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Social Service Volunteer (Peace Corps, Vista)

Overview: The Vista volunteer lives and works with and among the poor in the USA, Puerto Rico, Guam or Virgin Islands. They serve for one year in large cities, rural areas and Indian reservations. They are committed to helping poor people improve the conditions of their lives.
Duties: They design training programs to teach community residents skills in home economics, healthcare, hygiene, as well as literacy and job skills to enhance their employability.

They confer with local employers and educational institutions to plan and implement programs which would provide the unemployed poor persons with job training needed for employment.

They design and administer local community outreach programs which can provide shelters for the homeless and counseling rehabilitation services for alcoholism and drug addiction.

They assess all new programs to identify benefits, accomplishments and the cost to operate each program. They make recommendations to VISTA management about program effectiveness.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of social service volunteers (Peace Corps, Vista) is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. A wide variety of openings in the VISTA and Peace Corps programs are available all over the world. The volunteers live and work among the poor in urban areas and rural areas.
Starting Salary: During their assignment volunteers receive a monthly subsistence allowance equivalent to the cost of living in the low-income community where they are serving. The allowance covers the cost of food, housing and incidentals. Upon assignment completion, they receive an additional bonus for each month of service and an education tuition award.
Salary Range (National Average): $19,000 to $26,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Most VISTA applicants have an associate degree, bachelor's or master's degree in one of the social sciences, behavioral science, public administration or business administration. VISTA volunteer training consists of several days of orientation plus specialized job skills training during their one-year assignment.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Having duties which involve frequent physical, financial, or social risk taking.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.