AmeriCorps State and National volunteers work with a number of local and national non-profit organizations and agencies committed to addressing critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps’ broad array of volunteer opportunities exist in every state in the union, as well as in U. S. territories and on tribal reservations. Volunteer stints typically last from ten months to one year and are usually full-time. Volunteers focus on working with one agency in a particular community. Volunteers typically have more flexibility in their lifestyle than some other volunteer programs and often seek out their own housing situation with the AmeriCorps living allowance.
Applications are accepted throughout the year, though the application for a particular volunteer opportunity may only be open for a few weeks or a few months. Application processes vary greatly from opportunity to opportunity. The application process is operated by the federal government, and is accordingly very lengthy and thorough. Start early and be prepared to learn your way through the system.