AmeriCorps

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Good experience

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Former Employee - Volunteer in Indianapolis, IN
Former Employee - Volunteer in Indianapolis, IN

I worked at AmeriCorps as a contractor (less than an year)

Pros

Do things that make a serious difference.
Solid hours
Learn things everyday from others with vastly different experiences than you.

Cons

Not the most glamorous work.

Recommends

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    Americorps VISTA is idealistic and fair, but they need to screen the nonprofits they grant volunteers to more closely.

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Administrative, capacity-building experience.
    Assist volunteers with making their programs better.
    The projects can be so awesome that you want to come back another year.

    Cons

    Volunteers were more energetic about the mission than the staff.
    Supervisors that don't supervise, and see you as a gopher.
    The first few months are just getting to understand the project, but we work for 1 year.
    If people don't disrespect you as "just an intern", they treat you like you promised to fix their whole program single-handedly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please screen your nonprofits more closely. TWO nonprofits that I worked with were lazy and without any vision. They didn't understand that I was there to help them grow their farmer's market and community gardens and tried to use me as a gopher and extra set of hands for anything they wanted. "Could you watch the computer lab this afternoon? Oh, be a team player." And both of my supervisors went out of their way to ignore my progress on my actual job so that they could claim to their ED that they didn't know what I was doing.

    My 2nd supervisor didn't fill out the grant to get your support because that co-worker had quit by then, so he felt that he shouldn't have to learn what I was doing. Have you ever thought about asking for a back-up supervisor in the application? He also tried to turn in my VAD as the Year 2 VAD. He didn't even ask me to help him update it based on what I'd accomplished! Thankfully, my VISTA liaison noticed this blatant laziness and made him redo it.

    And how are volunteers able to give you feedback on VISTA's work? The community residents that ran the community gardens or were vendors at the farmer's market were far more enthusiastic and integral to my progress than either of my supervisors were. Granted, it was one--but only one--of my residents who treated me like I was there to fix everything and that she didn't have to do anything, but overall, I feel that getting the residents, volunteers, clients or what-have-you's feedback would be better than relying solely on the supervisor.

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  2.  

    I couldn't wait for the year to be over, but I've leveraged the heck out of the work I did during job interviews.

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    You'll get a good resume piece out of it. Getting to know fellow AmeriCorps members. Lots of responsibility if you like to take things on and drive projects forward. You get to say you served your country for a year. I worked under Campus Compact, and the director of the local chapter was a great resource and provided great training and advice.

    Cons

    The day-to-day of it was very tedious. I found myself board and playing games on my computer sometimes. Ideas from my supervisor threatened to change the scope of my project every so often. I lived with my parents and don't know how I would have survived on the poverty-level salary. I obviously could have, but it would not have been pleasant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more substantial and relevant training.

    Recommends
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