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Join a Break!

MAB’s service trips are an awesome opportunity to serve various communities in need around the country and abroad. There’s no better time than now to apply for an experience with Mizzou Alternative Breaks that can turn into a lifetime of impactful service and friendships. Each trip has a service focus ranging from Habitat from Humanity to Animals and Indigenous People to Health. MAB has weekend, five day, and week-long trip options.

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

General Interest Form

Winter Break Trips

Looking for a fun and meaningful way to spend the last week of your winter break? Mizzou Alternative Break’s (MAB) winter break service trips are an awesome opportunity to travel with other Mizzou students and serve various communities in need around the country. Winter break trips are from January 11-19, 2020. There’s no better time than now to apply for an MAB trip! Applications close on Sunday, September 22 at 11:59 p.m. Scholarships and Accommodations are available. Apply using the link below!

Winter Break Trip Application

International Winter Break Trips 

Applications for Mizzou Alternative Breaks (MAB) Winter International trips are now open! MAB has two trips serving in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic this January. The dates are January 10-19, 2020. During this week, you will immerse yourself in a new community and experience impactful service with a great organization called Outreach360. This application is only open to previous or current MAB site leaders or participants, Education majors or minors, Spanish majors or minors, and/or Spanish speakers. Applications close on Sunday, September 22 at 11:59 p.m. Apply using the link below!

International Winter Break Trip Application

Fall Weekend Partnership Registration 

Interested in going on a Mizzou Alternative Breaks (MAB) trip with your Student Organization? Academic Departments, Fraternities or Sororities, and Student Organizations can register as a group to go on weekend partnership trips with MAB in the fall and/or spring semester. Partnership trip participants and site leaders are selected from within your own organization and register as a group. Partnership trips are a great way for any campus organization to bond while traveling and serving over a weekend in Missouri.

Fall weekend trips will depart on Friday, November 1st and return on Sunday, November 3rd. Current fall weekend partnership trips should use the form below to complete their trip registration. Registration for spring weekend trips will open November 1. Please check back here for the link to register. Until then, please reach out to breaks@missouri.edu with any questions you may have about our weekend partnership trips!

Fall Weekend Partnership Registration

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. Questions regarding accommodations or request for accommodations related to disability can be made to Sarah Edwards the Coordinator of Service for Mizzou Alternative Breaks at edwardssar@missouri.edu. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you have.

Scholarships

MAB does offer scholarships. Each year, left over trip funds and money raised through our scholarship campaign are put into MAB Scholarship Fund for the following year. The amount raised for scholarships varies each year and, therefore, so does the amount we are able to offer in scholarships. That being said, MAB strives to be as financially accessible as we can. Scholarships are awarded based on need and available funding.

In order to receive a needs-based scholarship towards your trip fee, you must indicate on your participant application that you would like to be considered for a scholarship on your participation application. There is no supplemental application. If not indicated on your application, you won’t be considered for a needs-based scholarship.

The Types of Trips

 

Weekend Trips Thanksgiving Trips Week-Long Trips Summer Trips International Trips
Details Weekend 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. Thanksgiving trips serve Missouri’s neighboring border states. Trips depart on the Friday of Thanksgiving break and return on that Wednesday. Our week-long trips go all over the United States- including Montana, South Dakota, New York, Florida, 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 the Dominican Republic. These trips teach children English in an immersion setting through Outreach360 – a great service organization based in these countries.
Trip Dates Fall Weekend
November 1-3, 2019
Spring Weekend
March 6-8, 2019
Thanksgiving Break
November 22-27, 2019
Winter Break
January 10-19, 2020
Spring Break
March 20-29, 2020
May 2020 Winter Break
January 10-19, 2020
Summer Break
May 2020
Application Dates Fall Weekend
General Trip: August 19 – September 2
Partnership Trips: August 19 – September 2
Spring Weekend
General Trips – January 2020
Partnership Trips – January 2020
Fall Weekend
August 19 – September 2
Winter Break
September 8-22, 2019
Spring Break
October 13 – November 3, 2019
Summer Break
January 2020
Winter Break
September 8-22, 2019
Summer Break
January 2020
Costs Participants: $115
Site Leaders: $65
Participants: $230
Site Leaders: $115
Participants: $230
Site Leaders: $115
Participants: $300
Site Leaders: $150
Participants: $1400
Site Leaders: $1200
Fundraising Weekend trips do not fundraise. Thanksgiving trips engage in minimal fundraising, less than week-long trips.  Participant fees only cover a portion of the trip expenses. Therefore, each trip also needs to fundraise. Trip fundraising goals vary based on specific trip expenses.
Covered Expenses What’s included? During your trip, MAB provides all meals, transportation, housing, service site expenses, cultural experience, trip t-shirt, and pre-trip and post-trip events. International trips include flights, in-country transportation, housing, all meals, service site expenses, cultural excursion, and pre-trip and post-trip events.