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What is Mizzou Alternative Breaks?

Mizzou Alternative Breaks is a student-led program on the campus of the University of Missouri that sends groups of students across the United States and abroad over Thanksgiving, winter, spring, summer, and weekend breaks to serve people and communities of need. The program is student-led from a student Executive Board who make decisions to the site leaders who actually lead the students to their sites. Every participant is also a Mizzou student. For more information that parents might find helpful, please visit our Parent Information Page. For additional questions, visit our FAQ page.

How are the trips funded?

Students pay an upfront participant fee which covers a portion of the trips. All students are also expected to participate in fundraising efforts for their trip.

When are the trips?

MAB’s week-long service trips are offered during Thanksgiving, winter, spring, and summer break. Week-long trips typically depart on the Friday or Saturday at the beginning of the break and return the following Sunday. MAB’s international trips are offered during winter and summer break. MAB also provides students with the opportunity to serve locally with weekend service trips serving throughout Missouri in October and March.

Our Mission

Mizzou Alternative Breaks provides students the unique opportunity to gain a wider perspective of the world while immersed in a week of service. As a program, we aim to influence all Mizzou students, who will soon be leaders and supporters of our future as a global community. Through service, leadership and the development of lasting relationships, MAB aims to provide students with an experience that offers them the seeds to grow into active and united citizens. By igniting a passion for service in this generation, MAB promotes the idea that grassroots service is something greater than a week or an event – it is a MOVEMENT that starts with caring about the people around you and the community that brings you together.

Our Principles

MAB has seven principles that drive our program. All of our trips emphasis these seven principles. One of our main principles is “Serve, Don’t Help.” We feel that “helping” is more about the person who is trying to help instead of about other people or issues. We are not saviors, we are not going to change the world in one week. Instead we are going to serve communities by providing services that they have requested from us. While that may not change the world in a week, it will have an impact on both the person serving and the community served.

Read about our seven principles:

  • Serve Don’t Help
  • Communicate Love
  • This Is It
  • Unplug
  • Be Gumby
  • Poco A Poco
  • Bring It Home

Where do the trips go?

MAB trips go all across the country. The map below shows some of the places MAB has gone in the past:

Yellow Pins: 2013 | Teal Pins: 2012 | Green Pins: 2011 | Red Pins: 2005-2010

View where Mizzou Alternative Breaks has been in a larger map

In the News

I don’t know if you know this, but we’re a pretty big deal… Every year MAB seems to make the paper. Below are some of the news articles written about us.