Collegiate Challenge FAQs

What are the age restrictions?

  • Volunteers must be ages 16-25 to participate in Collegiate Challenge. Adult chaperones over the age of 25 are also welcome to participate. 
  • Volunteers 16-17 years of age may not operate power tools or work more than 6 feet off the ground.
  • To register a group for Collegiate Challenge, each participant must be 16 by the first day of the trip. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
  • All groups who have participants under age 18 are required to have at least one adult age 25 or older for every five students. Some build sites require a higher ratio of adults. Please check individual site lists for specific requirements.

What are group size limitations?

  • Groups of five or more people may participate in Collegiate Challenge.
  • A group does not have to be an official club or organization—it can just be a group of friends.
  • At this time, there are no opportunities for individuals to participate in Collegiate Challenge.
  • Consider forming a team with your school, church, affiliate, Youth United group or club!

What costs are involved in a Collegiate Challenge trip?

  • Program fee
    A $30 per person non-refundable, non-transferable program fee is due within one month of registration. This fee covers supplemental medical insurance and program costs. This check should be made payable to Habitat for Humanity International and mailed to the Collegiate Challenge program team: Collegiate Challenge, Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709-3498
  • Affiliate contribution
    The affiliate contribution is paid to the affiliate host site as a separate fee from the program fee so the affiliate can support the work you will tackle, such as buying building materials. It ranges from $0 per person to $500 per person. Most sites ask for $150 per person for the week. See the site lists for details.
  • Transportation
    Groups are responsible for all transportation arrangements and costs. Even if your group is flying to the site, rented vehicles will be needed to transport the group throughout the week.
  • Food
    Groups are responsible for providing their own food. We recommend budgeting $6 to $10 per person per day for food if you’ll be preparing your won meals. All Collegiate Challenge accommodations will include a place for participants to prepare meals. Extra cost should be added if you plan to eat at restaurants.

What type of housing is provided on trips?

  • Collegiate Challenge host sites will provide your group with a safe place to sleep, shower and prepare meals at no additional cost.
  • Sleeping arrangements are usually on a church floor or in a volunteer center, so a sleeping bag is necessary.
  • Shower and kitchen facilities may be located in a separate location from your sleeping arrangements.

What is the schedule like during the week?

  • Most groups arrive at the host affiliate on Sunday afternoon and depart the following Saturday. This may vary at the request of either the group or the host site. The groups team leader should coordinate the exact arrival and departure details with the host affiliate’s Collegiate Challenge coordinator.
  • Most affiliates work either Monday through Friday or Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Groups should expect to work from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on these days.
  • Projects may include improving existing housing structures, helping build a house or volunteering on other projects that help meet the goals of Habitat for Humanity in the community.
  • While some affiliates may plan an evening activity for your group, such as a dinner with a Habitat partner family, for the most part, you can expect your evenings to be free to use as your group desires.

Must our team complete the HFHI waiver? 

Each trip participant must complete this form even if the host affiliate or participating organization has a separate waiver. For participants under the age of 18, team leaders should collect and return these forms by mail or fax at least one month prior to the trip start date. 

What does trip insurance cover?

Part of the $30 program fee is applied to supplemental accidental medical insurance.

  • This policy will pay the deductible of an individual’s own insurance, as well as any costs exceeding his or her insurance limit, up to $250,000.
  • If a participant does not have personal health insurance, he or she will be covered up to $250,000.
  • This insurance covers all participants who have an accident while participating in group activities, including building on-site and group-sponsored evening activities.

What is Collegiate Challenge’s cancellation policy?

After you have registered, you are asked to confirm your trip by paying the required program fee. Host affiliates make building and housing plans based on the number of participants that you confirm. When you confirm your trip, you are committing to pay the total financial contribution to the affiliate based on the number of participants registered. In the event that the number of participants decreases or if you should cancel the trip after confirmation, your group is still responsible for paying the full affiliate contribution. Please be aware that canceling a trip may negatively impact the affiliate’s building schedule.

Please note: If your group has not confirmed your trip within one month after registration, the trip will automatically be canceled, and those spaces will be reopened to other student groups. If you know that you need to cancel your registration, please contact the Collegiate Challenge staff to let them know your plans have changed.