New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is one of America’s most artistic, soulful and tasty cities. For more than 300 years, New Orleans has been a gumbo of people from diverse backgrounds, races, and cultural traditions, which has made it an international tourist destination. But behind Bourbon Street and the other tourist attractions is a real city, still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina over 12 years ago. You’ll get to see all of it, and have plenty of fun along the way!


For the past 12 years, Break A Difference has been on the ground in New Orleans,working with local partners on the long term process of recovery and rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina. And while the media’s focus has shifted to more recent natural disasters, Break A Difference and thousands of Break’rs have made a long term commitment to the people of NOLA. Break’rs will provide direct service to those still struggling, through work in food banks and soup kitchens. And we’ll work on renovating after school centers, recreation facilities and community gardens and parks. girls-photos


$580 covers ALL COSTS for your week long break, including housing, three meals a day, all local transportation, all volunteer supplies and tools, and exploring the community. We also offer every participant a personal fundraising site, and assistance crowd-sourcing the costs of your trips.


While days vary based on location, and some days are half days with time off to explore the local community, this is our typical schedule.
  • 7:00
  • 8:15
  • 9:00
  • Breakfast
  • Pre-Service Team Meeting
  • Volunteer Service
  • Noon
  • 1:00
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer Service
  • 6:00
  • 7:00
  • 8:00
  • 10:30
  • Post-Service Team Meeting
  • Dinner
  • Town Hall / Leadership Training
  • Lights Out


Breakrs will be house in a bunkhouse at Camp Restore, a non-profit partner of Break A Difference with facilities in three communities to house, feed and welcome volunteers who are rebuilding after disasters. Meals are cooked by Chef Lorraine, a New Orleans native eager to share her home cooking with volunteers.


While every Break’r is responsible for their own travel to and from New Orleans, we provide pick up and drop off from these three transportation hubs, as well as providing all on-the-ground transportation during the entire week. New Orleans is served by: Airports: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) Bus Stations: New Orleans Station Amtrak: New Orleans Station And for individuals or groups that wish to drive, we provided a gated parking lot for any cars or vans parking during the entire week.

code of conduct

To ensure a safe and respectful experience for everyone – Breakers, staff, team leaders and partners – we expect everyone to conduct themselves with the highest degree of respect and maturity. All Break A Difference programs are drug and alcohol free, and a culture of respect for all differences is strictly maintained.

Thank you for this unique and amazing experience. I wish it could have lasted longer.

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