It has been quite some time since my last post but so much happened since then. As I begin my journey through AmeriCorps, I have already experienced so much! One of the crucial steps of becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA is the pre-service orientati0n, or PSO. This is training conference that occurs several times a year within various regions for incoming VISTAs, mine taking place in Atlanta at the Georgian Terrace Hotel. I must say that the pre-service orientation brought me to the realization of what a monumental decision I have just made. As I was sworn in to serve my country as VISTA, I realized what a wonderful commitment I was about to make. To serve the people of my community in such a unique capacity is sure to be an experience of a lifetime for me.
My first day was nothing short of great. I am so excited to be spending the next year working in an office full of like-minded individuals who truly appreciate me being there. I only got to experience two days in the office however before I was off to another training conference, this time a state-wide training in St. Petersburg. For the past few days, I took part in workshops with fellow Campus Compact VISTAs to teach us the fundamentals of volunteer coordination at institutions of higher learning. While I wasn’t excited to be traveling yet again. this conference was invaluable. I now have a network of VISTAs that I can turn to throughout my year of service.
Thus far my AmeriCorps experience has been amazing and this is only the beginning 🙂