Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Laura Espino, People & Operations Manager at Education Outside, an organization that sparks children’s interest in science and connects them to the natural world through hands-on learning in school gardens.
AmeriCorps represents a great way to get hands-on learning in a cause you care about. As a current AmeriCorps member, I’m excited to offer a few tips and insights that I think will help you before you apply.
Committing to a period of national service in a field you feel passionate about is a great way to explore the nonprofit sector, gain new skills, and meet like-minded people.
You can’t just be optimistic and trust everything’s going to work out. Things cost money. There’s this understanding, if there weren’t services out there, if there weren’t other people out there in the same boat, I wouldn’t survive.
It’s December, and that means that your service term is nearly half over, or you’ve been out for a couple of months. You’re probably thinking about the end of the year, and what your career might have in store for 2014.
I believed at the time my year in AmeriCorps, in a nonprofit, would be “just a stepping stone”… I hadn’t considered what other possibilities service could open up. Here’s what I learned.
My AmeriCorps experience transformed how I saw myself, my career, and my goals. However, I’ve found out the hard way that life after AmeriCorps service is not what I expected, nor has it been easy.
So: The numbers say AmeriCorps is going to work for me, but they might not have if it weren’t for the cheap rent I’m sharing with my boyfriend or the generosity of my parents.
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