Applications for the 2016 - 2017 Miner Challenge Season are open!

Learn more about applying to Miner Challenge on our Application_Information page!

International Trip and Scholarship Application (Due September 26th @ 11:59pm):

Domestic Trip and Scholarship Application (Due October 10th @11:59pm):

2017 Trip Social Issues and Locations:

Winter Break, January 3rd - 13th, 2017 (International 10 Day):

Focus: Water Access & Sustainability
Location: Santa Julia, Nicaragua


Spring Break, March 25th - April 1st, 2017 (Domestic 7 Day):

Focus: Disaster Relief
Location: San Marcos, Texas

Focus: Hunger & Homelessness
Location: Biloxi, Mississippi

Focus: Environmental Restoration
Location: Davy Crockett National Forest


Spring Break, March 25th - 29th, 2017 (Domestic 5 Day):

Focus: Animal Welfare
Location: Chicago Ridge, Illinois


Summer Break, May 17th - 31st, 2017 (Domestic 14 Day):

Focus: Environmental Restoration & Cultural Awareness
Location: Anchorage Alaska



Welcome to Miner Challenge

Miner Challenge is Missouri S&T's Alternative Break program. Every year, students engage in immersive volunteer experiences across the U.S. and Internationally.  Participants bond with a small team throughout the year while they develop leadership skills, gain awareness of social issues, and work to improve communities.  The experience culminates with an alternative break service trip that lasts between 5-14 days.

2016-17 UPDATES

  • The two student Miner Challenge Mentors and Program Administrator have chosen 6 great Trip Leaders for our 2016-17 program!  Read more about them on our "Meet the Team" page!
    • Andrew Embrey
    • Elizabeth Oberley
    • Michael Janke
    • Loya VanOrder
    • Mikaela Mockenhaupt
    • Sven Olberg
  • The Trip Leaders are diligently working on researching the social issues, community partners, and locations for this coming year's trips!  Announcements will be made at the start of the fall semester!

Participant Applications for the 2016-17 Miner Challenge Alternative Break Program will open on Monday, September 12th!  International applications will close on Monday, September 26th, and Domestic applications will close on Monday, October 10th.  Keep an eye out!


If you are interested in finding out more about Miner Challenge please explore our website, or contact one of our Miner Challenge Mentors:

Jonathan Colgan -

Nathan Compton -

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