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!
2021-2022 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 one of our Weekends of Service to Get Out and Give Back to Columbia and the surrounding communities!
MAB’s fall weekend trips will take place during the weekend of October 22-24, 2021. 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 applications will open in late August!
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. Partnership trips will take part in the Weekend of Service from October 22-24, 2021 and registration is now closed. Please email email@example.com to get your group involved for the spring semester.
In the Spring of 2022, MAB will offer a spring weekend of service, spring break trips, and summer trips.
MAB’s spring break and summer service experiences will be 5-10 day experiences. Each service experience has a service focus ranging from health to education to habitat for humanity to animals and more. Locations will be determined at a later date and participant applications will open in January 2022.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you have.
Ready to Get Out and Give Back with MAB next year? Before applying, please check out the additional information below to learn more about our Weekend of Service and other service experiences! If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us.
No, there will not be a participant fee in the fall semester. 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 in the fall semester. MAB will not be able to pay for any service site materials or service fees, including background checks. Groups must also find free service. MAB is not coordinating fundraising efforts this year.
MAB will not be able to provide transportation or meals for the fall semester 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. 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.
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.
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.
Group sizes will range from 6-12 students based on the number of applications received.
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.