Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship FAQ

Do you subsidize my transportation before my VISTA year begins?

If you travel more than 50 miles from your permanent address, you’re eligible for travel reimbursement. More information about reimbursements concerning travel can be found here.

Do you subsidize my transportation during my VISTA year?

Every VISTA will receive a Brown ID which will allow you to use the RIPTA bus system free of charge.

I’m from out of state. Where would you recommend searching for housing?

‘Fox Point', 'Federal Hill', the 'East Side of Providence', 'Oakhill', 'Wayland Square', 'Blackstone' and ‘West End’ are common neighborhoods for our AmeriCorps members to find housing. Craigslist, Zillow, and Brown Real Estate are good places to begin your search. Also consider reaching out to Brown Student Groups on Facebook.

Where could I be placed?

Depending on which position(s) you apply for, you could either be placed internally within a team at the Swearer Center or with one of our partner organizations. Applicants receive a list of available site placement and rank their interest once they go through the screening interview.

Can I participate in events for the Brown community?

You’ll be subscribed to a daily mailing list called [email protected] which lists many of the opportunities at Brown. You’re welcome to attend.

What professional development opportunities are available during my VISTA year?

VISTA members have access to monthly professional development workshops. Additionally, throughout your year of service, the state office and Brown University offer a variety of workshops and training online and on-site in areas such as project management, data analysis and visualization, grant writing, fundraising, conflict resolution, asset-based engagement, etc.

Can I take college/vocational classes during my VISTA year?

Yes, if it doesn’t conflict with your duties.

Can I work or volunteer during my VISTA year?

Yes, if it doesn’t conflict with your duties.

Where can I find additional information?

You can access the VISTA Handbook here, and general FAQs about the AmeriCorps VISTAs here.