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 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 2019 Important Trip Leader Training Dates

Trip Leader Training

  • Building Community (New Trip Leaders): Choice of either Tuesday, April 9 or Wednesday, April 10, 4:30-6:30 pm in Wilson Hall
  • Leadership and Restorative Practices (New Trip Leaders): Choice of either Monday, April 22 or Wednesday, April 24, 4:30-6:30 pm in Wilson Hall
  • Driver Training for ALL leaders who are eligible to obtain their College Van Driver's License: Choice of either Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30-8:00 pm in Axinn 229, or Tuesday, April 23 from 4:30-6:00 pm in Axinn 229. At the end of this training, leaders will schedule their road test, to be completed by the end of spring semester.
  • Transfer and Exchange Trip Leader Lunch: Date and Location TBD  

Additional Spring Training for Community Engagement Trip Leaders

Training for All Community Engagement Leaders: Monday, April 15 from 4:30-6:30 pm in the Center for Community Engagement

Field Day of Service and Reflection for All Community Engagement Leaders: Saturday, April 13, Community Engagement Trip Leaders will learn about effective community service through such topics as:

  • Introduction to the Needs of Addison County
  • Leading Peers in the Community Setting
  • Cultural Competency Framework 
  • Other topics as determined by the MiddView Training Team


Fall 2019 Important Trip Leader Training Dates

Sunday, August 25, 2019: All Backcountry Trip Leaders return and move into Fall Campus Housing. They will have mandatory Wilderness First Aid and/or Herd Leader Training, which runs 8:30 am-5:30 pm, 8/26 and 8/27. 

Monday, August 26, 2019: All leaders required to have current First Aid and CPR Certification return to campus on Labor Day. They will have First Aid and CPR from 8:30-5:30 on Tuesday, 8/27.Those leaders having current First Aid and CPR certifications have until 2:00 pm on Tuesday, 8/27 to move in.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019:  All remaining Trip Leaders return move into their Fall housing by 2:00 pm.

Wednesday August 28, 2019: Mandatory Workshops for All Leaders

Thursday August 29 - Saturday, August 31, 2019: Community Partner Site Visits and Leader Overnights

Sunday, September 1, 2019: Day of Rest, All Leaders

Monday, September 2-Wednesday, September 4, 2019: Further trip preparation and final training including Leader Choice Conference. 

Wednesday, September 4: Prep Rally!

Thursday, September 5: New Student Gear Issue and Fresh Food Shopping 

Friday, September 6 - September 8, 2019: MiddView Trips!

MiddView Trip Leader Application Timeline

  • February 1 – February 28, 2019: Applications are open
  • March 1 - March 15, 2018: Review period with potential interviews
  • By Spring Break:  Positions offered to qualified candidates
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 trips@middlebury.edu

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