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Collegiate Challenge

Go from hitting the books to hitting nails with Collegiate Challenge. For more than 25 years, Habitat has provided alternative school break volunteer opportunities to high school and college students. Since this program began, more than 250,000 have committed to building safe, affordable homes across the United States through Collegiate Challenge

This unique one-week volunteer program is offered year-round. All you need is five or more friends ages 16 or older.

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!

Are you ready to accept the challenge?

  • Select "East & Central Pasco County" from the site list to start

Frequently asked questions

What are the costs involved?

Please consider the following when making plans to participate:

Program fee: $30. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable, and due within one month of registration. It 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.

Host-site contribution: This fee varies by location, and is used to support the local project in buying things like building materials. Our fee here in Dade City starts at $150

Transportation: Groups are responsible for their own transportation, and costs to and from the site, whether you are driving or flying.

Food: Groups are responsible for their own meals, though accommodations will include a place to prepare them. We recommend budgeting $6-10 per person per day for homemade meals, and more if you plan to eat out.

What type of housing is provided?

We provide you with a safe place for sleeping, showering and preparing meals at no additional cost. Here in Dade City we provide Habitat built volunteer homes, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, and plenty of outdoor space. Our Tucker volunteer home (photos below) is within walking distance to our RV Campsite - so that you have access to additional laundry machines, full kitchen, two bathrooms, fire pit, pavilion, and BBQ area. See more about the RV Campsite here.

What does a week look like?

Typically you’ll arrive in Dade City on Sunday afternoon, and depart the following Saturday morning. Most builds occur Tuesday through Friday. You should expect to work from about 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Projects may include building a new house, repairs to an existing house, or another type of assignment that helps meet Habitat’s goals within that community. Some hosts may plan an evening activity for your group, such as dinner with a Habitat partner family, but generally your evenings will be free.

Dade City offers small town charm with Big City amenities! You are 45 minutes from beautiful Florida beaches and an hour from Busch Gardens in Tampa or Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios in Orlando. Easy access to State Parks and canoeing and kayaking. Lots of interesting history, along with shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

Contact us

For additional information, please email or call us.

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