Join a Break!


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 1800 students. Even though we sent so many we still had 2400 applications for those 1800 spots. Each year we add more trips to try and meet the demand. There are two different ways to become involved in Mizzou Alternative Breaks and go on one of our trips.


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! All of our applications are currently closed and will start opening again in the fall semester.

General Interest Form


Participants

join-new-01

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

Site Leaders

join-new-02

If you are looking to lead a trip, we call those students Site Leaders. These students plan each trip by finding housing, mapping the routes and selecting the service issues that the trip will be working with. They then lead a group of 8-10 Mizzou students on the trips they just planned. It is not required that you have participated on an MAB trip before applying.

The Various Breaks

Weekend Trips
In 2014, MAB introduced weekend trips for the first time. These trips – which do service in Missouri – leave on Friday and return 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 are partnered with MU Extension, you can read more about that partnership here. Is your organization interested in leading a fall or spring weekend partnership trip? Start by filling out this partnership interest form.

Dates
Fall weekend 2017 TBD

Spring Weekend 2018 TBD

Applications
Participants: Participant applications open August 22nd for Fall Weekend trips and early Spring semester for Spring Weekend trips.
Site Leaders: Open in the Spring semester (April) for the following year.

Cost
Participants: $100
Site Leaders: $50

Week-Long Trips
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 US – including Montana, South Dakota, New York, and Arizona. They cost $200 per student and scholarships are available.

Dates
November 17-26, 2017 (Thanksgiving Break)
January 6-13, 2018 (Winter Break)
March 23-April 1, 2018 (Spring Break)

Applications
Participants: Participant applications open August 22nd for Thanksgiving trips, September 2nd for Winter trips, and October 3rd for Spring trips.
Site Leaders: Open in the Spring semester (April) for trips leaving the following year.

Cost
Participants: $200
Site Leaders: $100

Summer Trips
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. They cost $300 per student and scholarships are available.

Dates
May 13-22, 2018

Applications
Participants: Participant applications open the first week of school in January.
Site Leaders: Open in the Spring semester (April) for the following year.

Cost
Participants: $300
Site Leaders: $150


International Trips
We offer multiple international trips to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, however applications may be limited to current or former site leaders, Spanish speakers and education majors depending on the year. These trips teach children English in an immersion setting through Outreach 360 – a great service organization based in these countries. Costs vary per year.

Dates
December 30-January 6, 2018

January 6-13, 2018

Applications
Participants: Participant applications are open in the fall semester!
Site Leaders: Open in the Spring semester (April) for the following year.

Cost
Participants: Cost varies

Upcoming Application Deadlines & Dates