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

MAlt February Break 2016 Participant applications will open in October 2015, please check back soon for updates.

New Trip Highlight: Exploring Privilege and Poverty in Washington, D.C.

In February 2016, a group of students will visit the US capital to explore economic equality and the themes of Middlebury's new Privilege and Poverty Program. Through pre-trip education and on-site volunteering, we will aim to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the causes and effects of poverty. Our volunteer work will seek to benefit impoverished members of societies by working for agencies that strengthen community development initiatives. Service-learning focuses will be on the educational, healthcare, legal, housing, psychological, social and economic needs of individuals and their communities. Our aim is to engage student participants in meaningful ways while also helping the community partner address the needs they’ve identified. The ultimate goal of this trip is to provide students with the adequate resources and experiences to be able to bring an important social issue they have learned about firsthand back to the campus community.