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Americorps

May - August 2022 • Oswego, NY

What I liked

I enjoyed creating schedules, working with children, interpreting curriculum and feeling as though I was making a difference.

What I wish was different

Advice

I would tell other students looking to serve in Americorps that though you will be faced with struggles, you will come out of it wiser and stronger.
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Waukesha Free Clinic Summer VISTA 2023

May - August 2023 • Waukesha, WI

What I liked

It was a great experience. I love the clinic, the message the clinic had, the employees, the work that we did there, and more! It was an extremely educational and great immersive experience. It was a wonderful opportunity and I recommend it to all.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

This is a great opportunity, especially if you're interested in Public health or Healthcare related fields.
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Climate Resilience Fellow

May - August 2023 • Faribault, MN

What I liked

My favorite part of my internship experience was getting to go out to communities and offer them support. It is so important to make sure that everyone has the accessibility to all areas of healthcare. I love getting to see the difference I can make in someone’s life. I was also able to talk to patients in Spanish and help them schedule some appointments.

What I wish was different

The most challenging part of my internship was attendance at outreach events. We would struggle to get community members and patients to come to the events we hosted at the office or in the garden. Throughout the summer I learned how to properly do outreach and make flyers, but there seemed to be a lack of community engagement sometimes. It is hard to make this work with everyone’s schedule so that would be something to keep in mind for next time.

Advice

I would advise students to ask questions! Ask questions and learn as much as you can about the topics that interest you. Seek out organizations that will benefit the most from your passions and skills.
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Camp Counselor

May - August 2022 • Dallas, TX

What I liked

Working with the kids, especially with most of them being Hispanic.

What I wish was different

I wish the program was more summer camp and less summer school.

Advice

If you want to be a teacher and learn lesson plans, this is the program for you.
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AmeriCorps

May 2022 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

I enjoy providing service to residents to make their homes more safe to live in. The service includes Home Safety items such as smoke, door alarms, vacuums, air filters, humidifiers, etc. as well as filters and faucet mounts to filter drinking water. On another note, I enjoy working with other members on clean-up projects in which we clean areas with much debris and vegetation.

What I wish was different

I feel that more cleanups around the cities can be done since many areas of the city are old and need much repair as far as cleaning. This will ensure the safety of children traveling to school as well as people who enjoy walking along the city sidewalks.

Advice

The advice I would share is to always be prepared for any project that would be done on a given day. There's so much variety to what service can do for people and there are always individuals who need assistance so it is vital to just always stay on top of one's own toes.
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Conservation Corps Crew Member

May - August 2023 • Green Bay, WI

What I liked

I really liked the skills that I learned during this job. (Invasive Species Identification, folliar spraying, working with others, self motiviation).

What I wish was different

Advice

You are going to go through some ups and downs, but just know that if you work hard you are doing great. You are making a difference even if you do not see it immediately.
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Summer Vista

May - August 2023 • Cleveland, TN

What I liked

I liked where I was placed with the boys and girls club

What I wish was different

I could have made more just working with the boys and girls club.

Advice

Communicate your desires and worries before taking the position.
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Reading Tutor

May - August 2022 • Duluth, MN

What I liked

Working remotely, getting to know my students, stipend payments

What I wish was different

Management and upper-executive accommodations for students and families

Advice

Probably take another job with this or just do something else entirely
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Corps Member

June - August 2022 • Denver, CO

What I liked

I loved being outdoors and making a difference in the community. I also loved being able to travel and explore areas of the United States that I would have otherwise not been exposed to. I learned and grew more during this experience than I ever thought I was going to.

What I wish was different

There is not much I would have changed about my experience. I had a great team and worked on a great project in an amazing part of the country. The only thing I wish had been different were some parts of our training. It could have been more concise to give us more time at our project sites.

Advice

It can be overwhelming to move to a different part of the country, not knowing anyone or anything about your new home. My advice is to just go for it and to embrace every opportunity that you are presented with. Discomfort is not always a bad thing - it leads to growth and learning.
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Tutor

September 2021 - July 2022 • Inez, KY

What I liked

Very Understanding and great mentors, and bosses!

What I wish was different

Could have been a little more structured and ‘hands on’

Advice

If offered the job, go for it!
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Energy Express Educator

June - August 2022 • Danville, WV

What I liked

The environment, my boss, and being around my coworkers. It was a very easy-going environment, which helped considering that we were caring for children for the entirety of the summer.

What I wish was different

Americorps system of hiring, the training, and their organization. They were not as prepared as they had been for the previous years.

Advice

Only do this job if you like or can take care of school-aged children. You are around children from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Monday-Friday. It’s a demanding job, but worth it. It is useful if you are planning to be a future elementary educator, will give you a good experience in the field.
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summer intern

June - August 2022 • Dallas, TX

What I liked

Getting to work with kids and making connections.

What I wish was different

I wish there would have been much better training or preparation for worst-case scenarios. Thankfully I didn't have any during my internship but it would have been good to have the training.

Advice

One piece of advice would be to get ready to be on your feet all day and to take a quick mental break when needed.
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Environmental Educator

July - August 2020 • Iowa City, IA

What I liked

I got to teach kids a area of study that I am passionate about.

What I wish was different

I wish I signed a longer contract

Advice

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Summer Reads VISTA

June - August 2019 • Kerkhoven, MN

What I liked

I loved working one-on-one with young students. I really was able to make a direct impact and help these students improve their reading abilities. I loved all the resources, training and support given to me by my employer and coworkers.

What I wish was different

As a Summer Reads VISTA, I was given new training every Friday. I felt that the training was helpful; but It would have been good to know the information earlier. It felt to late to receive the information.

Advice

If you are having trouble with a specific student, I would say, don’t be afraid to ask for help. This position came with such a great support system who are all there to help you do the best job you can.
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Interpretive Park Ranger

May - August 2019 • Marion, VA

What I liked

Supportive environment with a lot of information available at request and as provided.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to serve longer.

Advice

Bond with the fellow Americorps people, they will help you do the sometimes confusing reports due.
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Americorps Service Member

May - August 2019 • Grinnell, IA

What I liked

Getting to learn about the community I am living in and combat education disparities within it

What I wish was different

Advice

It’s an amazing experience
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Academic Intervention Specialist

February - July 2019 • Oakland, CA

What I liked

Helping better the community. Field trips Beautification projects Open opportunities to create and collaborate on your own projects.

What I wish was different

Better training to deal with difficult students.

Advice

Be prepared too budget well because the stipend is not much. Make the best of your time and the students'.
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Americorp VISTA Summer Associate

June - August 2019 • Greeley, CO

What I liked

This job was a rewarding experience to help reduce poverty in my community. It was fun, fulfilling, and taught me many new skills!

What I wish was different

Advice

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Counselor

June - July 2019 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

I interacted with students and learned how to create a close bond with them.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have completed the program. I couldn't complete it due to a family emergency out of Buffalo.

Advice

Always be transparent with your supervisor. Treat students with care and respect if you want it reciprocated.
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Teaching English as a Second Language

June - August 2019 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

The Jump Start program is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door with the refugee community in Buffalo. This past summer was my third summer participating in the program and I love it more and more each summer. I love how much experience you can gain through the program. If you are involved in intercultural studies, or education in any way or have a serving heart and mind- this opportunity is for you.

What I wish was different

Team dynamics were a little tough this past summer but it's different each summer.

Advice

Go in with an open heart and open mind. Don't expect your time to be your own. It's an intense 8 week program. Evenings/ weekends are NOT your own. You get 3000$ and a 1200$ scholarship... It's good money for 2 months but you have to be willing to be flexible and ready for anything that comes your way.
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