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!
Spring Break Trips
Looking for a fun and meaningful way to spend your spring break? Mizzou Alternative Break’s (MAB) service trips are an awesome opportunity to travel with other Mizzou students and serve various communities in need around the country. Spring break trips will be serving across the U.S. with multiple trips in all 14 of MAB’s service focuses. Spring break applications are open October 13 – November 4. Apply today to see where your spring break will take you!
Weekend, Thanksgiving, and Winter Break Trips
Applications for weekend, Thanksgiving, and winter break trips have closed. However, if you are interested in going on a trip, we encourage you to fill out the application to be added to the wait list. As soon as a spot becomes available in the service of your interest, we will notify you! Scholarships and Accommodations are available. Apply for the wait list using the link below!
Spring 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.
Registration for fall weekend partnership trips is closed. Registration for spring weekend partnerships will open November 1. Please check back here for the link to register. Until then, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have about our weekend partnership trips!
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you have.
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
March 6-8, 2019
November 22-27, 2019
January 10-19, 2020
March 20-29, 2020
|May 2020||Winter Break
January 10-19, 2020
|Application Dates||Fall Weekend
General Trip: August 19 – September 2
Partnership Trips: August 19 – September 2
General Trips – January 2020
Partnership Trips – January 2020
August 19 – September 2
September 8-22, 2019
October 13 – November 3, 2019
September 8-22, 2019
Site Leaders: $65
Site Leaders: $115
Site Leaders: $115
Site Leaders: $150
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.|