College Trip FAQs

What makes RHINO Special?

We’re a home-grown volunteer program, run by locals who are committed to the needs of the city and to making trips meaningful, fun, and memorable for volunteers. We work with fantastic community partners who are invested in creating a better city. We have a generous and kind community of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church members who strive to make volunteers feel at home by hosting groups at church and in private homes for dinners. And best of all, we’re in the heart of New Orleans. We’ve got the best jazz and blues music in the world, Creole and Cajun food, hundreds of local artists, great museums, and year-round events like free festivals. What more could you ask for?

What service opportunities are available?

We are dedicated to finding you meaningful service opportunities related to social justice issues our city faces including affordable housing, hunger and homelessness, human trafficking, environmental issues, natural disaster relief and recovery, and resistance and activism. We can plan service activities in one or multiple of these areas and can help you pair your service with local speakers, educators, tours, and cultural experiences.

What will our schedule be?

RHINO offers full and half-week options for our groups.  We have partnerships with nearly 20 unique service placements around the city to offer a variety of options for our groups. 

RHINO abides by the work hard, play hard philosophy Monday evening through Saturday morning. Typically, groups work together during the day, eat together at night, then get some evening time to rest or explore the city. Saturday offers an optional half-day of work, or groups can plan a “fun day” in the city.

Please reach out to our RHINO director for more information on schedule possibilities!

Where do we stay?

RHINO volunteers get a special deal at the Brent House Hotel.  At the Brent House, volunteers enjoy the clean, safe and comfortable accommodations of the Brent House pool, hot tub, and fitness center during their down time. Each room also comes equipped with a microwave and refrigerator for late night snacks.

We are also proud to partner with two local bunkhouses.  Please talk to our RHINO director about rates and accommodations for these bunkhouse options. 

All RHINO lodging options are 15-20 minutes away from most worksites

Does RHINO provide transportation?

All volunteers are expected to provide their own transportation.

What does RHINO cost?

The cost for our full-week program is $265 per volunteer, plus housing fees.  Our full week program is five service days and includes 5 lunches, 3 dinners, and any costs associated with service activities. 

Our half-week program is $190 per volunteer, plus housing fees.  The half-week program covers three service days and includes 3 lunches, 1 dinner, and any costs associated with service activities. 

Is there a limit to our group size?

We welcome groups with a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 40 volunteers during our regular RHINO season.  It’s recommended to bring as many people as you can because it’s always the more the merrier in New Orleans!

Do you host both religious groups and nonreligious groups?

Yes! RHINO welcomes all college groups regardless of religious of affiliation.