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Service Learning: Rebuilding Lives and Homes With Habitat for Humanity

Program Number: 15803RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/24/2014 - 3/29/2014; 3/23/2015 - 3/28/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Price starting at: $679.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 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
   Hilton Lafayette
  Lafayette, LA 3 nights
 Hilton Lafayette
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: In the heart of Cajun Country, set on the banks of the Vermilion River. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.
  Contact info: 1521 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70503 USA
phone: 800-445-8667
web: www.Lafayette.Hilton.com
  Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 37" flat panel television, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, 24 hour fitness room, 24 hour business center.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $89 two double beds, $99 king Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. Call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist, who is available Monday through Friday, 9 - 5 Central time, and the number is not toll free. 337 235-6111. Tell them you are with Road Scholar.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $89 two double beds, $99 king Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. Call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist, who is available Monday through Friday, 9 - 5 Central time, and the number is not toll free. 337 235-6111. Tell them you are with Road Scholar.
  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 Hilton Lafayette that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast on Saturday, which is served from 6:30 - 10:00 You will be staying at Hilton Lafayette 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, Delta, and United Airlines.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lafayette, LA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lafayette

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-235-6111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 3 miles

   

The Hilton has airport transportation available. Please include your flight arrival information on the Personal Information Form. Call the Hilton ahead of time at 337 235-6111 to arrange pickup. Should your flight be delayed or your schedule changed in some way, please call the hotel to notify them.

 

Lafayette

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-235-6111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

no charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 3 miles

   

Please include expected arrival time on your Personal Information Form. Arrange transport ahead of time, call (337) 235-6111. If arriving at an unexpected time and need taxi service, call City/Dixie Cab Service at 337-237-3333 or Quality Cab Service @ 337-235-8993. Cost approximately $10 at your expense.

 

Lafayette

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-235-6111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 3 miles

   

Please put expected arrival time on the Personal Information Form. Arrange shuttle pickup ahead of time by calling the Hilton at 337 235-6111. Should the train be delayed, please notify the hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  I-10 traveling from east (Baton Rouge, LA) or west (Houston, TX) From I-10: take the I49/Highway 90/SW Evangeline Thwy South exit. (Exit 103A) Head south for about 3.5 miles and turn right on Pinhook. Lafayette Hilton is 1.5 miles on your left. (1521 W. Pinhook Rd.)
  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. Cross US Highway 90 (US-90) at the light. Surrey Street becomes University Avenue. Cross under railraod overpass. Turn left on Pinhook Road. The Hilton hotel is about 1.5 miles down Pinhook Rd., on the left. (1521 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 (and Hwy 90) once you are south of I-10. Stay on the Evangeline Thruway, about 3.5 miles, and turn right on Pinhook Road. Travel 1.5 miles down Pinhook, and the Hilton will be on the left. (1521 W. Pinhook Rd.)
  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. The Hilton is about 1/2 a mile on the right at 1521 W. Pinhook Rd, past the bridge.
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 24)
   
 Afternoon: Participants may check into the hotel after 3:00 pm. We will meet at 4:30 for the program orientation, going through the weekly itinerary and engaging in a fun local vocabulary lesson. Great start to the program, not to be missed!
 Dinner: Gumbo dinner at the hotel at 6:30.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Lafayette
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Work at the Habitat site; Learn about local food traditions.
(Tuesday, March 25)
   
 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: Hilton Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Work at the Habitat site; Swamp Tour; Dinner & dancing at Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant (formerly Mulate's).
(Wednesday, March 26)
   
 Breakfast: Included.
 Morning: Morning spent at Habitat work site.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue to work on site for short period. Field trip to take a swamp tour (weather permitting).
 Dinner: Included.
 Evening: Dinner and dancing at one of our most famous local restaurant / dance halls. Live Cajun music.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Departure after breakfast, which is available from 6:30 - 10:00.
(Thursday, March 27)
   
 Breakfast: Included
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lafayette, LA Acadian Village
Museum of authentic Acadian homes. Located on the grounds of Acadian Village are eight authentic Acadian houses dating back to 1800. There is a recreation of a General Store that was the main gathering place for the community. Onsite is a replica of a Chapel, the floor of the Chapel was made with long leaf pine that is over 200 years old. The reproduction of the Blacksmith Shop was built with weather-beaten, aged cypress boards. The shop is complete with original tools used by the blacksmith years ago. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed for major holidays. For additional information, visit www.acadianvillage.org
  Lafayette Science Museum and Planetarium
The Museum exists to encourage the discovery and understanding of the natural world, the universe, and the role of humans within them. Hours of Operation Monday - Closed Tuesday thru Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission Charges Adults - $5.00 Seniors (65 or older) - $3.00 Children - $2.00 For additional information, visit www.lafayettesciencemuseum.org
  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 - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday - 9:00 to Noon Saturday - 10:00 - 5:00 Sunday and Monday - Closed. Ticket prices: Adult $5. Senior Citizens $4. For additional information, visit www.museum.louisiana.edu
  Zoo of Acadiana
Hours of operation are from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, January to November. (Closed major holidays) Winter Hours: December Only 9:00 - 4:00 Safari of Lights: 5:00 - 9:00 *weather permitting* Admission cost: $9.25* for adults $8.25* for senior citizens 55 and older *plus tax. For additional information, visit www.zooofacadiana.org
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.



Cajun Music: Its Origins and Development


Author: Barry Jean Ancelet


Description: Author Barry Ancelet examines the multicultural and multiracial origins of Cajun music, the major figures in the music's development and the circumstances which caused these diverse musical strains to fuse into the the culture's present musical repertoire. Ancelet also traces the evolution of the traditional French ballads that the Acadian settlers took with them to Canada and the songs that the Acadians sang during their years of exile, as well as describes the new musical influences that were encountered in Louisiana.



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


Author: Carl A. Brasseaux


Inherit the Atchafalaya


Author: Greg Guirard & Ray Brassieur


Description: Greg Guirard's stunning photographs, fascinating text by Ray Brassieur, woven together to tell the rich history of the Acadians.



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.



Stir the Pot: The History of Cajun Cuisine


Author: Marcelle Bienvenu, Carl A. Brasseaux and Ryan Brasseaux




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