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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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Pros
  • It's also a really nice way to explore the world of non-profit work (in 60 reviews)

  • Working with an organization that strives to make a difference in communities (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • The living stipend is pretty dismal (in 44 reviews)

  • You are paid below the minimum wage (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Love this organization!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA Leader in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA Leader in Denton, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    When done well, VISTA work has the ability to effect real change within communities.

    Cons

    It's easy for a project or site to be mismanaged, basically wasting a year of resources and personnel time.


  2. "VISTA"

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    I got volunteering out of my system.

    Cons

    The work goals are nebulous and not clearly defined, so the "contractual" agreement you sign may be void to the point of being a scam. You are very often given menial work and work you never agreed to perform. You work very hard for no pay and little appreciation, and can easily end up working for people who are less qualified than you and threatened by your presence. The work rarely transfers into a full-time position, and if it does it is in a very remote and low-income local.There is virtually no recourse for problems you may be facing, and are left to cope on your own with things as severe as harassment, under-utilization, and extreme overwork.

    Advice to Management

    Make this program honest and accountable. Demand host sites are trained and informed regarding AmeriCorps, and have written a factual job description.Insist that host sites treat volunteers as the very special resource they are, instead of a cheap labor source. Institute program over-site, protect your volunteer assets, and provide recourse for your dedicated AmeriCorps volunteers when things go amiss.

  3. "Vista"

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    Former Employee - Academic Tutor in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Academic Tutor in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rewarding working with children
    Great opportunity and experience if you want to get into the education field.
    Relationships built with teachers
    Helping the community

    Cons

    not enough pay living on stipend


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Debatable"

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    Former Employee - Community Resource Coordinator in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Community Resource Coordinator in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience, connections, easy to be accepted

    Cons

    Living stipend, lack of supervision, training workshops, support

    Advice to Management

    The living stipend is honhestly a joke. You're supposed to live below the poverty range so you can "relate" to the people you are working for, hoewever, this technique is NOT going to teach anyone about living in poverty. The stipend is poverty tourism. Despite being paid below minimum wage, you're not actually "experiencing" what it's like to be in poverty if you already have the advantages of graduating from college, having previous internships, not having a family, owning a car, not having dependents, and getting the full amount of local SNAP eligibility.
    The stipend is just a way to underpay and overwork volunteers to the government.


  5. "valuable the experience"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Denver, CO

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful, passionate people that want to do good in the world.

    Cons

    Stipend salary, communal living conditions.


  6. "Great Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides great foundation for career in whatever field you want to go in

    Cons

    The pay stipend is really low


  7. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AmeriCorps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get more experience in whatever position you apply for. More than you thought you would.

    Cons

    Not paid nearly enough, due to living stipend.

    Advice to Management

    increase pay.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "4-H CAPITAL AmeriCorps"

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    Current Employee - 4-H CAPITAL Afterschool Instructor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - 4-H CAPITAL Afterschool Instructor in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a very supportive environment - this is coming from somebody with no real experience in a teaching environment. This position benefits from being in education without the pressure of having tests, worksheets, state standard requirements. We are encouraged to be innovative and creative in lesson planning and that in turns allows the kids we teach to be innovative and creative in their learning

    Cons

    Living on a stipend is certainly a challenge and does not allow for much flexibility for emergency, travel, or exploration of the city


  9. "I loved & helped with tutoring, and teaching the kids. Stopped working for them in 2006."

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I made great friends, not only with the teachers, co-workers and parents. But also the children. Learning to let go each year, of the kids was difficult for me. I also worked for the school district, so I had had a different idea than the other AmeriCorp workers. Mine was a bit harder, and I enjoyed my role.

    Cons

    My roles were a bit different in each group, since I worked two separate positions. One job in the school district and one in the after school district for AmeriCorp. So that could make it difficult for me sometimes. My leaders, as they were called would be frustrated by my being used to one way, as I was ready for one position and I would forget that it was for another position. Getting old is a "pain" correct? As they say?

    Advice to Management

    Be patient is all I can say!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good experience depending on host site"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Americorps VISTA Member in Minot, ND
    Current Employee - Americorps VISTA Member in Minot, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing once in a lifetime opportunities
    Meet many influential people
    Help fight for a cause you care about
    Good resume booster

    Cons

    Low stipend (some host sites offer free housing or cars to help with burden)
    Inconsistent work day (you may be extremely busy and stressed for weeks then stuck with nothing to do for weeks)
    Unattentive host site

    Advice to Management

    Work with host site before VISTAs arrive to ensure expectations are know.
    Trust in the ability of the VISTA, but offer support in any capacity needed as this is usually their first full-time job.
    Be upfront and direct of expectations and goals before offering the position.


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