PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Spring Break 2016 will be a bit different for dozens of college students across the U.S. who will do volunteer work in Hattiesburg.
Students from Washington D.C., Iowa, Texas, New Hampshire and Wisconsin are scheduled to work on a house on McInnis Avenue in Petal in March, as part of the annual Collegiate Challenge for the Hattiesburg-Area Habitat for Humanity.
Students from Georgetown University will arrive Sunday and will start their volunteer work on Monday.
Other groups of students from Northwest Iowa Community College, East Texas Baptist University, the University of New Hampshire and Marquette University will volunteer later in the month.
"These students actually pay to come here to be with us," said Laine Burnett, volunteer coordinator for the Hattiesburg-Area Habitat for Humanity. "We turn around and put that (money) back into those students by providing housing for them, by providing food for them and making sure they have the necessities they need while they're here. But, it's an opportunity for them to get to learn about other cultures."
In April, students from Walter Payton College Preparatory High School in Chicago will also do volunteer work at the house.