 - Saturday
After breakfast we will pack our bags and say goodbye to Camp Restore. We will then tour the Whitney Plantation, the only plantation in Louisiana to focus on slavery. After lunch we will head to the airport for our flight home. We should land around 642pm at LAX and be back to CSUSB at 9pm.
7 nights at Camp Restore
Depart LAX, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:45am
Arrive New Orleans at 3:44pm
Depart New Orleans, Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 4:45pm
Arrive LAX at 6:42pm
Baggage Information - Limit 1 checked bag and 1 carryon. $25 Baggage fee charged for checked bag each way.
$100 Payment Due December 1, 2016
$150 Payment Due January 11, 2017
$150 Payment Due February 1, 2017
(Cash, check and credit card payments made in person at the CSUSB SRWC)
Travel - Recreation - Adventure - Culture- Knowledge - Service
Funding for T.R.A.C.K.S. Service Trips is provided by ASI, the Office of Community Engagement, Pfau Library, and Recreation and Wellness. Students can attend one T.R.A.C.K.S. Alternative Break trip.
Sign Up Deadline: Sunday, October 30 at 1159pm