So, you may be asking “Gee Jen, you finished FEMA Corps, what’s next?” Well, here’s your answer!
I have recently been accepted to AmeriCorps NCCC in Sacramento this fall as a Corps Member. I still have to fill out the paperwork and dot all the i’s, but if everything goes well, I will start serving in the beginning of October. This means I will not be working with FEMA, but instead will be doing more traditional, hands-on service with non-profits, government agencies, and faith based organizations. Most everything else will be the same; I will still be working and living with a team, earning very little, driving around in a 15 passenger van, and working long hours.
I’m excited and nervous about having a new team. I’m looking forward to starting off on a blank slate, maybe this time I’ll have a smaller team that won’t be obsessed with Mexican food and hot sauce. I’m also positive that I will compare my new team to Pine 4 at some point. What if they don’t eat healthy, and their shopping list doesn’t include 10 cans of beans? What if they don’t name inanimate objects like their van and GPS (Musty and Marva by the way)? But, in the end I know that I will learn to love my new team just as much as Pine Four. Hopefully, my time in FEMA Corps will make the transition a little smoother. For example, I won’t have to adjust to wearing a uniform all the time, or to getting very little sleep. And the prospect of only having $4.75 for food each day doesn’t shock me anymore, I’ve actually figured out a very efficient system for group shopping (take that Duggers!). No matter what, it will be an adventure in a part of the country that I have not gotten to explore before.
As for this summer, I will be doing a combination of visiting family, friends, and WWOOFing. WWOOFing is when you go to an organic farm, work on their farm for a certain amount of time (could be weeks, months, or the whole year), and in exchange the farmers give you room and board. I want to WWOOF not because I plan on working on a farm or owning a farm, but because I want to learn about where my food comes from and gain some skills and experiences that come with farming.
I plan on updating this blog over the summer, and it will continue to be my blog during my NCCC service as well. So, keep checking in, I’ll try and add some photos once I’m home in CT.