Young and positive work environment with minimal employee benefits
Corps Member (Former Employee) – Silicon Valley, CA – May 28, 2013
Daily instruction, progress monitoring, classroom management, coaching and mentoring of students. Learned how to give and receive consistent feedback, work hard for low pay, delegate tasks, manage behaviors, lead a classroom. Management was not available often but gave many responsibilities to staff which provided leadership opportunities. Co-workers were incredible! Diligent and dedicated to working for a transformative education organization in an inner city middle school. Hardest part of job was minimal employee benefits. Most enjoyable part of job was daily tutoring with students and participating in the changing culture of the lowest performing middle school in East Side San José!
Positive work culture, committed staff, professional networking
Resident Services Health Education Specialist (Former Employee) – Boise, ID – July 18, 2017
Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA I got the chance to pay off my student loans or use the money towards continuing education. I also got a non-competitive eligibility after serving a full year term which will help me find a job within my degree field after my year of service. Overall it was a great experience, however having a family who depend on my income and only making a living stipend made things difficult and stressful at times.
I could not ask for better people to be around. Whether training, serving, or socializing over lunch, this is absolutely the FINEST group of individuals I have ever had the privilege of meeting. If one person has a need, the group is often able to assist in some way, and advice, support, and suggestions are always there. The stipend could be a little better, of course, but it does come fairly close to covering personal expenses related to serving the host organizations or commuting to the office. The stipend is definitely NOT a livable amount, however, so be aware that this cannot be expected to cover living expenses.
Tutor/Volunteer (Current Employee) – Birmingham, AL – July 17, 2017
I would definitely recommend to someone who is need for a career start especially any one interested in pursuing education. I also encourage anyone who is need of a gap opportunity while still ttrying to decide your path.
Corps Member (Former Employee) – Vicksburg, MS – July 13, 2017
I was really passionate to be of service to the people and the community. And the travel was something I really enjoyed and would love to continue. Meeting different personalities while doing my service year was quite interesting.
FEMA Corps Member (Former Employee) – Sacramento, CA – July 13, 2017
The term is totally not how they sell it, so watch out for that. The travel was cool, and the bonds you make with people are great too. the work is not watch you expect usually, and if it is you are pretty lucky. Just do your research before going into it. Not on their website but from people who have actually done the program. they will give you more insight than anything the Americorps website will ever say.
bonds with people, travel, paid housing
long work hours, short breaks, almost no health coverage, very little living stipend, poverty level food budget, poor housing conditions and in typically bad neighborhoods
AmeriCorps Team Member (Former Employee) – Hoopa, CA – July 13, 2017
If you like being in a rich culture both with the Native Americans or The environmental specialist who train you. Whether its just cutting grass or going on disaster travel, its pretty much an adventure.
Crew Member (Former Employee) – Santa Cruz, CA – July 12, 2017
Great opportunity to get started working for a government agency and I enjoyed working outdoors at a variety of national parks. The work was very tough and pay was basically a small stipend. 10 hour days were worked often.
Great to do right after high school or taking a year off from college.
Tutor/Mentor (Former Employee) – Dallas, TX – July 11, 2017
Extremely challenging and rewarding experience. Extremely big on culture. You learn a lot of patience and develop skills you didn't know you had. The most enjoyable part of the job is the small moments you have with your students, that let you your work is not in vain.