AmeriCorps VISTA and the Career Center have started a partnership to help students learn more about the opportunities to serve as an AmeriCorps Vista member and the benefits provided after service. VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service To America, and AmeriCorps VISTA members contribute their skills, talents, and motivation to change the lives of people in their hometown or in a community across the country. As a VISTA member, you can make a tangible difference in people's lives while earning invaluable professional experience.
UVA is one of only eight universities in Virginia to have a dedicated AmeriCorps Vista staff member available to meet with interested students and community members and assist with the application process.
Since 1965, AmeriCorps VISTA members (Volunteers in Service to America) have brought their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help alleviate poverty. Each year, over 8,500 AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as catalysts for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.
In addition to the reward of serving your country and giving back, the benefits of service are included:
- Student loan deferment
- Skills and training
- Living allowance
- Limited health benefit options
- Education Award upon completion of service to help pay for college, graduate school, or vocational training, or to repay student loans
- Career opportunities with leading employers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors