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Adventures on the Cheap – Jackie Hammers-Crowell

I love a road trip. Even though our income has been low since we arrived in Louisiana in 2014 (VISTAs married to teachers don’t tend to be wealthy), I haven’t … Continue reading

March 21, 2016

We Just Call It Home_ Project Homecoming March Field Report_ Sara Skjerli

“… the most important 4-letter word in the English language is not love. It is home.”

March 17, 2016

When You Want to Quit – Jackie Hammers-Crowell

I’m a second term VISTA. This time last year, I was having doubts about whether I wanted to complete my first term. Like many VISTAs, there were times when I … Continue reading

February 23, 2016

Field Report: The Bumpy Ride to Summer Camp

This past month has been a mad scramble to prepare for our summer camps! This year Kedila is running three camps across New Orleans. We were planning on running a … Continue reading

June 21, 2014

Field Report: Papaya Trees Don’t Do Well In Cold Weather

In August of 2013, the New Orleans Fruit Tree Project had a volunteer event to plant papaya trees donated to us for our first self planted orchard. We had a … Continue reading

December 22, 2013

Field Report: Kedila Family Learning Services

I can’t believe I have been here more than a month! This past month at Kedila has been full of ups and downs, some of which were more exciting than … Continue reading

September 10, 2013

Field Report: Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights – Sarah Edwards

When I began my VISTA term at the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, the organization was called Juvenile Regional Services. They were in the middle of a re-branding campaign, and … Continue reading

August 13, 2013

Field Report: Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

  I can’t believe it’s been another month already! Before Isaac came along, I had anticipated that I would use this blog to provide an update on what has been … Continue reading

September 7, 2012

Field Report: Firstline Charter Schools

I write this field report – my first – the week after Hurricane Isaac shut down the city for nearly a week. As always, we continue on. And so I … Continue reading

September 5, 2012

Field Report: ARISE Academy

  In the past weeks I have learned more about the city of New Orleans than I have in the previous 3 years that I’ve lived here. Being able to … Continue reading

September 4, 2012



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