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

Join Language in Motion Mini-MAlt trip during fall break!

Language in Motion Mini-MAlt Trip

Destination: Spaulding High School (Barre, VT)
Dates: October 16 - October 18, 2016

Language in Motion (LiM) and MAlt are seeking trip leaders and participants for the upcoming fall break mini-MAlt trip (October 16-18). This is a three-day service-learning trip to Barre, VT in which particpating Middlebury students will 1) develop and deliver presentations that promote global awareness, cultural competence, and/or world language acquisition in the public high school; and 2) engage in collaborative community service outside of high school. All interested students are encouraged to apply. Applications are at go/malt. Contact Kristen Mullins @ kmullins@middlebury.edu with questions.  Participant applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Language in Motion (LiM) is an educational collaboration between Middlebury's international, study abroad, and upper level language students with Vermont high school and middle school teachers, students, and classrooms. With support and training, Middlebury college students prepare and deliver lessons that promote global awareness, cultural competence, and world language acquisition. Presentations are designed to support the host teacher's learning objectives and to "meet secondary students where they are." Go/LiM

Apply to participate in the Fall Break 2016 mini-MAlt Trip

Participant Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Please send completed applications to middalt@middlebury.edu

Frequently Asked Questions



MAlt February 2017

Information Session

Thursday September 29th in Axinn 219 @ 8 pm

Come learn about Middlebury Alternative Breaks! This year's trip themes include migration & refugee resettlement, education, women's health & empowerment, housing access, coffee farming, and urban farming.

Trip Offered in 2017:

  • MAlt San Franciso: Rural Farming Practices in an Urban Environment
  • Building Connections: Housing Access in Rural Domincan 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!

Applications open on Friday, September 30th and the application will be accesible here: MAlt Application 2017

Any questions? Contact middalt@middlebury.edu