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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

More information about the MAlt program here.

February 2021 Alternative Break Trips

Six student-designed, student-led volunteer service trips take place over February Break. Costs are kept low to encourage all students to apply and financial aid is available to all participants.

Past February 2020 Trip descriptions here.

The 2020-2021 Executive Board Application is closed.

The February 2021 Trip Leader Application will be open between February 24 and April 15 at 11:59PM.  Application can be found here.

Language in Motion Mini-MAlt Trip over October Break

As a collaboration with the Middlebury College Language in Motion program, the focus of the October trip is intercultural competence and education.  Participants 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.  Participants have the option of participating in the fall Language in Motion presenter trainings to support this process. Participants also have opportunities to volunteer with other community agencies and learn about the city of Barre. The participant application deadline for this trip opens in early fall.

Contact the MAlt Executive Board,, or MAlt advisor Kailee Brickner-McDonald,, with questions.