Collegiate Challenge (Spring Break Trip)

Collegiate Challenge is a volunteer opportunity for Purdue Habitat members during the week of spring break which allows them to venture to different Habitat affiliates around the United States, work towards the Habitat mission, and develop friendships with other Habitat volunteers from the Purdue chapter and other university chapters throughout the country!  These trips are a great opportunity to travel and do something productive on your spring break! Click here for more information and the application!

Reasons to go on Collegiate Challenge:

  • Low cost
  • Gain leadership experience
  • Opportunity to get involved in a community in need
  • Exposure to a tangible sociological problem
  • Meet new people
  • Have a sense of fulfillment, be part of a solution
  • Have fun!🙂

See the list of locations for this year below, and please contact to request an application, get more information, or ask any questions!


Collegiate Challenge 2017 Locations and Habitat affiliates:

Manistique, Michigan (Habitat for Humanity in Manistique, MI)

Approximate driving time: 7.5-8.5 hours

“You will have the opportunity to work in the beautiful environment of the Upper Peninsula of MI. Our on-site volunteer center is fully equipped with bunk style dorms for both men & women, private showers, kitchen and dining room, community/recreational rooms, etc. During your stay, you will be able to explore attractions such as Great Lakes, Pictured Rocks, Shipwreck Boat Tours, Big Springs, lighthouse, ghost towns, waterfalls, hiking, beaches, etc.”


Mechanicsville, Virginia (Hanover Habitat for Humanity)

Approximate driving time: 10-11 hours

“Work alongside expert construction supervisors Monday through Friday, building a home for a deserving Hanover County family. Students will be housed at a local church, which offers showers and an industrial kitchen! Plenty of nearby grocery, convenience and drug stores. In the evenings, groups are on their own to reflect on the day and to explore Richmond, VA. Suggested activities include visiting the James River, going to the $2/ticket Byrd Theater (movie theater), and walking around Carytown.”


Longmont, Colorado (St. Vrain Valley Habitat for Humanity)

Approximate driving time: 15-16 hours

“Longmont, CO is a small but mighty town that has a strong community feel to it. In 2013 there was a disastrous flood in our county, since then we have ramped up our efforts to get flood victims back into their homes while continuing to make affordable housing accessible to low income families. Not to mention we are located in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in a state that gets 300 days of sunshine a year. You can combine the importance of volunteer work with the fun of the Colorado outdoors.Housing provided in a comfortable home. All lunches and some dinners will be supplied.”


Hattiesburg, Mississippi (Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity)

Approximate driving time: 11-12 hours

“Fun loving, friendship building, best way to spend a break opportunity! If you want to help change a life and yours in the process come spend time with us. Lodging provided within walking distance to our local University with a plethora of different cuisines surrounding the area. Local food, music, and fun readily available with local parks hosting special events and within close driving distance to Gulf Coast and New Orleans. We may be small but we make a HUGE impact!”