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Alternative Breaks Heads to New Orleans

View photos from this year's Alternative Breaks trip in Louisiana
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Last month, a group of 11 students journeyed to New Orleans, Louisiana to participate in various community-service projects, explore historic sights and landmarks and learn about civic leadership.

Featured below are some photo highlights from the Alternative Breaks program, which was led by the newly established Community Engagement Collective and coordinated by the Center for Community Engagement. View more photos on Flickr.

Alternative Breaks 2022 students

In partnership with the nonprofit HandsOn, student participated in several neighborhood beautification projects in areas that are still recovering from hurricane damage. Among their many activities, they helped build an outdoor stage at an urban garden owned by Karl Washington, a mentor, coach, community leader and activist who has spearheaded the renewed spirit of the Sampson Park and Playground as well as the surrounding community.

AB students in NOLA

Students pause for a snapshot while touring the city. Along the way, they visited a historical African American site in Belle Chasse, a region that was impacted by Hurricane Ida last August. Throughout their trip, they learned about the effects of systemic racism in areas that have been deeply impacted by hurricanes and floods.

AB students exploring NOLA

While touring the Crescent City, the students visited the Black-owned art exhibit Studio Be, enjoyed a Preservation Hall jazz show and participated in an architecture tour around the Garden District.

Alternative Breaks students walking on bridge

Students wave hello as they make their way to their neighborhood beautification project.

Students dining in NOLA

No trip to New Orleans is complete without a visit to the local beignet shop!

students on ferry in NOLA
Visit the Center for Community Engagement website for more information about Alternative Breaks and other community service opportunities.