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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.

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February 2015 Break MAlt Trips

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February 2015 Trip Descriptions

Education for All: Exploring the State of American Public Education (Society Hill, SC)
MAlt participants will continue to build the relationship between Middlebury College and Rosenwald Middle School. Participants will serve at Rosenwald for a week, assisting teachers and getting to know students on a deeper level outside of the classroom. Middlebury students will have the opportunity to design their own workshops and connect with members of the community while learning about educational inequality through first-hand experiences. Join us for the opportunity to make a profound impact on the lives of Rosenwald students while expanding your own knowledge of the American public school system.
Leaders: Gram Bonilla '17 and Hayley Howard '17

Seeing Through the Border: Solidarity in the Southwest (El Paso)
Participants will travel to the U.S/Mexican Border, the most frequently crossed border in the world, where the “First World” meets the “Third World”.  In El Paso, TX, we will assist with the daily running of a migrant shelter, immerse ourselves in borderlands culture, meet human rights activists, and expand our perspectives on U.S/Mexico relations. Through this experience, we hope to enhance our understanding of the border as a microcosm of today’s globalized economy and build a vision of cross-cultural solidarity.
Leaders: Molly Stuart ’15.5 and Robert Zarate-Morales ’17.

Thriving as a Youth: Education and Youth Development in Chinatown, San Francisco
This trip will primarily focus on the issues regarding Education and Youth Development in the Chinatown community of San Francisco. We will be able to mentor youths, many of which have immigrated from China, through a bilingual after-school program, as well as explore the issues of immigration and urban culture in regards to youth development.
Leaders: Oliver Wijayapala ’17 and Paul Irizarry ’17

Connecting With the Land Through Sustainable Practices (Las Marias, Puerto Rico)
In this trip we will work with Plenitude – an eco-educational non-profit organization which teaches the skills of sustainable living through permaculture practices. Participants will engage with local community members through hands-on activities such as installing new gardening beds and planting areas, maintaining wet lands, managing compost, and using the local knowledge to explore sustainable practices to ‘connect with the land’ in Puerto Rico. 
Leaders: Marjeela Basij-Rasikh ’15 and Naina Qayyum ’15

Women’s empowerment through improved access to sexual education (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
During our week in Puerto Rico we will be working with women and transgender people at high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. We will be helping and attending workshops intended to prevent the spread of STIs. PROGRESAH provides a safe haven for a population that is many times marginalized and discriminated in society. We also aim to explore a region of the US that is often underrepresented and plagued by misconceptions by closely examining the history and culture of the area.
Leaders: Ryan Coates ’15 and Camila Fernandez ’15

Exploring Organic Farming: Transitioning into Sustainable Coffee Production in Costa Rica
We will be working on a small family-run coffee farm that has transitioned into organic production. We will gain hands-on experience on coffee production and help the farmers establish environmentally sustainable technologies on the plantations. What does it mean to produce coffee in harmony with nature? How do environmentally sustainable activities reconcile with economic viability? These are some of the many questions we will be exploring throughout our trip.
Leaders: Evelin Toth ’17 and Andra Pascu ’17