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Service Learning: Rebuilding Lives and Homes With Habitat for Humanity

Program Number: 15803RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/11/2013 - 3/16/2013; 3/23/2015 - 3/28/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Price starting at: $565.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Habitat for Humanity partners with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. Houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and no interest. Volunteers provide labor; individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor — “sweat equity” — into building their homes and homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving fund for Humanity to build more houses.




Highlights

• Work directly with Habitat for Humanity to help residents of Cajun Country rebuild their lives and homes.
• Complement your service work with a variety of speakers and field trips to experience the lively Acadian culture, including a visit to Martin Accordions to hear the Martin Family Band.
• Enjoy an evening of dining and dancing at a local dance hall/restaurant with live Cajun music.



Activity Particulars

Participants must be in good health, mobile and able to participate in 3-5 hours of physical activity per day.



Coordinated by University of Louisiana at Lafayette.




Lafayette

Two hours west-northwest of New Orleans, Lafayette is vibrant with Cajun and Creole culture. The city hosts a number of arts, music and food festivals dedicated to preserving the Louisiana Acadian spirit, celebrated in the upbeat tempos of Cajun music.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with fitness center and outdoor pool. Complimentary airport shuttle service.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Acadiana
  Lafayette, LA 5 nights
 Hotel Acadiana
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: In the heart of Cajun Country. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other tourist attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.
  Contact info: 1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508 USA
phone: 337-769-9408
web: www.thehotelacadiana.com
  Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 32" flat panel television,mini-fridge, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board. Microwave available upon request.
  Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Complimentary laundry facilities, 24 hour business center.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $65 Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769-9408
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $65 Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769-9408
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:30PM in the hotel meeting room for a welcome and orientation. You will be staying at Hotel Acadiana that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch on Saturday (by 1:00). You will be staying at Hotel Acadiana the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival. Valid photo ID such as driver's license. Signed waiver for Habitat for Humanity.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the program at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lafayette, LA
  Nearest highway: Lafayette is located at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 49.
  Nearest airport:  Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) featuring service with American Eagle, Continental, Delta, and Northwest Airlines.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lafayette, LA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lafayette

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
City/Dixie Cab
phone: 337-237-3333

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $10.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 5 miles

   

Taxi ride is at your own expense. Other cab companies include: Quality Cab Service: 337-235-8993 The hotel shuttle might be available, but airport transport gets first priority. Call the hotel to ask if shuttle is available at (337) 233-8120.

 

Lafayette

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-233-8120
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 5 miles

   

Please put expected arrival time on the Personal Information Form. Should the train be delayed, please notify the hotel (337 233-8120).

 

Lafayette

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-233-8120
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 3 miles

   

The Hotel Acadiana has airport transportation available. Please include your flight arrival information and your desire for a shuttle on the Personal Information Form. You may call the hotel a day or so before arrival to confirm your shuttle request if desired. Should your flight be delayed or your schedule changed in some way, please call the hotel to notify them.

 
Driving Directions
  I-10 traveling from east (Baton Rouge, LA) or west (Houston, TX) Driving in on I-10 west or I-10 east, take exit 103A onto Evangeline Thruway. Travel 3 miles, and turn right onto East Pinhook Road. Travel 1.9 miles to destination. Our hotel will be on the left.
  From the airport If you've rented a car at Lafayette Regional Airport, you will exit the airport parking lot, turning left onto Blue Blvd., then left onto Surrey Street. Get in the left lane so you can turn left onto Hwy. 90 (aka Evangeline Thruway). Once on Evangeline Thruway, get in the far right lane, and travel about half a mile, turning right onto Kaliste Saloom Road. Drive 1.2 miles down Kaliste Saloom, turn right on Pinhook. The Hotel Acadiana will be about 3/10 of a mile on the right at 1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
  I-49 traveling from north If you're coming in from north of Lafayette on I-49, I-49 becomes the Evangeline Thruway once you are south of I-10. Stay on the Evangeline Thruway, about 3 miles, and turn right on Pinhook Road. Travel 1.9 miles down Pinhook, and the Hotel Acadiana will be on the left, a little past the Bayou Vermilion bridge.
  US 90 from the south If you are traveling from the south on US 90 (which is the future I-49 corridor), Hwy. 90 becomes Evangeline Thruway. Turn left on Kaliste Saloom Road. Drive about 1.2 miles down Kaliste Saloom and turn right on Pinhook Road. Hotel Acadiana is about 3/10 of a mile on the right at 1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival at hotel; welcome and orientation
(Monday, March 11)
   
