heldunderwater said: Hey I've been wanting to do something similar to what you've done with Americorps! Was the process of applying hard? And was it hard to be accepted? Thank you!
HI! The application process for AmeriCorps NCCC is 98% online, there’s a couple references, a quick phone interview that consists of several yes/no questions (ex: would you be willing to leave your home/family for a ten month period?), and some mail-in paperwork and background check. Pretty simple, the part that makes it hard to be accepted is the fact that there are so many applicants. They basically have a pool of people who are “accepted” and then randomly choose from that as to who is actually invited to serve. Its a lot of waiting involved so back-up plans are encouraged. I applied twice before getting in. The first time I was wait-listed, waited through the summer and then decided that I needed to go to school for the year..When I finally served, I met people who had just been notified of their acceptance a few weeks or even days before the term of service began.
hope this helps!
Here is the last photo I will post on my AmeriCorps NCCC blog. It has been a wild ride!…
Step outside of your comfort zone in order to reach the higher plane of existence!
Bison fire. 25,000 acres. 10 days. Pushing all personal boundaries and limits, the most incredible experience I’ve had to date
Currently fighting the Bison fire in Carson city, Nevada. We worked through the night of the fourth of july, a 12 hour shift from 9pm to 9am digging line around the fire, cutting trees, and other efforts to contain the flames. slept on a dirt road for about 30 minutes before heading back down the mountain this morning. Luckily the Bureau of Land Management has put us up in a hotel for today and tonight to recover. This is the craziest, most dangerous, intense, and mentally/physically challenging experience I have ever been through and I’m relishing in every moment of it. More cool pics and details to come later. My term with americorps NCCC ends in about 2.5 weeks :)
Berry picking on a beautiful Saturday in Camino, CA with a teammate of mine and a couple helitack crew members
Here’s some teammates hanging out at University Falls in Georgetown, CA.
In this picture you can see a rainstorm over desolation wilderness in the distance behind me. We watched as lightening strikes hit that area of the forest.