Four years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and the area still greatly needs our help. New Orleans, which is still hurting from the storm, is very much in need of volunteers. With their focus on construction, legal issues, advocacy through media, technology, police corruption, hunger and homelessness, the organization Common Ground Relief accepts volunteers of all skill types and levels.
Volunteer housing is dorm-style, and most meals are provided in residential areas directly in the Lower Ninth Ward. Volunteers can work for any amount of time they wish and will receive room and board for a minimal sum.
Read a firsthand account of volunteering in New Orleans on PeterGreenberg.com.
Back to Nature
The Student Conservation Association offers summer programs through National Conservation Crews for high school students ages 15 to 19. Crews range from six to eight students and at least one leader who work on trails and in national parks. Participants gain valuable outdoor leadership knowledge, such as how to filter water and even dig a backcountry latrine.
Programs take place in different locations in all 50 states, running anywhere from 15 to 35 days. For those 18 and older, the SCA also offers internships that can last anywhere from three to 12 months and has opportunities in various service fields.
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