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MAB Executive Board Applications 2019-2020

MAB Executive Board applications for the 2019-2020 academic year open on Sunday, March 17th and and close on Friday, April 5th. More information about the Executive Board can be found on our application. Interested applicants are encouraged to reach out to a current member of the Executive Board. You can also reach out to breaks@missouri.edu with any questions!

Executive Board Application

MAB Site Leader Applications 2019-2020

MAB site leader applications for the 2019-2020 academic year open on Sunday, March 17th and and close on Sunday, April 14th. More information about site leading can be found on our application. If you are interested in site leading please reach out to current site leaders as well as our Executive Board. You can also follow us on social media for the latest updates and attend an upcoming info session for more information. Please reach out to breaks@missouri.edu with any questions!

Site Leader Application

Fall Weekend Partnership Registration 2019-2020

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. Registration for 2019-2020 fall weekend trips will open April 1st and close on April 19th. Please check back here for the link to registration on April 1st. Until then, please reach out to breaks@missouri.edu with any questions you may have about our weekend partnership trips!

Fall Weekend Partnership Registration

MAB’s week long service trips are an awesome opportunity to serve various communities in need around the country. 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. Although applications recently closed for spring break trips, we occasionally have spots on trips open up. You can apply below for a spring break trip and we will notify you if a spot opens up on the season of your choice.

Spring Break Application

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!

General Interest Form

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 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
Spring Weekend
March 8-10, 2019
Thanksgiving Break
November 16-25, 2018
Winter Break
January 11-20, 2019
Spring Break
March 22-31, 2019
May 13-24, 2019 Winter Break
January 12-19, 2019
Summer Break
May 18-25, 2019
Application Dates Fall Weekend
General Trip: August 20 – September 3, 2018
Partnership Trips: August 20 – September 3, 2018
Spring Weekend
General Trips – January 2019
Partnership Trips – January 2019
Thanksgiving Break
August 20 – September 3, 2018
Winter Break
September 9-23, 2018
Spring Break
October 14-28, 2018
January 2019 Winter Break
September 9-23, 2018
Summer Break
January 2019
Costs Participants: $100
Site Leaders: $50
Participants: $200
Site Leaders: $100
Participants: $300
Site Leaders: $150
Participants: Costs varies
Site Leaders: $800
Fundraising Weekend trips do not fundraise. 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.