Collegiate Challenge (Spring Break Trip)

Collegiate Challenge is a volunteer opportunity that we offer to Purdue Habitat members which allows them to travel, work towards the Habitat mission and develop friendships with other Habitat volunteers from our chapter and other university chapters throughout the United States.  It is a week-long trip to various Habitat affiliates throughout the country.  These trips are a great opportunity to travel and do something productive on your spring break!

The trip is low-cost for compared to a spring break trip you could arrange yourself and it has several additional benefits to those involved:

–   Leadership experiences

–   Chance to get involved in a community in need

–  Exposure to a tangible sociological problem

–  Meet new people

–  Have fun! :)

–  Sense of fulfillment, be part of a solution!


The location possibilities for the Spring Break of 2014 are as follows:

Atlantic Beach, Florida (Beaches Habitat for Humanity)

Approximate driving time: 14-15 hours

“Beaches Habitat builds new and repairs existing homes to address our biggest housing challenges, severely cost burdened households and aging housing stock. Your group will be helping to build our newest neighborhood, which will house nearly 80 families upon completion. You’ll have two afternoons free to explore the beach or for other activities. Lodging will be provided by churches, most within walking distance to the beach.”

Lucedale, Mississippi (George County Habitat for Humanity)

Approximate driving time: 12-13 hours

“George County, a rural county (population 23,500) is 35 miles north of the MS Gulf Coast beaches. The need for decent affordable housing here is great even nine years after Katrina! We are a small but growing affiliate which has served 50 families in our county and have 7 more projects scheduled before June 2015. We are one hour from Gulfport/Biloxi airport and 45 minutes from Mobile, AL airport. Malls, theaters, museums, beaches are all within an hour’s drive. We promise you Southern hospitality and great appreciation for your help!”

Maryville, Tennessee (Blount County Habitat for Humanity)

Approximate driving time: 6-7 hours

“Located 30 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains, Maryville offers opportunities for outdoor recreation within an hours distance including hiking, backpacking, canoeing, horseback riding, tubing, and whitewater rafting. Our regular volunteers are great teachers with lots of patience. We love to shower our southern hospitality on our collegiate challenge groups. Lunch M-F and Tues/Thurs evening meals at two local churches who have a free community meal (another service opportunity).”


If you are interested in getting more information on the trips and the cost, please contact Calvin Nguyen at or Erin Duncan at