Collegiate Challenge FAQ's

What are the age restrictions?

  • Participants must be at least 16 years of age to perform construction work.
  • 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. (1:5 ratio) 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 amount is paid to the affiliate host site so they can support the work you will tackle; this may include purchase of 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 will be preparing your own meals. All Collegiate Challenge accommodations will include a place for participants to prepare meals. Extra costs 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?

  • Participants arrive at host affiliate on Sunday afternoon and depart the following Saturday morning.
  • 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.

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.
  • Coverage begins when a group checks in with their host affiliate and ends when they leave.
  • Participants are not covered if under the influence of drugs or alcohol or if engaging in the following high risk activities:
    • Recreational travel in any off-road motor vehicle or other motor vehicle not designed primarily for use on public streets.
    • Motorcycling
    • SCUBA diving
    • Jet skiing
    • Mountain climbing (where ropes or guides are used)
    • Sky diving
    • Automobile racing or speed contests
    • Bungee jumping
    • Spelunking
    • White water rafting
    • Surfing
    • Parasailing

Note: This is a reimbursement policy. Participants should be prepared to pay for all medical care at the time of treatment. All covered expenses will be reimbursed to the participant once the proper claim forms have been submitted.

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 cancelled, 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.

How can our group register early?

Register during early bird registration. Early bird registration status is granted to Habitat for Humanity campus chapters that meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Charter a Habitat for Humanity campus chapter at least six months before registration.
  • Complete the campus chapter annual report by May 31, 2014.
  • Participated in a Collegiate Challenge trip within the previous year.
  • Submit all participant waiver forms and complete the online team roster prior to all Collegiate Challenge trips taken by the chapter within the previous year.
  • Spring break 2015 early bird list will be posted in fall 2014. Eligible groups will be allowed to register for 2015 spring break trips beginning mid-October 2014.