So, I started looking into Americorps shortly after I left college, but I kind of stopped for awhile when I finally managed to secure a part-time job. But lately I've been going back to it, and I really do want to join. I love travel and helping people, and I'm hoping something like Americorps can help me figure out what I really want to do with my life. I'd love to do Americorps starting in the fall, but should I skip it and apply for the 2011 year? From the little I've read, it seems as if it's almost impossible to get into the next year.
I'm interested in applying for Fall 2010, but I'm curious to know if you guys who already got in had a lot of volunteer experience? Also, do I need references, and if so, how many and from who? Could you also tell me, if you know, what was the most important thing that you had on the application that caught your interviewer's eye? I'm a little nervous to apply because I've spent the past year (the first year after graduating from college) pretty much trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life, but I've recently started volunteering for a nonprofit organization and I'm absolutely in love with the work (which is exactly why I'm considering AmeriCorps), but I don't know if this past year will be counted against me in the application... Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks, guys!! :D