Join a Break!
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 Winter and International Applications open on Sunday, September 9th and close on September 23rd at 11:59 p.m. Winter trips are January 11th to January 20th and Winter International trips are January 12th to January 19th. Check back in January for information about our Summer International trips which are May 18th to May 25th.
Winter trips are an awesome opportunity to serve various communities in need around the country, with service focuses that range from Habitat from Humanity to Animals and Indigenous People to Health. Don’t say “I’ll just apply next year…” the time is now! 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. Click below to apply!
During a week of International service, you will immerse yourself in a new community and experience impactful service. This application is only open to previous or current MAB site leaders or participants, Education majors, or Spanish majors or minors. Students in the School of Health Professions are eligible to apply for the SHP specific trip as well. You must fit one of the criteria to be eligible for these trips. Click below to apply!
If you are interested in learning more about MAB and all of our trips you may fill out this form below and you will receive an email from us with more information!
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. Request for accommodations related to disability can be made to Sarah Edwards the Coordinator of Service for Mizzou Alternative Breaks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. These trips teach children English in an immersion setting through Outreach360 – a great service organization based in these countries.|
|Trip Dates||Fall Weekend
November 2-4, 2018
March 8-10, 2019
November 16-25, 2018
January 11-20, 2019
March 22-31, 2019
|May 13-24, 2019||Winter Break
January 12-19, 2019
May 18-25, 2019
|Application Dates||Fall Weekend
General Trip: August 20 – September 3, 2018
Partnership Trips: August 20 – September 3, 2018
General Trips – January 2019
Partnership Trips – January 2019
August 20 – September 3, 2018
September 9-23, 2018
October 14-28, 2018
|January 2019||Winter Break
September 9-23, 2018
Site Leaders: $50
Site Leaders: $100
Site Leaders: $150
|Participants: Costs varies
Site Leaders: $800