New Orleans

Gulf Coast

Restoring and Rebuilding

Spend two weeks in the Gulf Coast region of the U.S. doing work rebuilding houses and communities after Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, and the BP oil spill. We will work with Project Homecoming, a nonprofit organization that is committed to helping those who are not covered by traditional means of recovery. Project Homecoming supports and nurtures the development of sustainable communities. 

While the main focus is on clean up, repair and rebuilding homes, this service touches lives and nurtures hope, faith and wholeness. Work will include repairs of damaged homes as well as building new homes for displaced families.  There is also a significant educational component of this experience as we will learn about the political, social and economic implications of the natural disasters the Gulf Coast has experienced. And, during the weekends and evenings, we will immerse ourselves in the dynamic and diverse culture of New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast region.  Be prepared to fall in love with NOLA – its people and its culture! 

So, join with other Bluffton students and staff in this service experience to understand the impacts of disasters on the most vulnerable by listening to stories of survivors and being a part of the response that seeks to rebuild homes and restore lives.


Dates and costs (preliminary estimateS)
Date: May 16-31, 2016
Program fee: $1,400
Leader: TBD
14 students

Elaine Suderman, Asst. Director of Cross-cultural Programs
Cross-cultural Program Office
College Hall second floor