College Trip FAQs

Does RHINO provide meals?

Yes! RHINO provides dinners and lunches included in your trip fees. The half-week trips have 3 lunches & 1 dinner; the full-week trips have 5 lunches and 3 dinners. We host dinner at our church (St. Charles Ave Presbyterian Church) and residents’ homes.

Does RHINO provide transportation?

All volunteers are expected to provide their own transportation.

Where do we stay?

RHINO has two housing options: The Brent House Hotel and Annunciation Episcopal’ s bunk house. Both are 15-20 minutes away from most worksites.

Our RHINO 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.

At Annunciation Episcopal, volunteers can expect a bunk house style of housing. Linens and towels are included in the housing fees.

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. Saturday offers an optional half-day of work, or groups can plan a “fun day” in the city.

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 or $25 per person per night at Annunciation Episcopal. 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.

When do we arrive and depart?

Trips are customizable based on the travel schedule the group would prefer.

Do you host both church groups and nonreligious groups?

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

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?

Is there an age requirement? Or other requirements?
  • RHINO welcomes all volunteers over 14 years!
  • If you have specific health concerns, please speak with your doctor prior to making a reservation.
  • All volunteers must have have personal health insurance while they are serving with RHINO.
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 you bring as many people as you can, because it’s always the more the merrier in New Orleans!