VISTA Leader In-Service Training

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*** Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, member In-Service Trainings (ISTs) are currently on hold. For information about the impact of the coronavirus on the VISTA program, please be sure to check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at ***

VISTA In-Service Training

AmeriCorps VISTA In-Service Training is a 3½-day, in-person training and skills-building opportunity designed for VISTA members in their first few months of service. tively, and networking opportunities with other VISTA members. The training offers information on service-related topics, practical skill development for effective service, and networking opportunities with other VISTA members.

Sessions include:
  • Capacity Building
  • Civic Engagement
  • Creating and Maintaining Partnerships
  • Engaging the Community Using an Asset-Based Approach
  • Foundations of Resource Development
  • Foundations of Volunteer Management
  • Navigating the VISTA Member-Supervisor Relationship
  • Planning and Leading Effective Meetings
  • Serve and Thrive: Building Resilience as a VISTA
  • Translating VISTA Service to Your Professional Network and Résumé

Eligible VISTA members are sent an email invitation with a link to register online. Space is limited, so if demand exceeds available space, a waiting list will be used to manage attendance.

What VISTAs are saying about In-Service Training:
This was a breath of fresh air. It gave national service members a time away from the environments we report to daily to be around like-minded do-gooders.
Great facilitators! The content of the sessions was very well thought out.
I learned so many beneficial techniques for my VISTA term and within my professional development. I felt listened to and encouraged. Thank you for this opportunity.
Wonderful, helpful and experienced facilitators made a huge positive impact.
I enjoyed the opportunity to meet other AmeriCorps participants and value the knowledge I received at my IST.
This training was a great opportunity to meet other VISTAs and make connections.


AmeriCorps VISTA members are not required to attend an In-Service Training, but those selected are required to attend the event in its entirety. Before applying to attend, VISTAs should first check their calendar to make sure there are no conflicts and receive approval from their supervisor to attend.


For VISTAs who are selected to attend, the AmeriCorps VISTA program will arrange and pay for round-trip travel to the event and reimburse for approved costs like airport parking.


VISTAs are paired up to share a hotel room during the In-Service Training. The AmeriCorps VISTA program arranges and pays for hotel room and meals during the training.