Middlebury Alternative Break Program (MAlt)

MAlt is Middlebury’s alternative break program. Each year, students design and plan six trips during February Break (national and international destinations) and one Vermont-based trip during Fall and Spring Breaks. The goal of the trips is to engage Middlebury students with communities across the nation and the globe in order to share an experience, provide service where service is needed, and learn about the systems that shape community realities around the world.
Past destinations have included Boston, New York City, El Paso, San Francisco, Miami, Cherokee Nation, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.
The program has a needs-blind acceptance policy and does fund-raising throughout the year to make sure that anyone who needs financial assistance can participate.

News & Updates

October Break 2017 MAlt/Language in Motion Trip

MAlt and Language in Motion will collaborate to send a three-day trip to Barre, Vermont for the 3rd year in a row. Please check back in September for trip details and a link to the application

February 2018 MAlt Trips 

Applications will open for the February 2018 MAlt trips in late September 2018. Please check back in September for trip details and a link to the application.

Feb Trip Info Session

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 8:00 p.m. in Axinn 219

Attend this information session to learn about the Feb Break 2018 trips, meet the trip leaders, and learn about the application process. Snacks will be provided. Can’t attend the info session? Feel free to contact the MAlt Executive Board, middalt@middlebury.edu, or MAlt advisor Ashley Laux, alaux@middlebury.edu, with questions.

 MAlt February 2017

Last year's trip themes include migration & refugee resettlement, education, women's health & empowerment, housing access, coffee farming, and urban farming.

Trips Offered in 2017:

  • MAlt San Franciso: Rural Farming Practices in an Urban Environment
  • Building Connections: Housing Access in Rural Dominican Republic
  • MAlt Atlanta: Migration and Refugee Resettlement
  • MAlt St. Louis: Exploring Education and Poverty
  • From the Ground to Table: Societal Impact of Sustainable Coffee in Guatemala
  • MAlt San Juan: Empowerment through Health Education

Read more about trip descriptions here!

Any questions? Contact middalt@middlebury.edu