AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers live and serve to fight poverty in some of our nation’s poorest urban and rural areas. VISTAs serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to create and/or expand programs that fight illiteracy, improve health services, strengthen community groups, and bring communities and individuals out of poverty. Rather than providing services directly to low-income individuals and communities, VISTAs strengthen and support organizations by building infrastructure, expanding community partnerships, securing long-term resources, and coordinating training for participants so that your work continues to serve the needs of the community even after your support has ended.
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.