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Volunteer in the USA

Volunteer in USA with International Volunteer HQ on a wide range of New Orleans volunteer projects, including Environmental Sustainability, Youth Support, Community Development and Construction and Renovation. Volunteers are based in New Orleans with placements located throughout the city. With low volunteer program fees and top rated volunteer projects, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organization in the USA.
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A quick look at volunteering in the USA…

  • Volunteer trips in USA are available year-round with start dates every Monday
  • Choose from 4 meaningful volunteer project options
  • Volunteer opportunities based in New Orleans in the state of Louisiana
  • Volunteers stay in dormitory style accommodation
  • Between 1 and 10 volunteers start in New Orleans each month
  • Program fees from US$520 (approximately CA$705) for 1 week
  • Included in your USA volunteer trip: airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 support in the USA
It was a great experience! I learned a lot volunteering in a new part of the country and got to know the community in a way I otherwise would not have.
Kathleen Hogan
Nationality: American
Age: 53
Destination: USA - New Orleans

Volunteer opportunities in the United States

Community Development in New Orleans
Community Development volunteer in USA with IVHQ
Supports community development
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
Help a range of community initiatives providing assistance to vulnerable people in a range of ways. Volunteers can assist in food banks, homeless shelters, warehouses, churches or farmer’s markets.
Suited to:
Active volunteers College students Solo travelers

Community Development in

Many organizations in New Orleans provide important support to vulnerable people in a range of ways. Volunteers on the Community Development project help to contribute to these worthy causes in order to boost their resources and enable them to make as big an impact as possible.

Community volunteers in New Orleans operate in the heart of disadvantaged communities and on worthy causes that aim to directly benefit the lives of those who rely on such causes for food, shelter, clothing and other necessities.

Community Development volunteering in the USA with IVHQ

Volunteers can assist in a range of ways, depending on where the need is greatest. You could be placed in a warehouse, homeless shelter, food bank, church or farmer’s market to provide targeted support wherever it’s needed. Your tasks can range from serving meals to sorting donated food, clothing or household goods, packing grocery boxes and helping organizations to clean and beautify their spaces.

This is a perfect project for caring volunteers with a passion for helping disadvantaged people and communities. You know you will be making a tangible contribution to a worthy cause and having a direct impact to better the lives of people who can often feel marginalized by society, but are exceedingly grateful for the support they receive.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Help locals working to provide support and assistance to disadvantaged communities
  • Get involved in a number of tasks based on what’s important at the time
  • Suited to enthusiastic volunteers who like working with others on grass-roots projects
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
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United States at a glance
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    Our project options
    Community Development Construction and Renovation Environmental Sustainability Youth Support
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    Construction and Renovation in New Orleans
    Volunteer on the Construction and Renovation project in USA with IVHQ
    Supports community development
    4-8 hours per day
    Hands on volunteer work
    For those with an appetite for physical work, help local building and renovation projects on worthy community initiatives.
    Suited to:
    Active volunteers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Spring break College students

    Construction and Renovation in

    For those wanting a hands-on role helping to build and renovate homes for those in need, look no further! The Construction and Renovation project operates in communities that need revitalization, helping to construct, repair and modernize shelters and other buildings to benefit the people who live there.

    Volunteer construction work is much more involved than on some other projects, with full days of making rewarding improvements through building, renovating, painting, restoration, carpentry and landscaping on a range of different building sites. This can require daily commutes and some longer travel times, as your contribution will be targeted toward initiatives that have the greatest need at the time.

    Construction and Renovation volunteer in USA with IVHQ

    This project is ideal for volunteers who enjoy physical work and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. You don’t need prior construction or renovation experience to participate as you will be working alongside qualified local supervisors.

    This project has an additional cost of US$65 (approximately CA$90) per week for the extra materials, logistics and supervision involved. This amount will be included in the program fee quoted to you when you apply. Volunteers on this project should bring work boots, sturdy clothing and work gloves, though these can be purchased in New Orleans if necessary.

