New Orleans Trip 2018 (Upper School)

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New Orleans Trip Photo Gallery
New Orleans Video

Trip Purpose:  This trip is a two-week service learning experience emphasizing volunteer activities and community involvement. Projects include rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina; restoring wetlands; and working with various local partners. Students learn about regional history and a diverse socio-economic culture through a broad variety of experiences, including maritime research, cultural tours, and community events. Students earn 80 hours of community service.

New Orleans Summer Service Trip: July 7 – 22, 2018

Trip Leaders: Stacie Cone (206-676-6828,, Jeff Budke, Melinda Mueller

Trip Meeting: Join us at the New Orleans trip information meeting on October 19 at 7 PM in the STREAM Building. Attendance at this meeting is recommended but not required to sign up. Please see item #5 for sign-up instructions.

Itinerary: Trip is sixteen days from July 7 – 22

  • Saturday: travel day
  • Sunday: tour the Living with Hurricanes exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum
  • Monday – Friday: rebuilding homes
  • Saturday: bicycle tour of Lower Ninth Ward and French Quarter
  • Sunday: visit the French Quarter
  • Monday: visit the Whitney Plantation
  • Tuesday – Friday: wetland restoration projects
  • Friday: dinner and music
  • Saturday: swamp tour
  • Sunday: travel day/return home

Cost: $2200.00. The trip cost includes airfare, transportation, food, and lodging. Students may bring spending money (pre-paid debit card recommended).

Financial Aid: It is the school’s goal that every student should have the option of participating in at least one SAAS trip. Financial aid is available to families in support of this goal. To request aid for a trip, fill out the Trip Financial Aid Form. Please send your completed form to Erin Aitchison ( by October 30, 2017.

Sign-ups are open until October 30, 2017: To sign up you may submit a $500 deposit (payable to Seattle Academy) ATTN: Stacie Cone/New Orleans. This trip is open to all upper school students currently enrolled and in good behavioral standing. If more students sign up than spaces available, we will hold a lottery, though we will seek some gender and age balance.  If there are still open spaces after October 30, then we will accept applicants in the order in which they submit their deposit.  Deposits are nonrefundable after November 21, 2017. PLEASE NOTE: You will receive a confirmation email that your deposit was received and student is on our sign-up list. If you don’t receive this email we may not have you on the list!
A minimum of 18 students must sign up for the trip and pay a deposit by October 30 to ensure the trip is feasible.

Payment Schedule:
$500 deposit due by October 30 (to be held until November 10 and then deposited or returned/shredded)
$500 payment due by February 1
$600 payment due by April 1
$600 Remaining payment due by June 1
Families who wish may pay the entire fee prior to June 1.

Refund Policy: Students have until November 21, 2017 to receive a full refund.

Physical Requirements: Moderate. We will be doing physical work both indoors and out in hot and humid weather. Work days are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include a lunch break. Students can work at a pace and/or task that is comfortable for them.

Gear: A gear list will be supplied to all participants prior to the trip. It will include basic supplies such as work gloves and sturdy shoes. Tools will be supplied on the work site.

Service Credit: Students receive between 80 hours of service credit at the completion of this trip (final award of hours at the discretion of the trip leaders).

Behavior and Expectations: To ensure the highest level of safety for the group, all students will sign a contract indicating they accept the rules and expectations for behavior on the trip. Any student who violates this contract may be asked to fly home at his or her expense. Students will work in construction areas around heavy tools and equipment and are expected to follow safety guidelines. All students are required to have a parent or guardian sign a permission forms for partner organizations prior to the trip.

Risks Involved with this Trip: Safety is our top priority. Students and their families are encouraged to have a serious discussion prior to the trip regarding personal accountability and the importance of following health and safety rules set by trip leaders. Students use various power tools on project sites, including, but not limited to: power drills, table and/or shop saw, circular saw, nail gun, gas powered edger, and gas powered lawn mower. Wetland projects may include transportation via boat, working in deep mud and brackish swamp areas. We may have recreational swimming opportunities such as swimming in ocean waters with surf and tides. Our cultural bike tour includes bicycle travel on city streets shared with motorists. Students live and work in neighborhoods that include natural risks and hazards including insects, alligators, snakes, rivers, and canals.

Trip Insurance: Travel insurance for the New Orleans trip is not required, but is encouraged. Information regarding insurance costs (less than $50) and coverage is available at the Travel Guard website:


Rebuilding Homes with Habitat for Humanity

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Exploring the Bayou