The interview process is like any other job, but you will be interviewed both by the site that you will serve at and the umbrella AmeriCorps organization you will serve under. Expect the same interview process that you would applying to a different job.
What is the vacation policy like at AmeriCorps? How many vacation days do you get per year?
It depends on the length of time you are serving! If you are serving a 1700 hour position, typically these are 12 month positions, you get ten days of personal leave and ten days of sick leave. Other hour commitments, typically 300, 600, and 900 hour positions, have varying personal and sick leave policies.
Not very often but if you have a higher ranking position than a Corps Member, the possibilities are endless. You can also move in the ranks if you want to.
Is it possible to receive an assignment within your own community or at least locally? I have a husband and young children that I would not want to relocate. Is it possible to be able to stay in your own home or do you have to live on some type of campus?
It is possible but the chances are slim. If he decided to join the program then he will have to live on the campus. Plus he will be doing a lot of traveling that requires him to live in other states. I'm only speaking on behalf of the volunteer portion for this program. I'm not speaking in terms of full or part-time employment that they offer separately.
If you were in charge, what would you do to make AmeriCorps a better place to work?
First off i would increase the pay. Second i would shorten the hours because i had to do 9 hours a day. That's too much. 8 hours maximum. And i would make sure everyone that participates have guaranteed employment of some sort because trying to find a job afterwards is a headache
I'm a completely available, energetic, 56 y/o female. I would LOVE to change direction in my life and become a volunteer with AmeriCorp. I have no idea how to get started and would love to communicate with someone who can provide directional support in getting started. I have an Assoc. Degree in Bus Adm. but really want to do the hands-on volunteer work. I'm also available for relocation. A phone number or email would be most appreciative.
With Americorps, you really need to find the right program that will take you. Some programs have cut-off ages, and most make you experience some level of poverty. Americorps is often glorified and romanticized: there are plenty of different ways to get involved with your community that does not make you financially suffer and throw your work/life balance out of whack!
Largely, this depends on the program you are applying for. It is not, however it will benefit you to have previous volunteer experience.