A: For week long trips, you pay 200 dollars. Weekend trips are $100. International trips cost vary per year. These payments only cover a portion of the trip. The rest is generated through fundraisers. Every MAB trip does fundraising so we can keep the cost to students for each trip as low as possible. If a student raises $500 or more, we’ll refund 50% of their payment to their MyZou account. All payments are done through Student Charge on a student’s MyZou account by signing a form.
A: On the application there will be a box you select that indicates you’d like to receive a scholarship. There will be a few other questions you’ll need to answer and you’ll need to give us permission to view basic FASFA information (by checking a box on the form). After all the applications are in, we will read through the scholarship requests and offer as much aid as we can. There is no set number because the amount of funds and number of people who request a scholarship vary every year. Generally it is between $25-100 depending on need and availability of funds.
No. Unfortunately after the “Student Charge Authorization Form” is signed/submitted, we cannot give a refund for dropping out of the trip. The form specifically states this and we recommend not signing it until you are ready to “accept” your spot on the trip. There are a few reasons for the refund policy. First, each year we turn hundreds of students away because of the high number of applications we receive. By accepting the spot on the trip, a student has taken that space away from another student. Second, fundraising only covers part of the trip’s expenses. Depending on when someone drops there may not be time to replace them through our wait list (or we may not have anyone left on the wait list). We need that money to make the trip happen. Finally, and most importantly, we do not want to be in the business of deciding what is a “good” reason to drop and what is a “bad” reason. Therefore we apply the no refund rule equally to everyone who drops.
A: All around the country, you won’t know exactly where you’re going until you apply and are selected for a site. Click here
to see a map of past locations.
A: When you apply to be a volunteer, you rank your top choices of what TASK you want to do on your spring break. Then the site leaders and execs go through the pool of volunteers to decide who will work best on which trips. Then you are notified which trip you were selected for and where you’ll be going.
A: Each year students have to drop out of trips for various reasons (health, family, etc). We keep a wait list of students so we can make sure our trips are full when they depart. If a student drops, we contact the next person on the wait list. We’ve been asked before if there is an order to the list. There is and isnt. We select students to try and create a balanced trip. For example, we dont want a trip of 11 women and one man. We try to replace the dropped student with someone similar. So if a woman drops, we try to replace her with another woman. If a freshman drops, we try to replace them with another freshman. All students are notified about their application status at the same time. When the time comes, every student who was accepted, wait listed, or not selected will receive an email.
A: MAB covers most of the expenses of the trip through fundraising and participant fees. Trip expenses range from transportation, food, housing, site fees, and more food. (Seriously, college students eat a lot of food.) We rely on participants fees, a small amount of University funding and a lot of fundraisers. The average domestic week long trip costs anywhere from $2500-$4000.
A: No. This is a University sponsored event, so alcohol and drugs are prohibited at all times.
A: The well-being of our students is our number one concern. To make the trips as safe as possible we take all kinds of precautions both before the trips leave and during. First, we only rent vehicle from Enterprise and our campus fleet. These vans are well maintained and in some cases, brand new. Second, any person who is going to drive must follow to our driving policy, which is enforced by our site leaders. Drivers are not allowed to drive longer than 4 hours so as to keep the drivers fresh. Also, driving through the night (past midnight) is not permitted. Every driver has completed a driver’s training which is provided by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Per University regulations only 21 year old drivers are permitted.
Driving safety is not our only concern. We also have policies in place to make sure students are safe at their work site, in their housing and at all other times. We require at least three people be together at all times, regardless of when or where they are. Site Leaders have regular check ins with University staff members and should an emergency arise, they are instructed to notify us as soon as possible so we can advise them on what to do next. Site leaders have full control on these trips. If at anytime they feel the work that an agency is asking them to do is too dangerous, they are able to pull the students out of that situation. If a student is not complying with our policies or our site leaders we reserve the right to put that person on a plane and send them home (at their expense). This is to ensure the safety of the entire group. In the past we have also taken disciplinary measures when the students have returned with the Office of Student Conduct for violations of MAB policies. Safety is our number one concern and we do not take it lightly.
A: Yes. Over winter break we now send students on an international trip. In January we send students and an advisor to the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
A: Yes. Your trip will not pay for any “souvenirs.” (you should probably get your parents something) Also, while the trip may supply some snacks, you may want to buy a soda or something when you stop for gas. Most trips raise enough money to cover every meal, however some trips may not provide food for the drive to and from the site. You should speak to your site leader about how much is appropriate and if all the meals will be covered.
A: Absolutely. We are strong supporters of it, because without an Oxford Comma, people might be confused, perplexed, or disoriented.