Why be a MiddView Leader?

Application Information

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

  • Strong commitment to creating inclusive communities
  • The ability to make decisions in tough situations
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience leading peers and practice in group management

Our expectation is that MiddView Leaders are individuals who have a commitment and sensitivity to the importance of 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.

Leader Qualifications

For more about what we are looking for in candidates click on the trip topics below:

Community Engagement

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

Vermont Explorations

Our Vermont Explorations trips travel to a wide variety of landscapes and to many different Vermont communities.  Students who are involvement in academics or student organizations that focus on arts and entertainment, science, sustainability, mindfulness and recreation activities are often great candidates for VE trips.  We’re looking for candidates with passion for developing inclusive groups and sharing our campus community with new students.  Further, students interested in connecting and creating mutually beneficially relationship with community partners are highlight encouraged to apply.

Wilderness Exploration

Interested in leading a Wilderness trip? While previous wilderness experience is helpful, it is not necessary. A sincere interest in wilderness travel principles is most important. If you’re motivated to learn, our comprehensive leader training program and tradition of peer mentoring can prepare you to lead a wilderness trip. 

Transfer and Exchange

Transfer and Exchange leaders work to welcome a unique population of students entering into our community. They create inclusive, welcoming and fun orientation experiences for transfer students and exchange (international and domestic) students. We are looking for candidates that have a desire to understand the specific needs of transfer and exchange students and an ability to develop a cohesive and connected group. 

Leader Training Requirements

Leading a group of 8-12 students is no small order.  We trust MiddView Leaders with the physical and emotional health and safety of their group members, and their co-leaders.  In order to prepare leaders for this experience we require that students participate in multiple trainings.  These trainings will take place during the spring 2017 as well as in fall of 2017.

**Please be sure to be available for the dates listed in spring and fall trainings sections below**

Spring training requirements

All Leaders

  • An all leader meeting will be held the week after spring break.
  • Any student who is eligible to obtain their college van license will be asked to complete their van training by the end of spring semester

Please see the trip topics below to see more about spring training requirements.

Community Engagement Spring Training:

Community Engagement Spring Trainings include 4, 2 hour meetings and a day of service with all Community Engagement leaders.  The emphasis is on learning about the broader community and effective community engagement.  Training topics will include:

  • Understanding of the elements that make effective community service
  • Introduction to the needs of Addison County
  • Leading peers in the community
  • Day of service and reflection within the community
  • How to participate in community service with a cultural competency framework in mind
  • Other topics as determined by the MiddView Student Trainer team

Transfer and Exchange Spring Training:

Transfer and Exchange Spring Training will include a lunch meeting with all the Transfer and Exchange leaders and the Assistant Director of Student Organizations and Orientation.

Vermont Exploration Spring Training

Vermont Exploration Spring Trainings include a meeting for all Vermont Exploration leaders, and a day of exploring Vermont and visiting MiddView community partners.  Training topics could include:

  • Introduction to the Vermont landscape
  • Leading peers in unique settings
  • Developing positive group dynamics
  • Working with community partners
  • Extra van trainings as needed
  • Other topics as determined by the MiddView Student Trainer team

Wilderness Exploration Leaders

Wilderness Exploration Spring Trainings include about 16-20 hours of training throughout spring semester for all new leaders.  Training topics could include:

  • Back country travel, map reading and navigation
  • Using and repairing camp stoves
  • Campsite selection and shelter set up
  • Group management in a wilderness settings
  • Other topics as determined by the MiddView Student Training team 
Fall training requirements (ALL LEADERS)

August 27, 2017: All WE leaders and leaders participating in Wilderness First Aid  move back

August 29, 2017:  All Wilderness leaders participate in Wilderness First Aid training or Wilderness First Aid Review and Scenarios

 August 28, 2017:  All Community Engagement, Vermont Exploration and Transfer and Exchange leaders move into fall campus housing.

August 29, 2017 All leaders in first aid workshops

August 30, 2017: All leaders go to the Common Ground Center for all leader training and the leader overnights

September 2, 2017:  All leaders return to campus

September 4 - September 7, 2017:  On campus logistical support task

September 8 - September 10, 2017: MiddView Trips!

Leader Application

Application Timeline
  • February 4 – February 22, 2017 Applications Open
  • February 23 - March 17, 2017: Review period with potential interviews
  • Before 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.”

If you have questions regarding being a trip leader please email trips@middlebury.edu

Our team is more than happy to meet with students to discuss the MiddView Trip Leader experience and your candidacy and qualifications.