If you are looking for a learning opportunity which may also include housing you may want to consider participating in Peace Corps,AmeriCorps and JobCorps programs. These programs can provide you with a chance to participate in meeting the local needs of communities while also providing you with skills development and opportunities to travel. Typically, as a participant of these programs you also receive a modest living allowance.
AmeriCorps is a network of three programs—AmeriCorps*State and National,AmeriCorps*VISTA, and AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) which each engage volunteers to meet critical needs in areas including education, the environment, public safety and homeland security. Program participants receive health coverage, training and student loan deferment during their time of service. In addition, they receive an education award to pay towards their education or student loans. About half of the participants receive a modest annual living allowance. For more information, click here.
Job Corps has a network of campuses across the country. Job Corps offers a wide array of career development services to at-risk young women and men, ages 16 to 24, to prepare them for successful careers. Job Corps integrates academic, vocational, and independent skills development through a combination of classroom and practical, hands-on learning experiences to prepare youth for long-term, stable employment. Participants generally live on campus housing. For information on how to apply or to get more information, click here.
Peace Corps provides volunteers to countries around the world seeking assistance. Volunteers work with local governments, communities, schools to address critical needs in a wide array of areas including education, health and HIV/AIDS, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment. Volunteers receive a living allowance that covers housing, food, and incidentals, enabling them to live in a manner similar to people in their local communities. It is important to know that the application process is quite extensive and competitive. So if you are interested you should plan ahead. To learn more about the Peace Corps application process, click here.
Joining the United States’ military can also provide you with professional development opportunities while serving the United States. The military has a range of specific missions including the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, National Guard, Coast Guard, and Navy. Joining the military can provide you with a variety of benefits including but not limited to, educational and training opportunities, medical care, and free housing. For more information on joining the military, please click here. In addition, if you are considering joining the military for the first time, or looking for additional benefits, Reserve programs can potentially provide you with opportunities for part-time service, pay and benefits. For more information, click here.
The military has a range of specific missions including the following:
Air Force has become the world's premier aerospace force. The Air Force’s primary mission is to defend the United States through the control and exploitation of air and space. While charged with flying missions, much of the personnel also work on the ground in various construction, support, and technical capacities. For more information on the Air Force, click here.
Army is the oldest service of the United States. The Army’s mission is to provide essential forces and capabilities to the Combatant Commanders in support of the National Security and Defense Strategies. For more information on the Army, click here.
Marine Corpsis a branch of the U.S. military responsible for providing power projection from the sea, utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces to global crises.For more information on the Marine Corps, click here.
National Guard consists of a group of soldiers who devote a portion of their time to serving their nation. For more information about the National Guard, click here.
Coast Guard responsibilities include Search and Rescue (SAR), Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE), Aids to Navigation (ATON), Icebreaking, Environmental Protection, Port Security and Military Readiness. For more information on the Coast Guard, click here.
Navy maintains, trains, and equips combat-ready naval forces skilled in winning wars, deterring aggression and protecting the freedom of the seas. For more information on the Navy, click here
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