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

October Break Trip 2014 Participant and Leader Application Open!
Application Due Date: Sept. 30th, 2014
Submit this application to middalt@middlebury.edu.

Join us for the seventh annual October Mini-MAlt break trip to breathtakingly beautiful Merck Forest & Farmland Center in southern Vermont at the height of the foliage season. Merck Forest’s mission is to teach and demonstrate the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland. Past work has included trail maintenance in the forest, helping with the harvest, and pruning trees. We will be sleeping in a cabin and cooking together as a group in fall temperatures ranging from 40-60 degrees during the day and 30-50 degrees at night. It’s about a two-mile hike into the site.

  • Timeline: Trip departs campus at 8:00 a.m. on 10/11, returns on 10/13. Camping gear can be provided!
  • Website: www.merckforest.org
  • Issue: Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Cost per person: $30 (financial aid is available if necessary)
  • Questions? Contact the MAlt Exec board, middalt@middlebury.edu or MAlt advisor Ashley Laux, alaux@middlebury.edu.

February Break MAlt trip Information Session
October 1, 2014 8:00 p.m. Bi-Hall Room 219
Come learn about February 2015 MAlt trips and application process! Leaders will present about the social issue and location of their MAlt trips!