Emergency Contact Information
Families may contact us at any time during the program in the event of an emergency. Students should bring a copy of these emergency phone numbers while they are traveling as well as leaving a copy with their parents/guardians.
Lauren Watka – On-Site Director, International Programs, Brown University
Brown University Department of Public Safety
Non-emergency assistance and information
For Accepted Students: BELL: New Orleans & Louisiana Gulf Coast
Congratulations on your acceptance!
We are looking forward to your participation in this unique and engaging program. We have compiled some important information for you; please review this carefully with your family and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at Leadership@brown.edu
Connect with other students on Facebook
We've created a student group on Facebook for students to connect directly with each other, and arrange travel to New Orleans together. To access, the student must be a Facebook member and have been accepted into the Program. Visit the BELL: New Orleans 2014 Facebook Group and request to join.
Travel Dates and Times
Please do not purchase plane tickets until you have received program confirmation from us on or before Monday, March 17, 2014.
Friday, April 18 - Friday, April 25, 2014
April 18, 2014 - Arrive at New Orleans Airport (MSY) between 10pm and 3pm*
April 25, 2014 - Depart from New Orleans Airport (MSY) between 11am and 1pm*
*Please contact us at 401-863-7900 or Leadership@brown.edu before making a reservation if your flight is outside of these windows.
You can book your flight using almost any of the popular travel booking websites, such as Kayak, Travelocity, Expedia or Orbitz.
Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
Brown University staff will meet you at the New Orleans Airport for transfer to Annunciation Mission. Proceed to the end of the baggage claim area toward Terminal D. There is a small waiting area where staff will be wearing brightly colored shirts. Call Lauren Watka at 401-323-7965 if you need help.
If your flight is delayed
If you experience a delay while traveling to New Orleans, call Brown’s On-site Director, Lauren Watka at 401-323-7965 with your new arrival time.
Before you Arrive
We will be posting a few articles and resource links to this site. Please make every effort to read these articles as familiarity with content will enhance your experience.
Forms to Complete
Once, you've paid the deposit, don't forget to submit all required forms through your connect.brown.edu account.
Forms will be listed for download soon.
All items must be received by Friday, March 28, 2014.
What to Bring
Please be very conservative in packing and bring only essentials. There is very limited luggage capacity in the program van and where we are staying. Note: most airlines charge extra for luggage weighing over 50 lbs. Average temperatures on the Gulf Coast in April range from a low of 55 to a high of 75 degrees.
You are required to bring the following items as these items are required for admittance on some properties and during certain activities.
- One large suitcase or duffle bag that will hold all of your packed belongings including sleeping bag. If you can’t carry it, it is too big and/or too heavy!
- Sleeping bag
- Long sleeve shirt (1-2 pieces)
- One pair of jeans
- One pair of lightweight pants
- Bathing Suit
- Hat – preferably with a wide brim for good sun protection, particularly if you burn easily
- Reuseable Water Bottle (It is very important that you stay hydrated.)
- Day pack/back pack that can be used on hikes and as a carry-on for plane ride
- Sturdy, closed toe shoes
- Any prescribed medications and a copy of original prescription
- Government-issued photo ID
- Pillow (or to reduce bulk, bring a pillow case and stuff it with clothes)
- T-shirts (4 pieces)
- Fast drying shorts (1 pair)
- Sleep wear
- Beach towel
- Fleece jacket or warm hoodie
- Sunglasses and back-up pair of prescription glasses
- Blank journal
- Small flashlight
- Sun block
- Bug Repellant
- Toothbrush and toiletries (we recommend using small sample sizes that can be purchased at drug stores or using items provided by hotels)
- Phone charger
All your food and housing is covered in the program fee as well as entry fees to various sites. You will only need money while you are traveling to and from New Orleans and for purchasing souvenirs. Note: Shopping time will be very limited as the focus of this trip is on Coastal Louisiana’s natural environment and traditional culture.
What not to bring
We recommend that students do not bring laptops, iPads, or valuable electronics.
Health and Well-Being
The Bell Gulf Coast program includes moderately physically challenging activities. We will spend a significant amount of time walking and on one day will do 2-3 hours of kayaking/canoeing. All students will wear life vests in any boating activity.
For your safety and comfort, we expect students to fully disclose any and all medical conditions or dietary needs on the required medical forms. We will always be within 1-2 hours of a medical facility. For minor problems we have a well-equipped first aid kit and staff certified in first aid.
We must be informed of any dietary restrictions or allergies prior to the program's start in order to make accommodations. Vegetarian options will be provided at all meals.
CELL phones and Communication with Families
We recommend that students carry a cell phone that can be used during travel to/from Louisiana. Students will be very busy and must restrict their phone use to free time in the evening. Letting go of the frequent connection to phone, internet and social media helps us form a community and adjust to a new environment and culture more quickly; we ask students who do have phones to limit their use.
There will be approximately 20-30 students from all over the U.S and the world in the program. Usually, there are slightly more girls than boys ranging from grades 10-12.
There is no homework in the traditional sense. For the most part students will be doing experiential learning together with some journal writing.