Collegiate Challenge (Spring Break Trip)

**UPDATE: Collegiate Challenge applications are now due February 5, 2017**

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!

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! 🙂

Here is the information packet and application, with details about the trip locations, logistics, and cost.

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


Collegiate Challenge 2017 Locations and Habitat affiliates:

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.”


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.”


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!”


Goose Creek, South Carolina (Berkeley County Habitat for Humanity)

Approximate driving time: 12-13 hours

“You will be very engaged in the building of new homes for low income partner families. Your work incorporates HFHBC’s “bringing people together” approach to improve community. You may be engaged in repairs to homes, and involved with the Restore operations. Approximately 45 minute drive to the beaches and the historic city of Charleston. Lodging is provided by a local church, private entrance. Some couches, no beds, bring air mattresses and towels. Enough showers/bathrooms and kitchen with microwave. Restaurants and grocery stores nearby.”