In March 2009, students inaugurated a tradition that has since become an integral part of the core Goddard experience. For the week of Spring Break, students and Faculty from Goddard will travel down to New Orleans to engage in sustainable (“Green”) rebuilding efforts in the Hurricane Katrina-devastated Lower 9th Ward – Holy Cross community. Students and faculty work side-by-side with local community members on a variety of projects that range from creating rain gardens, rebuilding playgrounds, installing radiant barriers in roofs to collect solar energy, and deconstructing destroyed homes to recycle reusable materials. In addition to making a difference through amazing service work, participants also experience a great deal of the vibrant and exciting New Orleans culture through special group excursions.
Participation in the Goddard Service Spring Break trip to New Orleans is through application only. A lot of work goes into making this experience happen; students will be asked to reflect on their ability to make the commitment and on what they hope to gain from the experience.
October: Applications available
November: Applications reviewed & group is chosen
December: First group meeting/Deposits due/Fundraising begins
January: Fundraising continues, group preparation meetings
February: Fundraising continues, group preparation meetings
March: Final preparations, trip to New Orleans
April: Group hosts a follow-up program about the trip for Goddard and the larger NYU community
Participants may elect to receive academic credit for their participation in the Goddard New Orleans spring break experience. Zero, one, and two credit options are available. Requirements vary depending on the credit-option chosen.