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MAB’s service experiences are an awesome opportunity to serve various communities in need alongside other Mizzou students. Each experience has a service focus ranging from Habitat for Humanity to Animals and Indigenous People to Health. Typically, MAB has weekend, five day, and week-long trip options with weekend trips serving throughout the state and week-long trips serving across the U.S. and abroad.

However, during these unprecedented times, many things have changed, including how MAB will Get Out and Give Back. Although the trip structure will look different, MAB’s mission hasn’t changed. MAB is still a service program designed to cultivate active citizenship through service experiences. 

Check out our video below to learn more about serving with MAB this year!

If you are interested in learning more about MAB and all of our service experiences, fill out this form. We will contact you with more information and an update when your trip of interest opens applications!

General Interest Form

MAB Site Leader Opportunities

Ready to plan and lead your next MAB experience? MAB Site Leader applications are now open for MAB’s Stop-n-Serve Weekend of Service May 7-8, 2021! Being an MAB Site Leader is great for leadership development. Site leaders work in pairs to plan and lead every aspect of the MAB experience for their participants. Please email breaks@missouri.edu for more information on being an MAB Site Leader!

Site Leader Application

Bring it Home 2020 Service Opportunities

Due to Covid-19 travel concerns, Mizzou Alternative Breaks is focusing its efforts on serving the Columbia community and surrounding communities within 25 miles of Columbia. We recognize that Covid-19 has amplified needs across all communities, and we will continue to Serve, Don’t Help in whatever capacity we can. MAB participants can choose to be a part of a Weekend of Service or Spring Break of Service.

Weekend of Service

MAB’s weekend trips will take place during the weekends of March 12-14 and May 7-8 in Columbia. Each weekend trip will have a service focus and will serve with one or more local organizations within that focus. Weekend trips will serve around seven hours within 25 miles of Columbia during their Weekend of Service. Participant application for the March 12-14 Weekend of Service are open January 10-31. Apply below to take part in the upcoming weekend of service!

Weekend Trip Application

Partnership Opportunities

Partnership trips allow a group of students, such as a student organization, sorority or fraternity chapter, or academic area, to plan a trip and select participants all from their own group! Participating in a partnership trip is a great way for groups to bond while getting out and giving back to Missouri communities. Spring weekend partnership trips will go out March 12-14 and registration is open now at the link below.

Spring Weekend Partnership Registration

Stop-n-Serve Partnership Registration

Students in Salt Lake City serving on a Refugee and Immigration Advocacy Trip.
Students in Salt Lake City serving on a Refugee and Immigration Advocacy Trip.

 

Spring Break of Service

Looking for a fun, safe way to spend your spring break? Stay in CoMo and participate in a Mizzou Alternative Breaks Spring Break of Service from March 26-30!

MAB’s spring break service experiences will take place the first five days of spring break and will serve during the day within 25 miles of Columbia. Each service experience has a service focus ranging from health to education to habitat for humanity to animals and more. Spending your spring break with MAB is a great way to meet other Mizzou students and safely serve and explore Mid-Missouri! Participant applications close January 31.

Spring Break Application

Four spring site leaders celebrating their accomplishments at our annual Site Leader Celebration.
Four spring site leaders celebrating their accomplishments at our annual Site Leader Celebration.

 

Commitment to Accessibility

MU and Mizzou Alternative Breaks are committed to campus wide accessibility in its programs and events. Questions regarding accommodations or request for accommodations related to disability can be made to Sarah Rielley the Coordinator of Service for Mizzou Alternative Breaks at edwardssar@missouri.edu. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you have.

Additional Information

Ready to Get Out and Give Back with MAB this spring? Before applying, please check out the additional information below to learn more about our Weekend of Service and Spring Break Experiences! If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us.

Is there a fee to participate?

No, there will not be a participant fee this year. We recognize that Covid-19 has had significant economic impacts and students may already be facing increased financial stressors as a result. We also recognize that it would be difficult to fundraise this year given the economic impact of Covid-19. To keep these service experiences financially accessible, there will not be a participant fee this year. MAB will not be able to pay for any service site materials or service fees, including background checks. Groups are encouraged to find free service. MAB is not coordinating fundraising efforts this year.

Will transportation and meals be provided?

MAB will not be able to provide transportation or meals this year as MAB experiences are going to be at no cost to students. Since MAB is a self-funded program, this means MAB will not have income to cover expenses and will need to run cost-free programming this year. Groups will need to arrange their own carpools to and from their service site and all participants will complete an MAB waiver, which includes that transportation is not provided directly by MAB. Students will be encouraged to bring their water bottle and snacks. We encourage site leaders to plan service for before or after meal times to account for meals on your own.

Will I meet with my trip before our weekend or week of service?

Yes, once site leaders select participants they will be expected to meet as a group at least four times before the weekend or week of their trip. Participant meetings are important for group bonding and pre-service education. Groups will also use these times to learn about their service focus and plan for and complete their Columbia service project. Participant meetings are encouraged to be virtual to reduce in-person contact.

What will the Weekend of Service look like?

MAB will host a virtual kickoff event to start the weekend of service. Each trip will have a service focus and will serve with one or more organizations over the weekend for a minimum of seven hours of service. All service sites should be within 25 miles of Columbia. For example, a weekend trip might serve with both the Habitat for Humanity Restore and one of the Habitat home construction sites during their weekend of service. The times that your group participates in service will depend on the community organizations you are serving with. Each group will have a reflection after their service. MAB will host a virtual post-trip reunion event within two weeks of the weekend of service.

What will the Spring Break Service Experience look like?

Spring Break service experiences will take place for the first five days of the academic break. Each trip will have a service focus and will serve with one or more organizations for a few hours each day of the spring break experience. All service sites should be within 25 miles of Columbia. For example, a spring break trip might serve with an animal rescue organization in Booneville for two days of their experience and the local Humane Society in Columbia for the remaining days. The times that your group participates in service will depend on the community organizations you are serving with. Each group will have a reflection after their service. MAB will host a virtual post-trip reunion event within two weeks of the weekend of service.

What will MAB group sizes be this year?

Group sizes will range from 6-12 students based on the number of applications received.

What Covid-19 prevention guidelines will MAB be implementing?

We strongly encourage all participants to select service sites that can be done outside or in smaller groups of people to practice social distancing. In addition, all participants are required to wear face coverings if traveling in carpools to and from their service site and while serving. We encourage all participant meetings to be held virtually to reduce in-person contact. All participants will be expected to follow University guidelines outlined in the Show Me Renewal Plan.

When will MAB group travel resume?