 Afternoon: Participants may check into the hotel after 2:00 pm. We will meet at 4:30 for the program orientation, going through the weekly itinerary and engaging in a fun local vocabulary lesson. Casual dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.
 Dinner: Included.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Work at the Habitat site; Film about the history of the Cajuns
(Tuesday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: Included.
 Morning: Travel to the Habitat site; work through the morning.
 Lunch: Box lunch on site.
 Afternoon: Continue to work at Habitat site.
 Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant TBA.
 Evening: Film - Against the Tide: The Story of the Cajun People in Louisiana
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Work at the Habitat site; Cajun Jam Session
(Wednesday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: Included.
 Morning: Morning spent at Habitat work site.
 Lunch: Box lunch on site.
 Afternoon: Continue work on site.
 Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant.
 Evening: Jam Session with local Cajun musicians.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Work at the Habitat site; Learn about local food traditions.
(Thursday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Included.
 Morning: Morning spent at Habitat work site.
 Lunch: Box lunch on site.
 Afternoon: Continue to work on site.
 Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant
 Evening: Class: Learn about local food traditions.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Work at the Habitat site; Dinner & dancing at Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant (formerly Mulate's).
(Friday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Included.
 Morning: Morning spent at Habitat work site.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue to work on site.
 Dinner: Included.
 Evening: Dinner and dancing at one of our most famous local restaurant / dance halls. Live Cajun music.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Swamp tour
(Saturday, March 16)
   
 Breakfast: Included
 Morning: Swamp tour! (This activity could be changed due to inclement weather.)
 Lunch: Departure after lunch (by 1:00).
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lafayette, LA Downtown Lafayette
Shops, live music, restaurants, art museums, planetarium For additional information, visit www.lafayettetravel.com/
  Heymann Performing Arts Center
1373 S. College Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503 For additional information, visit www.ticketmaster.com/venue/221705/
  University Art Museum
The University Art Museum's Permanent Collection consists of more than 1,500 works of art, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photographs. This collection represents 18th, 19th and 20th century Louisiana, as well as the United States, Europe and Japan. Hours of operation: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday and Monday - Closed Ticket prices: Adult $5 Senior Citizens $4 For additional information, visit www.louisiana.edu/UAM/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Cajun Country


Author: Barry Ancelet, Glen Pitre, Jay Edwards


Description: An insightful study of the people of south Louisiana. It examines their traditional culture and its impact on modern ways.



Founding of New Acadia: The Beginnings of Acadian Life in Louisiana, 1765-1803


Author: Carl A. Brasseaux


Scattered to the Wind: Dispersal and Wanderings of the Acadians, 1755-1809


Author: Carl A. Brasseaux


Description: The dispersal of the Acadian populationperhaps better known to historians as the Grand Drangementis unquestionably the pivotal event in Acadian history. Longfellow attempted to portray the tragic consequences of the deportation of the Acadian population from the Bay of Fundy Basic through his epic Evangeline, but the narrow focus of this work failed to convey the magnitude of the disruption and the resulting misery upon the Acadian population. Scholarly works dealing with the Acadian dispersal have also tended to focus on one group, or one aspect of this historical event. Scattered to the Wind fills the resulting need for an overview of the tragic episode, providing detailed accounts of the dispersal, Acadian life during the exile, the ensuing migrations, and the ultimate transplantation of various Acadian groups in widely separated geographic areas. Segments of the booklet examine the impact of the Grand Drangement, the dispersal, Acadians in each of the Eastern seaboard colonies, as well as post-dispersal Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Madawaska (Maine), England, France, Saint-Domingue, Martinique, French Guiana, the Falkland Islands, St. Pierre, Miquelon, and Louisiana. This short monograph also examines little known late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Acadian migrations to the lower Mississippi Valley. This fully documented narrative will provide engrossing reading for genealogists, history buffs, and anyone interested in Louisiana's Acadian heritage.





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