Serve Louisiana does not provide housing; however, we will pass along affordable options, as well as connect you to other members and alumni who are looking for housemates during the service term.
Most members agree that living along the poverty line is one of the most challenging aspects of the service term. Before taxes, each paycheck is $1,090, paid twice monthly. Housemates, meal planning, carpooling, budgeting and other shifts toward a frugal lifestyle go a long way. Members who are repaying federally-insured student loans will want to take advantage of the student loan forbearance program. And, unlike some AmeriCorps programs, Serve Louisiana allows members to hold a second job as long as it doesn’t interfere with their service commitment.
Lots of things! Some head back to school to complete their undergraduate studies or pursue a master’s degree. Others sign on for a second year of service with their partner organization — or are even invited to join the staff there. Still others embark on cross-country cycling trips, teaching stints abroad or numerous other pursuits.
We value service-oriented, coachable individuals who are interested in addressing the challenges we help tackle while learning how to be successful in a professional setting.
Many members in New Orleans get by without a car, but that could be more challenging in Baton Rouge. Some positions do require a personal vehicle for reimbursable service-related travel — check with each position description to be sure.
Students are considered on a case-by-case basis. Serve Louisiana members must serve 40 hours per week and attend all team meetings, service projects, and retreats. Because of this, Serve Louisiana is not a good fit for full-time, in-person nor synchronous course loads.