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Are you interested in learning more about Mizzou Alternative Breaks? Simply fill out this form so that we can contact you with more information and updates as our applications open throughout the year! Our applications for our trips this school year are now closed, but they will open again starting next fall.

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The Students of Mizzou Alternative Breaks

Every person who goes on a Mizzou Alternative Break trip is a Mizzou student. The typical trip is 10 participants with 2 student site leaders. All participants and site leaders have to apply at various times during the year because of the high demand. In 2010, we sent 88 students on trips. Flash forward to 2015 and that number jumped to more than 1,800 students. Even though we sent so many  trips we still had 2,400 applications for those 1,800 spots. There are two different ways to become involved in Mizzou Alternative Breaks and go on one of our trips: as a participant or as a site leader.

Participants

The primary way to go on a trip is as a participant. These students attend meetings planned by their site leaders in preparation for their trip and then jump in vans or planes the Friday that break starts to travel to a site and serve with a community partner. Service focuses range from women’s advocacy to education to health.

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.

Site Leaders

If you are looking to lead a trip, we call those students Site Leaders. These students work with another student to plan all aspects of an MAB trip, everything from service to housing to facilitating and leading reflections. They then lead a group of Mizzou students on the trips they have spent the past months planning. Site leader applications come out in April for the following school year.

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. Request for accommodations related to disability can be made to Sarah Edwards the Coordinator of Service for Mizzou Alternative Breaks at edwardssar@missouri.edu.

The Types of Trips

Weekend Trips Week-Long Trips Summer Trips International Trips
Details In 2014, MAB introduced weekend trips for the first time. These trips serve in Missouri, leaving on a Friday and returning on Sunday. They are cheaper than the week long trips and are a great way to learn more about issues firsthand without leaving Missouri. Most of our weekend trips work with MU Extension to serve Missouri counties. You can read about our work with MU Extension here. Our week-long trips give participants real-world application to classwork while educating them firsthand on the issues they are working with. These trips go all over the United States- including Montana, South Dakota, New York, and Arizona. These trips are a great way to end your school year. The summer trips are 10 days long to allow for traveling to service sites that MAB cannot make it to during a week long break. We offer multiple international trips to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.┬áThese trips teach children English in an immersion setting through Outreach360 – a great service organization based in these countries.
Trip Dates Fall Weekend
October 2018
Spring Weekend
March 2019
Thanksgiving Break
November 16-25, 2018
Winter Break
January 11-20, 2019
Spring Break
March 22-31, 2019
May 13-24, 2019 Winter Break
January 12-19, 2019
Summer Break
May 18-25, 2019
Application Dates Fall Weekend
General Trips – September 2018
Partnership Trips – September 2018
Spring Weekend
General Trips – January 2019
Partnership Trips – January 2019

Thanksgiving Break
September 2018
Winter Break
September 2018
Spring Break
October 2018
January 2019 Winter Break
September 2018
Summer Break
January 2019
Costs Participants: $100
Site Leaders: $50
Participants: $200
Site Leaders: $100
Participants: $300
Site Leaders: $150
Participants: Costs varies
Site Leaders: $800