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?

We will help cater your schedule to fit the desires of the group. Whether that’s a half week or a full week of volunteering, groups work together during the day, eat together at night, then get some evening time to rest or explore the city.

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.

RHINO also partners with local volunteer bunkhouses if you are looking for another option.

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 program is $225 per volunteer for a week, plus a housing fee of $94 per night per room at the Brent House.  Rooms at The Brent House Hotel can accommodate up to four volunteers. Groups can request more rooms if they would prefer more space and privacy.  Please ask about the nightly rates of our bunkhouse partners.

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.