Renovate a house damaged by Katrina

Family Vacation Luxury voluntourism

On the morning of Monday, August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall.  The most severe loss of life occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as the levee system catastrophically failed.

Eventually 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks.

At least 1,836 people lost their lives in the hurricane and in the subsequent floods. Total damage was $81 billion.

Ten years on, re-building work continues, and lives are still dislocated.

You can play a part in helping the largely neglected, lower-income areas be restored, by assisting in the renovation and refurbishment of houses – beautifying them and restoring community pride.

The people of New Orleans are among the friendliest you will find anywhere, and spending time getting to know them through your volunteering is sure to be a highlight you will treasure.

In addition, the city itself is full of architectural and cultural treasures, which your local guide will be only too pleased to show you.

Accommodation in New Orleans

luxury volunteering The Roosevelt

The grand dame of the New Orleans hotel scene, this elegant and historic property was closed for many years but reopened with some swagger, much to the delight of visitors and locals alike. The Sazerac Bar is an institution, and the rooms are traditional and assuredly sophisticated.

luxury volunteering Soniat House

A real taste of New Orleans, secreted behind some anonymous walls in the French Quarter. Converted cottages now have traditional and incredibly charming rooms, and every morning your butler will deliver the most incredible, freshly made biscuits and jams. The courtyard is ideal for a pre-dinner aperitif.

luxury volunteering Omni Royal Orleans

The Omni Royal Orleans is in the French Quarter with antique shops are directly outside the hotel. Nearby attractions include Jackson Square St. Louis Cathedral the French Market and Cafe du Monde. There is a rooftop fitness center, outdoor heated pool, observation deck and several dining options including the Rib Room restaurant. There are 346 […]

luxury volunteering Monteleone

Famous in New Orleans history for hosting many a great writer, this evocative property overlooks the French Quarter with style. The Carousel Bar actually does rotate (slowly), and the rooms are large and plush. The pool is one of the city’s best escapes in the hot summers.

luxury philanthropic travel

A rockstar New Orleans bolthole that’s discreet and exclusive. The design is industrial-chic, and the loft-style rooms are large and minimalist. The penthouse especially is the last word in urban decadence, and the design features, from the oversized lamps to the achingly fashionable décor, are all delightful.

New Orleans

Nicknamed the “Big Easy, “New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico.  It’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, Creole cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and public partying.

This is where you can help renovate a home still in need of repair post-Katrina: restore the home so that the family can move in and take a large step in getting their lives back together.