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!


Collegiate Challenge 2016 Locations and Habitat affiliates:

Dade City, Florida (East and Central Pasco County, Inc., Habitat for Humanity)

Approximate driving time: 15-16 hours

“Pasco is part of the Florida region known as the “Nature Coast”. It is located less than an hour from Florida’s Best Beaches, 30 minutes to Busch Gardens, and 90 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort. Dade City offers a variety of locally owned restaurants and bistros with nightly entertainment, movies and bowling. You will stay at one of our two Habitat volunteer homes that sit side by side. Each house holds up to 20 students have full bathrooms, kitchens/dining rooms, washer/dryers, grills, and picnic tables. They are stocked with basic amenities such as toilet paper and washing detergent.”

Tucker, Georgia (DeKalb, Inc., Habitat for Humanity)

Approximate driving time: 9-10 hours

“DeKalb Habitat for Humanity serves DeKalb County, Georgia, the eastern edge of Atlanta. We build and rehab homes, and provide home repairs for low income veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities. Collegiate Challenge groups work on one or a variety of projects throughout the week. HFHD strives to provide an exemplary volunteer and tourist experience, working with local restaurants, music venues, sports teams, and businesses to provide CC groups with meals and extracurricular activities in the evenings.”


Lexington, Virginia (Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity)

Approximate driving time: 9-10 hours

“Rockbridge Area Habitat is an ambitious rural affiliate seeking motivated college teams to help in the construction of 1 of 4 new homes built per year. Nice accommodations at local Carriage House near downtown Lexington. Knowledgeable site supervisors will direct the construction process in a fun, safe, learning environment. Opportunity to work alongside future homeowners. Historical area surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, access to hiking trails, local restaurants.”



If you are interested in getting more information on the trips and the cost, please contact Caitlin Perry at or Emer Fong at