Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program provides year-round alternative school break volunteer opportunities to college students across the United States.

30+ years of Collegiate Challenge, 260,000+ student volunteers, 1000s of families with a decent place to call home

When students volunteer with Habitat to ensure that every family has a safe and affordable place to call home, the effects can be life-changing for families with far-reaching impact on health, educational and economic outcomes and in moving society a step closer to housing equity.

Service volunteering can be equally transformative for students as they learn on the frontlines and witness their own potential for making an impact.

Students describe their experience as:

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Collegiate Challenge trip applications now open

Search for available student volunteer opportunities and learn how to apply! 

You can choose to volunteer close to school or on the other side of the country. No prior experience is needed to volunteer. All you need is a few other students, ages 18 or older. So, grab some friends and apply for a Collegiate Challenge opportunity today. Then prepare for an incredible experience that you and your friends will never forget! 

As one of the longest running student volunteer programs, Collegiate Challenge is unique in offering year-round volunteer opportunities for students across the U.S. Below is our posting schedule for summer, fall and winter break opportunities.

If you have a question that is not covered in our FAQ, contact us at [email protected] or (800) 422-4828.

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Check out our featured trip opportunities!

Consider joining one of these service experiences from Habitat locations looking for new volunteers.

Get inspired

Read about some of the service projects worked on by Collegiate Challenge volunteers during an event bringing together students from multiple schools.

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
322 West Lamar St.
Americus, Georgia 31709-3543

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

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

Bonanza at the Beach

College students teamed up with a South Carolina Habitat affiliate for Bonanza at the Beach, a Collegiate Challenge build that proved to be a powerful and productive event for all involved.

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