    Project Highlights
    What you need to know
    • Help with renovation and maintenance projects around New Orleans
    • Assist with building, renovating, painting, restoration, carpentry and landscaping
    • Suited to volunteers who enjoy physical work and using their hands
    • Additional $50 per week surcharge for the extra materials, logistics and supervision involved
    • Volunteer for up to 8 hours per day
    Destination Highlights
    United States at a glance
      Also available in United States
      Our project options
      Community Development Construction and Renovation Environmental Sustainability Youth Support
      Other programs you might like
      Our programs in North America
      Mexico USA All North America
      Environmental Sustainability in New Orleans
      Environmental Sustainability volunteers in USA with IVHQ
      Conserves the environment
      4-5 hours volunteering per day
      Hands-on volunteer experience
      Assist on a range of community-based sustainability initiatives including in gardens, parks and warehouses that all aim to better the local environment.
      Suited to:
      Independent travelers Spring Break Gap year First time volunteers

      Environmental Sustainability in

      Environmental support initiatives are increasingly popular the world over and can make a genuine difference in helping green spaces to thrive. These causes help not only the local ecosystem where they operate, but they serve to beautify communities and enrich the lives of those who live there by providing pleasant natural areas.

      The Environmental Sustainability project takes a multi-faceted approach to doing this by focusing on sustainability, recycling and environmental education initiatives.

      Environmental Sustainability volunteering in the USA with IVHQ

      Environmental volunteers can expect to work in community gardens, public parks, recycling warehouses or urban farms to assist sustainability initiatives. Your duties will vary depending on the organization you are placed with and their specific focus at the time, but you could be involved in a range of tasks including planting trees, removing invasive species, sorting and recycling housing materials, building urban trails and maintaining drainage areas.

      If you like getting your hands dirty, working in nature and are passionate about environmental sustainability efforts, this is the project for you!

      It’s important to note this project predominantly involves working outside and you should keep this in mind for the time of year you are choosing to volunteer. You should come prepared for the seasonal weather and be particularly aware that summer in New Orleans can be very hot.

      Project Highlights
      What you need to know
      • Help on a range of environmental initiatives in a hands-on way
      • Assist with recycling, improving green spaces and community education programs
      • Suited to nature-loving volunteers with a flexible approach to helping where it’s most needed
      • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
      Destination Highlights
      United States at a glance
        Also available in United States
        Our project options
        Community Development Construction and Renovation Environmental Sustainability Youth Support
        Other programs you might like
        Our programs in North America
        Mexico USA All North America
        Youth Support in New Orleans
        Youth Support volunteer in USA with IVHQ
        Supports community development
        3-5 hours volunteering per day
        Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
        Help local organizations working with young people from disadvantaged communities by providing tutoring and structured activities to foster positive development.
        Suited to:
        Active volunteers Teachers College students Solo travelers

        Youth Support in

        New Orleans is a city that’s known for its colorful character, and much of this is the result of artistic expression from those living in fringe communities. However, the people that can be so influential in shaping the city also need support, especially in the vulnerable teenage years.

        Volunteer youth workers support disadvantaged children and teens through education, providing safe spaces for learning, development and expanding horizons. These programs are designed to help support young people and encourage them to develop positively, while teaching them valuable skills for adulthood.

        Youth Support volunteering in the USA with IVHQ

        You’ll be placed in a school, community center or church to help facilitate programs and assist them in preparing to host young people. Tasks can include providing supervision, tutoring and positive interactions for the youth at these centers. Not all volunteer tasks will involve working directly with young people, and you can also expect to help these organizations by beautifying spaces, re-organizing classrooms, preparing materials, cleaning, painting and other important administrative support tasks.

        The Youth Support project in New Orleans is well suited to volunteers who are passionate about helping young people to fulfil their potential, and willing to help lay the foundations in order for that to happen.

        Project Highlights
        What you need to know
        • Help locals working to provide support and assistance to disadvantaged communities
        • Provide support, education and fun and encourage positive development
        • Suited to active volunteers who enjoy mentoring young people
        • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
        Destination Highlights
        United States at a glance
          Also available in United States
          Our project options
          Community Development Construction and Renovation Environmental Sustainability Youth Support
          Other programs you might like
          Our programs in North America
          Mexico USA All North America
          • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in United States to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
          • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in United States will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
          • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
          • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
          • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
          • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
          • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore United States with your new-found friends.

          How to get started

          Pick a destination + project and apply for free
          Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
          Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
          Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!