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

Information about the October break and February break trips will be posted in September

More information about the MAlt program here.

Questions? Contact middalt@middlebury.edu


Language in Motion Mini-MAlt

Spend three days over fall break on a Language in Motion Middlebury College Alternative Break Trip
Trip dates: October 20-22
Participant Fee: $30

Fill out this Microsoft Word application

*With additional support from the MAlt budget, the $30 fee covers all trip expenses including transportation, lodging, food, and activity expenses associated with this trip. Financial aid is also available if you feel as though you are unable to pay $30.

As a collaboration with the Middlebury College Language in Motion program, the focus of this trip is intercultural competence and education.  Participants will travel to the city of Barre, Vermont (the other side of the Green Mountains) to deliver presentations/workshops and lead activities in the local high school and career center. The aim is to increase the global awareness, intercultural understanding and sensitivity of all involved. Trip participants will be expected to develop presentations and activities prior to the trip, and will be supported in doing so.  You will have the option of participating in the fall Language in Motion presenter trainings to support this process. Participants will also have an opportunity to volunteer with other community agencies and learn about the city of Barre. Application deadline Sunday, September 22nd. Submit app to middalt@middlebury.edu

February 2019 MAlt Trips

The student-led February 2019 Middlebury Alternative Break Trips focused on art therapy/alternative education (Pennsylvania), environmental conservation (Florida), youth education (Jamaica), sustainable communities through arts and agriculture (Puerto Rico, race relations (Dominican Republic), immigration (Texas). Read more here (Microsoft Word Document): 

February 2019 Trip Descriptions

Contact the MAlt Executive Board, middalt@middlebury.edu, or MAlt advisor Ashley Laux, alaux@middlebury.edu, with questions.

Language in Motion MAlt (Middlebury Alternative Break Trips) Mini-MAlt Trip
Fall Break Trip
Each year MAlt partners with Language in Motion to offer a trip of Fall Break to Barre, Vermont. This trip focuses on global awareness, cultural competence, and/or world language acquisition in the public high school and collaborative community service outside of the high school.  Contact Kristen Mullins at kmullins@middlebury.edu with questions. 

Any questions? Contact middalt@middlebury.edu