Collegiate Challenge is a unique one-week volunteer program. It's offered year-round, however, Beaches Habitat primarily participates in the late winter and spring.
All you need is five or more friends ages 16 or older. Register with Habitat for Humanity International and select Beaches Habitat as your location of choice. After that, prepare for an incredible experience that you and your friends will never forget.
Collegiate Challenge offers an education all its own. While your group is on the build site, 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!
Have more questions? Check out our FAQ or contact us.
Beaches Habitat welcomes students from abroad to join our construction program for 8 to 10 weeks. Students volunteer alongside our staff, future homeowners and local volunteers to improve their hands-on construction skills and gain a better comprehension of the English language. Volunteer internships are available for up to 4 students per time period who are participating through a sponsored program.
Students will have the opportunity to work closely with a skilled construction team to gain a greater sense of responsibility, maturity, and self-confidence through interaction with Beaches Habitat's staff, volunteers and future homeoners. Students will be trained to successfully complete tasks associated with construction of new homes and repair or renovation of existing homes, developing competence in the use of construction tools and an understanding of safe construction practices. In addition, through interactions on the construction site, students will gain an awareness and appreciation of different cultures and have the opportunity to improve their English language skills.
Students interested in volunteering may submit an application for consideration. Applications may be submitted 3 to 6 months in advance of travel and will be considered on a first come, first served basis.