Service Trip FAQs

What makes RHINO special?

We’re a homegrown volunteer work program run by residents who are committed to the needs of the city and to making trips meaningful, fun, and memorable for volunteers. We work with fantastic local community partners who are as invested as we are 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 types of service will we perform as RHINO volunteers?

We offer construction and non-construction mission focused service project opportunities. We offer both half-week and week-long trips. From construction work on homes with Habitat For Humanity to helping create Mardi Gras favors with adults with developmental disabilities – we let you decide where your passion is in rebuilding hope and improving lives!

What does it 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. 

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 a local bunkhouse.  Please talk to our RHINO director about rates and accommodations for the bunkhouse option. 

Both RHINO lodging options are 15-20 minutes away from most work sites.

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 St. Charles Ave Presbyterian Church and church member’s homes. The Brent House has two well-priced cafeterias, both of which offer breakfast options. HandsOn Bunkhouse also supplies breakfast.  

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.
  • Al volunteers must have personal health insurance while they are serving with RHINO.
Is there a limit to 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!

Does RHINO provide transportation?

All volunteers are expected to provide their own transportation. New Orleans’ public transportation system is quickly improving, but it does not yet support the schedule our RHINOs keep.

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!

When do we arrive and depart?

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

Do you host non-religious groups, too?

Yes! RHINO welcomes church groups, college groups, family groups — anyone interested in serving the New Orleans community.