Mentor/Assistant Instructor (Former Employee) – Escondido, CA – January 20, 2017
I decided to work for this company because I wanted to give back being as through this company worked with foster children, However my experience with the Children and also teaching the children I loved. However the job itself was that the children we just a number and that is something that didn't sit well with me. I became emotionally invested which i knew I would. And my bosses didn't like that. However I still tried and put my best effort into the job. eventually I had to move on. However I am still grateful that I did pursue the job.
A typical day at work would be getting greeted at the door by many students, tutoring sessions on average about 15 minutes depending on where you are placed, and overall every day is fun and exciting because of the wonderful environment you work in. I learned how to manage my time wisely and how to handle difficult situations. The hardest part of the job for me was to put in enough hours because I at the time, I was a full time mom and student, getting volunteering hours was beyond difficult. I enjoyed everyone I worked with, the good and bad, I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in the education of elementary students.
Trail Worker, National Park Service Partner (Former Employee) – Asheville, NC – January 19, 2017
This program laid down high expectations right from the beginning. Everyone was expected to give 100% from dusk until dawn, and this did not just entail trail work. At the campsite, everyone was assigned tasks in setting up and tearing down the site, making food, and cleaning for the group. This was an excellent opportunity to build a strong work ethic and work as a team.
Administrative Aide and Support (Former Employee) – East Saint Louis, IL – January 18, 2017
I had a blast working for AmeriCorps. I really liked by Supervisors, my Instructors, my secretaries, and my Principles. I was an Administrative assistant/ Teacher Assistant. Each day I was responsible for assisting with their daily task, with a big part being, assisting with classroom and child management. In liberal terms, meaning behavior, which was very helpful, concerning that about 80 percent of the staff was female. In adding, it brought its challenges. However, I had a team of parents, co-workers, friends, and colleagues, where we made it all happen, and we had fun doing so. The most memorable part about this opportunity was the time we assisted with the devastation after Hurricane Katrina. Alongside of my director and group of members of my AmeriCorps team, we headed en route to something more challenging.
Marketing & Outreach Speciliast (VISTA) (Former Employee) – JAG Az – January 17, 2017
This job was challenging but rewarding seeing the difference I made in the community I served in. It's challenging to live off of the stipend provided by the AmeriCorps program. It was a very meaningful experience for me and I would recommended it to anyone.
Community Parks Team Member (Former Employee) – New York, NY – January 17, 2017
I felt cheated in a way because I only had the chance to get one interview for one worksite which was Partnerships for Parks. Partnerships for Parks is a great organization but only for those who really love parks or don't mind working in any environment. However, Partnerships for Parks was only my assigned work site. In my opinion, Americorps/NYC Civic Corps need a lot of changes. They need to better assess the worksites that they assign their participants to. The government should also raise the stipend that is given to individuals. It is not possible to live in NYC off the little bit of money that they give people.
Overall, I would say it is still good to try if you truly wish to volunteer. Just make sure you are comfortable with the site that you are assigned to.
Corps Member (Former Employee) – McClellan, CA 95652 – January 15, 2017
AmeriCorps NCCC- FEMA Corps was the best experience! I rated compensation/benefits low because of the small living stipend. However, this program isn't about getting paid. It's about national service and helping those in the community. Also, you do get an Education award for a little over $5,000 when you graduate the program. If you're in FEMA Corps it may be a little harder to balance your work and social life if deployed on a disaster. Sometimes you're working 12 hours shifts on a disaster and I do admit that it gets tough. However, the benefits and experience completely outweigh the toughness of long hours and sometimes little sleep. In ten months, I have lived in 4 different states, traveled in 14 others and met some of the most amazing people who are forever a part of my family. I've worked in many federal facilities, partnered with voluntary agencies and networked with many people. I've experienced Easter in New Orleans, LA, Memorial Day in Austin, TX, and Fourth of July in Dallas, TX. I've seen places that I never thought I could afford to see nor did I think I'd ever want to go to. If you love to travel for free ( they pay for you airfare to your campus, gas, housing, food) and helping people, consider being a part of the AmeriFam and proudly wear that A!
paid travel, food, housing, uniforms. CPR/First Aid/AED trained. FEMA trainings, networking, memories and a family for life
Crew Leader (Former Employee) – Dubuque, IA – January 13, 2017
I worked with under served youth ages 13-17 through The Multicultural Family Center. We spent every day at a community garden learning about the importance of health and caring for our environment. On Fridays, I lead the youth with community service trips. I found it challenging to work with the youth and develop relationships, but by the end of the summer we were working together.
trail ranger (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – January 11, 2017
This job showed me how to work with others not just my coworkers but the public as well,i became a leader and a great follower, that broke me out of my shell and i became out going instead of being shy.
I got an oppurtunity to give back to the community
Literacy Coordinator (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – January 7, 2017
I enjoyed learning new skills and making a positive impact. I lived a life filled with service everyday by being a positive influence. You complete a year of community service in a community or communities that are less fortunate.
I got an oppurtunity to reach out to people of different backgrounds
The pay and money were great, but the job was not as advertised
Mathematics Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Provo, UT – January 6, 2017
The salary and the benefits included were spectacular, well above what I would expect from an equivalent job elsewhere. This being said, the expectations were higher than advertised. When I was first hired, I was assured that this job would not interfere with my school schedule. I was fine as long as I was finishing the expected deliverables. After working for about a month, many various mandatory meetings and travel trips kept coming up, the worst of these being in the middle of finals week.