Join a Break!


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.


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! All of our applications are currently closed and will start opening again in the fall semester.

General Interest Form


Participants

MAB trip is Slick Rock, CO

MAB trip in Slick Rock, CO

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 environmental to education to health.

Site Leaders

MAB Site Leaders in Nicaragua

If you are looking to lead a trip, we call those students Site Leaders. These students plan all aspects of an MAB trip. They then lead a group of 8-10 Mizzou students on the trips they planned. It is not required that you have participated on an MAB trip before applying.

The Various Breaks

Weekend Trips
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.

Partnerships
Academic Departments, Greek Organizations, or Student Organizations on campus can lead Fall and Spring Weekend partnership trips with MAB. Groups of 6 or 12 people (including 2 site leaders per trip) register for a partnership trip as a group together, rather than sending in individual applications. Partnership trip participants and site leaders are selected within their organization. Partnership trips are a great way for any organization on campus to bond over service. For more details on how your organization can start a partnership trip, please contact mizzoubreaks@gmail.com

Dates
October 27-29, 2017
March 9-11, 2018

Applications
Participants: Participant applications are open August 21 – September 4 for Fall Weekend trips and in January for Spring Weekend trips.
Partnerships: Partnership trip registration is open August 21 – September 4 for Fall Weekend trips. Check back for more information on Spring Weekend partnership trip registration.
Site Leaders: Open in the Spring semester (April) for the following year.

Cost
Participants: $100
Site Leaders: $50

Week-Long Trips
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. They cost $200 per student and scholarships are available.

Dates
November 17-26, 2017 (Thanksgiving Break)
January 6-13, 2018 (Winter Break)
March 23-April 1, 2018 (Spring Break)

Applications
Participants: Participant applications open August 22 for Thanksgiving trips, September 2 for Winter trips, and October 3 for Spring trips.
Site Leaders: Open in the Spring semester (April) for trips leaving the following year.

Cost
Participants: $200
Site Leaders: $100

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. They cost $300 per student and scholarships are available.

Dates
May 13-22, 2018

Applications
Participants: Participant applications open in January.
Site Leaders: Open in the Spring semester (April) for the following year.

Cost
Participants: $300
Site Leaders: $150


International Trips
We offer multiple international trips to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. These trips teach children English in an immersion setting through Outreach 360 – a great service organization based in these countries. Costs vary per year.

Dates
December 30-January 6, 2018
January 6-13, 2018

Applications
Participants: Participant applications open in September!
Site Leaders: Open in the Spring semester (April) for the following year.

Cost
Participants: Cost varies

Upcoming Application Deadlines & Dates