Louisiana is a southeastern state on the Gulf of Mexico. Its history as a melting pot of French, African, American, and French-Canadian cultures is reflected in its Creole and Cajun traditions. Louisiana’s largest city, New Orleans, is known for its colonial-era French Quarter, Mardi Gras festival, jazz music, and Renaissance-style St. Louis Cathedral. This six-day service-learning trip in New Orleans focuses on two of WorldStrides’ cornerstones for community service—environmental conservation and education/literacy—and immerses students in authentic communities of the Big Easy.