AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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AmeriCorps Director Rosie K. Mauk
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Pros
  • Your are connected with a lot of like minded people and can build relationships within the non-profit community (in 25 reviews)

  • You get money towards student loans/school (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • living within the budget set by the living stipend (in 18 reviews)

  • It depends on the non-profit that hires you (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Amazing experience, little reward after

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Vinton, IA
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Vinton, IA

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    With NCCC, I got to travel to parts of the country I would have never visited otherwise. I visited cities I never thought I'd see. I was taught and used new skills to help people in ways I didn't think I'd be able to. I made lifelong friendships with teammates and other corps members I never would have met otherwise. It's an amazing experience for people in a transitionary point in there lives, such as just out of high school or college, and trying to figure out what to do next.

    Cons

    Like everyone else has mentioned, the stipend is tiny. I also had a really hard time getting paid back for the interest that accrued on my student loans and in receiving my education award. I spent hours on the phone with the Corporation for National & Community Service, my loan providers, and the student loan ombudsman to get it all worked out. It was figured out eventually, but I wasn't able to use the education award until one year after I finished NCCC. It also took me a year to find a steady job after I left.

    Advice to Management

    Less bureaucracy, more help finding work after AmeriCorps.


  2. Reading tutor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Elementary Tutor
    Former Contractor - Elementary Tutor

    I worked at AmeriCorps as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Loved helping the students and working with them. Watching them succeed weekly was fulfilling. Liked the school day hours. Hours were hard to fulfill extended part time.

    Cons

    Negative training, and help for first time volunteer. Internal coach was to busy and gave wrong advice in which affected the outcome of students


  3. AmeriCorps Teacher

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience working with youth. Gave me the opportunity to learn much about the education world.

    Cons

    The money is pretty bad.

    Advice to Management

    provide greater member training.


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  5. Depends on where you do it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Provides experience in difficult environments

    Cons

    Unworkable stipend for part-timers, especially in high cost areas like the SF Bay Area.


  6. Be sure to do your research

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader
    Current Employee - Team Leader

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They provide housing, food allowance, and a living stipend. Your basic needs will always be covered. You learn to be grateful for the things you have in life.

    Cons

    You are not always treated as an adult. When traveling to different projects, housing may range from a nice cabin to sleeping in cots in a church room floor. You never know what you're going to get. This is a full time live-in program. You are kind of always on the clock.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more responsible corps members if you want to avoid issues. Let corps members go when they cause issues. Make them take responsibility for their actions (not the Team Leaders) and that way everyone can be treated as an adult.


  7. FEMA Corps Member

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at AmeriCorps as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Travel, experience with FEMA, scholarship opportunities, room and board paid for

    Cons

    Long hours, underpaid, strict rules/policies

    Advice to Management

    Let us relax a little


  8. AmeriCorps Member

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Great experience for the resume for next job

    Cons

    Limited pay to volunteers, limited support


  9. Need to care a lot about the work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Direct service with population I cared about, some staff support was great, really liked other AmeriCorps members

    Cons

    Health center worked through was poorly run, staff and coworkers not supportive, LOW monthly stipend, had to volunteer on weekends to ensure I had enough hours

    Advice to Management

    Raise the stipend! It is almost impossible to survive in NYC on $1,000 a month.


  10. AmeriCorps Mentor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Americorps Mentor in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Americorps Mentor in Bakersfield, CA

    I worked at AmeriCorps (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Don't have to pay school loans.
    Great stepping stone into education/similar field job.

    Cons

    Don't stick to the contract.
    Make sudden changes.
    Say not to confuse this with a "job" but instead service, yet treat you like a full - time worker who doesn't even make minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the holes in the contract and structure of the program.


  11. AmeriCorps - WA Reading Corps

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing work environment
    Supportive Staff
    Love being inside the school and classroom

    Cons

    Very low pay, lots of hours to work



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