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Appalachia Service Project

Operations Coordinator

May - August 2021 • Ansted, WV

What I liked

Working for ASP has been the greatest professional decision I have made in my college career. This job provides the unique opportunity to manage projects, manage volunteers, and become fully invested in a community in central Appalachia. While the amount of responsibility seems daunting, the environment that ASP creates is one of pure empowerment and support. From the volunteers to the administrative staff, ASP truly embodies a family-like work environment and allows summer staff from all backgrounds to succeed in their unique position.

What I wish was different

Plenty of sleep is sometimes hard to come by and days off are limited due to the amount of work that has to be accomplished in such a short span of time. I never felt that it took away from the fulfillment of my work, but it's something to keep in mind!

Advice

Let yourself be open to a new opportunity to actively make a change in the lives of the families that you will be serving!
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Material Handler

May - August 2019 • Hinton, WV

What I liked

Challenging and rewarding. The job works directly with folks doing free home repair for impoverished families and you can see the difference your contributions make.

What I wish was different

Time off was scarce.

Advice

Stay on top of your responsibilities and you can find a lot of extra free time to explore and have fun.
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Summer Staffer

May - August 2019 • Wise, VA

What I liked

Meeting so many different people

What I wish was different

Advice

Nothing else is like it, it is amazing!!
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Volunteer Coordinator

May - August 2019 • Black Mountain, NC

What I liked

I liked that it is a Christian ministry and allowed me to meet people from all over the country. I also loved being able to participate in such a selfless job, where it was not about me. I had a chaplain who made sure that we were able to remember why we were there, even though it was such a high-stress job with very long days. I loved learning about construction and seeing what I was capable of.

What I wish was different

I wish that my fellow staffers were more into the christian aspect of it and that I had more downtime to enjoy the county and stay connected religiously.

Advice

DO IT. ASP was the best experience of my life and it was amazing being able to help make the homes in Rutherford County warmer, safer and drier. This job taught me so much about myself that I wouldn't have learned anywhere else.
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Volunteer

July 2019 • Jackson, KY

What I liked

Being able to help people less fortunate then us is by far one of the best experiences one can have. I recommend this organization to anyone I can.

What I wish was different

I wish my experience could have been longer there’s so much to do in such little time

Advice

Keep an open mind
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Volunteer Coordinator and Project Manager

May - August 2019 • Jackson, KY

What I liked

I love the ability to work with all different types of people, including high school and adult volunteers, other college-aged staff members, and the families that we worked for. The variability of the job day-to-day is very exciting, and I love the need to think on my feet and problem solve constantly. No two days are ever the same. Of course, I also loved the visible impact that I had with the job, in both the construction projects as well as the relationships built between families and volunteers.

What I wish was different

Advice

You are more qualified than you may think!
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Center director

May - August 2019 • Johnson City, TN

What I liked

This was my third summer on staff with ASP. The natural progression is to be a center director your third summer. I thrived being the leader of my staff team. It’s hard work but so rewarding. I learned new life skills I’ll never forget.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Find something you’re passionate about and the hard work will come easy
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Finance Coordinator

May - August 2018 • Barbourville, KY

What I liked

The ability to apply the skills I have been learning in courses in a way that was very practical. I also enjoyed being responsible for something that was very impact.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been more prepared for the reality of the position. I did not have a realistic expectation of what regular work would be like.

Advice

Learn as much during training as possible, but be ready rely on group leaders' input on project planning.
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construction

July 2018 • Salyersville, KY

What I liked

I loved the atmosphere of Appalachia Service Project and their honest goals to better the lives of people living in harsh conditions.

What I wish was different

Many of the rules were very unnecessary, such as the extremely strict dress code. I feel as though some of the employees were slightly irresponsible and caddy.

Advice

If you want to participate in a service project, know your own comfort level before you begin. However, do not limit yourself and never say no to a job or an opportunity to learn!
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Volunteer Coordinator

May - August 2018 • Cross Lanes, WV

What I liked

Absolutely changed my life.

What I wish was different

Pay isn’t bad but also isn’t really representative of the true number of hours worked.

Advice

If you’re up for the challenge and willing to let your heart be changed, don’t pass this up.
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Hub Master

May - August 2018 • Johnson City, TN

What I liked

Excellent opprotunity to live in one of the most beautiful regions on the east coast and serve underpriveledged families. I made my own schedule and was able to dictate days off. Boss was great and the rest of the staff were very supportive.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

Lots of driving, but the views make it worth it!
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Operations Coordinator

May 2018 • Hyden, KY

What I liked

Everything. I really loved being able to impact the lives of many and have mine impacted in return.

What I wish was different

level of sleep

Advice

Be confident in your abilities
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