I had a very positive experience - it was my first year out of undergrad school and I had just gotten a degree in Social Work. I wanted some experience working with children and this was the perfect opportunity - I was at Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of North Alabama running a pilot in-school mentoring program.
I learned so much that year - the program was brand new and I basically had to start from scratch and do everything to get it up and running. I also had a very positive experience with the staff at Big Brothers/ Big Sisters. The Executive Director at the time really took me under her wing and showed me how a non-profit works. I can say nothing but good things about my experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA.