Yes, basically. AmeriCorps is a national network of hundreds of programs throughout the U.S. Two of these programs are managed nationally: AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps NCCC. The other programs are under the general heading of AmeriCorps, and they are found in local and national organizations throughout the US. Depending upon your interests and availability, we can help you determine which program might be best for you.
Yes. AmeriCorps is often referred to as "the domestic Peace Corps." Both agencies are committed to service, and both offer challenging and rewarding full-time opportunities. Peace Corps assignments are all overseas, and AmeriCorps members serve only in the US. While Peace Corps Volunteers serve for two years, a stint in AmeriCorps usually lasts 10 months to one year. (Some AmeriCorps projects also offer part-time opportunities, and some AmeriCorps members serve more than one term of service.)
Some programs have specific skill requests in certain areas, and others look for a bachelor's degree or a few years of related volunteer/job experience. For others, your motivation and commitment may be the primary requirement.
Anyone age 17 or older is eligible to serve in an AmeriCorps State or National program. The minimum age for AmeriCorps VISTA is 18, and NCCC AmeriCorps Corps members must be between 18 and 24 years old.
You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member. FEMA Corps Members must be U.S. citizens.
The time commitment varies, from ten months to a year, depending upon your project. Most assignments are full-time, but there are some part-time service opportunities available.
For all AmeriCorps programs, members receive a modest living allowance, and some programs provide housing. You may not save much money during your year of service, but most members find the living allowance to be adequate to cover their needs. AmeriCorps members who complete a term of service also receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.
(excerpted from the AmeriCorps pledge)
AmeriCorps alumni can stay engaged in service and also receive great benefits by joining AmeriCorps Alums. It is the only national network that connects the nearly one million alumni of all AmeriCorps programs who have served since 1994 (including an estimated 80,000 new alumni each year) to the people, ideas, and resources that support their commitment to a lifetime of service.
Find an existing chapter: http://www.americorpsalums.org/?ActiveChapters
Start a Chapter: http://www.americorpsalums.org/?StartAChapter