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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

Leadership Opportunities

Applications for MAB site leading have closed, but our wait list application is open! Site leaders are responsible for planning the entirety of their week or weekend long trip with their co-site leader. Responsibilities include but are not limited to contacting housing and service sites, marketing applications, selecting participants, and selecting the service sites that the trip will be working with. Site leaders are expected to attend weekly site leader meetings, hold weekly meetings with their participants, hold weekly office hours, attend scheduled events, and plan the entirety of their trip. Site leading is a great opportunity to gain leadership skills while planning a fun trip for your fellow Mizzou students!

Please note: MAB has already selected site leaders for 2020-2021. By applying, you will be added to the site leader wait list, and contacted in the event that you are needed to lead a trip.

Site Leader Application

Partnership Opportunities

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. Fall weekend partnership trips will go out November 6-8, 2020 and registration is open now at the link below.

Partnership Trip 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.


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 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.

What’s Covered?

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.

The Types of Trips

Details Trip Dates Application Dates Costs Fundraising
Weekend Trips 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. Fall Weekend
November 1-3, 2019
Spring Weekend
March 13-15, 2020
Fall Weekend
General Trip: August 19 – September 2
Partnership Trips: August 19 – September 2
Spring Weekend
General Trips – January 2020
Partnership Trips – November 2019
Participants: $115
Site Leaders: $65
Weekend trips do not fundraise.
Thanksgiving Trips Thanksgiving trips serve Missouri’s neighboring border states. Trips depart on the Friday of Thanksgiving break and return on that Wednesday. November 22-27, 2019 August 19 – September 2 Participants: $230
Site Leaders: $130
Thanksgiving trips engage in minimal fundraising, less than week-long trips. 
Week-Long Trips Our week-long trips go all over the United States- including Montana, South Dakota, New York, Florida, and Arizona. Winter Break
January 10-19, 2020
Spring Break
March 20-29, 2020
Winter Break
September 8-22, 2019
Spring Break
October 13 – November 4, 2019
Participants: $230
Site Leaders: $130
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.
Summer Trips 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. May 2020 January 2020 Participants: $300
Site Leaders: $150
International Trips 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. Winter Break
January 10-19, 2020
Summer Break
May 2020
Winter Break
September 8-22, 2019
Summer Break
January 2020
Participants: $1400
Site Leaders: $1200