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Mar. 20th, 2010


Got it in the mail

 I got the packet in the mail today to schedule and interview. Of course I would receive it on a saturday when they're not open until monday. Everyone has been saying it takes so long to get an interview, so I'm somewhat relived. But I'm still so nervous and questioning the odds of getting accepted. Has anyone had theirs recently? 

Mar. 19th, 2010



A Question

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.

Mar. 18th, 2010


Application Under Review

So a few days ago I got an email saying my status had been changed. I looked and it said under review. I was relieved because they got it, but now I'm nervous. How long does an application usually stay under review?  Also, at this point so close to the deadline what are the chances of being accepted? I've heard a lot of people getting wait listed and getting an alternative status. I'm really hopeful for the next few weeks, but I'm dying from nerves !

Mar. 16th, 2010



Novel-length intro: Is the NCCC for me?

Short version:

1) Will time in the NCCC help me forge some time management skills? How about generalized maturity/"grounded-ness"?
2) How much tutoring/working with kids did you actually do? Is it something I could do for the 80 hour independent project?
3) When you camp on a spike, do the campgrounds have toilets (vault/flush)?

Long version:

I'm finishing my year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and am thinking about applying for the fall session of NCCC.  Although I think I'm doing something great for the community I'm serving in, I think it's time for something new.  It seems like most of what I do is sit at a desk all day, and search for non-existent grants. I'm feeling restless.  I felt like I was doing the 'most' for my community when I was stocking shelves at the food bank on MLK Day.   When I found out that a member of the NCCC does that (and builds/deconstructs houses/tutors children) for a whole year, I was really excited!

I'm a bit of a free spirit when it comes to time management, deadlines, and organization. I'm hoping that maybe a term in the NCCC would help me learn how to be more grounded. What do you think? 

As excited as I am about potentially joining the NCCC, there is a small problem:  I need tutoring/teaching experience with children, since  I'd (currently...) like to be an outdoor/environmental educator when I'm done with AmeriCorps. All the educator training programs/grad school programs/etc. want me to have more experience with kids. Do any of you actually tutor children/provide some sort of instruction to children as a member of NCCC? The AmeriCorps website lists tutoring as one of the many jobs of an NCCC member, but all I'm reading about is construction/trails kind of work. Which sounds amazing, but is, sadly,  not working with kids. Is that something I could work on as the 80 hour independent project?

I've noticed that a lot of teams camp when they go on a spike. I enjoy camping, but...um...can't pee in the woods. Is there some kind of toilet (vault/pit/flush, I don't care) at the camp sites? I know, self-proclaimed ecology girl can't pee in the woods...Kinda embarrassing...anyway...

I'm fully aware that I could be overanalyzing this whole thing. Thanks so much for any input you can give! :)

Mar. 11th, 2010



So I have just finished filling out my application and have just submitted the reference links. I see the "finish application" button. Should I go ahead and click this or do I need to wait until my references are complete? Thanks so much!

Feb. 5th, 2010


I'm about to travel, will that effect my application/interview?

 Hey everyone. 
So I am almost done with my Fall '10 application and hoping to have it done by the end of this weekend. From what I saw on the Americorps site, they apparently give you confirmation and have you call abut 3 weeks after receiving the app, and then the interview is another 3-4 weeks after that. Is that about right? My concern is that I will be leaving for New Zealand for 2 1/2 months starting March 4th, and that would obviously make the interview timing problematic. Should I be worried about being disqualified? If I tell them I will be gone when I call to schedule the interview, are they pretty accommodating? I just don't want to lose the chance because I will be gone. Any advice would be great. Thanks!

Jan. 19th, 2010


How hard is it to get accepted?

I'm thinking of applying for the NCCC fall program for after I graduate high school, but I was wondering how difficult it is to get accepted. I know that acceptance depends on the number of applicants but does anyone know what the average acceptance rate is? I'll be 18 by the time the program starts and I have a good academic record, lots of prior community service, public speaking and work experience and I speak very good spanish and basic french. Can anyone give me advice on how to improve my application? Or do they mostly accept based on the interview?
Thanks :)

Nov. 3rd, 2009


Fall 2010

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

Sep. 19th, 2009



I just turned in my application for fall 2010, but I had a question about piercings. I have my tongue pierced and I am not sure if I am allowed to keep it in. I have a retainer that is clear and sits flat on my tongue. It's not noticeable and the bar is so short that it is impossible to play with it as well. Anyone else had a similar situation or know what the policy is on tongue piercings?

Sep. 12th, 2009


denver campus?

Hi!  I just got accepted to the Fall '09 Class in Denver and I was wondering if there are any former NCCC-ers on this forum who were assigned to Denver as well.  If so, I'm curious to know what the campus is really like.  Is there a place that anyone knows of to look for descriptions of the campuses?  Thanks!

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