Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge alternative break volunteer

Collegiate Challenge

We offer alternative school break opportunities for students.

For more than 30 years, Habitat has provided alternative school break volunteer opportunities to high school and college students. Since this program began in the late ’80s, more than 260,000 have committed to building safe, affordable homes across the United States through Collegiate Challenge.

Coronavirus impact on Collegiate Challenge builds

After thorough review and reflection, Habitat for Humanity International has suspended Collegiate Challenge trips through the end of 2021.

Thank you for your support in organizing and leading Collegiate Challenge builds. Each year we’re amazed by the energy and passion each of you brings to build strength and stability with homeowners in your community and across the nation. 

While waiting for Collegiate Challenge to resume, explore these other opportunities to continue Habitat’s work: 

  • AmeriCorps: The AmeriCorps program offers full-time service positions at local Habitat organizations across the U.S. where you can learn and develop new skills while serving a critical role in helping Habitat homeowners achieve strength, stability and self-reliance. There are many individualized roles to choose from  find the one that utilizes your strengths and interests. Apply today. 
  • Advocate: Sign up to receive updates from Habitat’s advocacy team and we’ll share opportunities to use your voice to impact affordable housing legislation, sign petitions and join upcoming webinars.

We would also like to hear from you on how you would like to stay engaged with Habitat for Humanity while the Collegiate Challenge program is paused. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected] or by calling 1-800-422-4828.

About Collegiate Challenge

The information below refers to typical Collegiate Challenge programming, which will resume after 2021.

This unique one-week volunteer program is offered year-round. All you need is five or more friends ages 16 or older. Then, simply select a location that you are interested in traveling to. You can choose a build close to school or somewhere across the country. After that, prepare for an incredible experience that you and your friends will never forget.

Collegiate Challenge offers an education all its own. Whether your group is on the build site or serving in the ReStore, you’ll be learning about substandard living conditions and how affordable housing builds strength, stability and self-reliance for homeowners. This will allow you to see not just a house being built or repaired, but the people behind it  macro issues on a micro scale. These are life lessons you’ll carry with you far into the future. All the fun you’ll have will just be extra credit.

No experience is needed to volunteer so grab four friends or more and sign up for a Collegiate Challenge trip today!

Frequently asked questions

Contact us

For additional information, please contact us at [email protected]. Additional ways to contact us are listed below.

Postal mail:

Collegiate Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International
121 Habitat St.
Americus, GA 31709-3498

Phone: 1-800-HABITAT (1-800-422-4828)

Fax: 229-410-7443

Social media:
Use the #CollegiateChallenge hashtag to share your trip.