COVID-19: Essential Information

MiddView Trip Leader Applicant Information

Each year, the MiddView team selects over 150 Middlebury students with a broad range of skills and experiences to serve as our orientation trip leaders. We strive to build a leader team that represents the diversity of our campus community, and to provide them the training and support they need to succeed in this challenging and rewarding role. Successful applicants will have:

  • Strong commitment to creating inclusive communities
  • Experience leading peers and managing groups
  • Ability to make sound decisions in what are occasionally difficult situations
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Our expectation is that MiddView Leaders are commited to diversity and inclusion. Qualified applicants will have a sincere desire to work effectively with ethnically, culturally, and socially diverse populations. If you cannot commit to this expectation, please let us know before completing your application.

MiddView Trip Leader Qualifications

Many of our trips travel to and engage with a wide variety of Vermont communities and landscapes. We’re looking for candidates who are passionate about both sharing our campus community with new students and learning about the broader community. Applicants should be prepared to foster small peer groups via shared experience, and to facilitate opportunities for intentonal reflection during this time of transition.

Further, students interested in environmental stewardship and creating mutually beneficial relationships with community partners are encouraged to apply. Certain other candidate qualifications are helpful for trips having a specialized training focus, as below: 

Trips with a Community Engagement Component

Previous experience leading peers in community-based volunteer activities or a strong personal background in community service and volunteer work is helpful. Strong applicants also include students who have a passion for social justice, eagerness to learn about the needs of the greater Middlebury community and the desire to thoughtfully reflect on their experiences.

Trips with a Backcountry Travel Component

Interested in leading a trip in the backcountry? While previous outdoor trip leading experience is helpful, it is not required. A sincere interest in learning and implementing backcountry travel principles is most important. If you’re committed to attending the required training dates and are motivated to learn, our comprehensive leader training program and tradition of peer mentoring can prepare you to lead a backcountry trip. 

Trips with a Vermont Explorations Component

From trail work and bike riding to cultural experiences, cooking and dancing, the options presented through Vermont Explorations are many and varied.

Trips for Transfer and Exchange Students

Strong Transfer and Exchange Trip applicants will be transfer students themselves, international students, or students who have recently studied abroad. We’re looking for students who have past experience leading groups, a passion for sharing Middlebury resources and a desire to create an inclusive community for new transfer/exchange students.


MiddView Trip Leader Training Requirements

Although your own MiddView Trip Leader may have made it look easy, leading a group of 8-12 students is no small order! We trust our leaders with the physical and emotional health and well-being of their group members and their co-leaders - and we know you want to trust in your co-leader as well. In order to prepare leaders for this experience, we require that they participate in multiple trainings, based on the specific skill set they need to cover.

Important training sessions take place in both the spring and in the fall.

**Please make sure you are available for and committed to attending the Spring and Fall Training Dates as listed below**

Spring 2020 Important Trip Leader Training Dates

New Leader Training
This training is required for all first time Middivew Trip Leaders. Choose one.

  • Tuesday, April 7 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday April 8  6 - 8 p.m.

Outdoor Explorations Trip Leader Training
Required for all OE Trip leaders.

Skill Specific Training in the FIC, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Choose two of the three:

  • April 14 (navigation)
  • April 21 (campsite selection and shelters)
  • April 28 (stove repair)

Leaders will also choose one of the two Saturdays to lead an outdoor trip with peers:

  • April 18 OR May 2

Vermont Explorations Trip Leader Training
Required for all VE Trip Leaders.

  • April 16 & 23 - 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Community Engagement Trip Leader Training
Required for all new CE Trip Leaders and highly encouraged for returning CE leaders.

  • Monday, April 13 - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 14 - 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • Day of Service - April 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Transfer & Exchange Trip Leader Training
Required for all TE Trip Leaders.

  • April Lunch (TBD)

Driver Training
Required for all leaders who do not have College Van License.

  • Wednesday April 8th from 4:30-6 PM in Axinn 232
  • Monday April 20th from 4:30-6 PM in Axinn 232


Fall 2020 Important Trip Leader Training Dates

Sunday, August 30, 2020: All Outdoor Leaders return to campus for Monday and Tuesday backcountry emergency medicine training.

Monday, August 31, 2020: All CE, VE, T&E leaders return to campus.

September 1 - 7 Leader Training Week

Monday, September 7- Thursday, September 10, 2020:  Logistics and Trips Preparation 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020:  Prep Rally!

September 11 - September 13, 2020: MiddView Trips!

MiddView Trip Leader 2020 Application Timeline

  • January 21– February 21: Applications are open
  • February 21- March 6: Review period with potential interviews
  • March 13:  Positions offered to qualified candidates
  • March 20: Deadline to accept Trip Leader position
MiddView Leader Testimonials

Here is what past leaders have to say about their experience:

“I found it a very rewarding experience that really reminded me of some of the things I love about Middlebury. It's a great way to be connected to the incoming freshman class.  It was so satisfying to watch 12 random freshman go from complete strangers with each other (and us leaders) to close friends who were willing to share their stories.” 

“MiddView was also great training for team work and leadership, and I enjoyed meeting new students, professors and staff that I had not met before. It was also a great time to explore more of Vermont and show the new students some of the things that there are to do around campus.  Overall, it was a great experience!”

“I think being a leader is such a positive experience for anyone. At times the role places you out of your comfort zone, but it always feels so rewarding to have a group of first years who really rely on you.”

Get in Touch!

If you have questions regarding being a MiddView Trip Leader, please email

Our team loves meeting with students to answer questions and discuss the MiddView Trip Leader experience! Thank you for your interest!