After a year of service, Caitlin Barbour, our current VISTA, will be completing her term on March 18th. She has spent the last year working on getting the Partnership reorganized, planning Congreso 2019, and building a platform for the next VISTA. During this year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, she has been rewarded with the experience of working in a professional setting, expanding her skillsets and knowledge, and has been exposed to more cultures and communities than she would have otherwise been able to experience.
Some of her most memorable moments include exploring the local outdoors, being able to visit multiple parts of New Mexico and Colorado through traveling for presentations & workshops, and meeting so many new people from different backgrounds.
The biggest challenge she faced was becoming familiar with the area quickly enough, especially as she is the first VISTA to come from out of state. Another factor of this was living in a rural area as the majority of her life has been spent in urban or semi-urban locations.
With the experiences and fun that she's had during this past year, the AmeriCorps VISTA experience is definitely something that Caitlin would recommend. Whether somebody is needing a foot in the door with experience, unsure if a certain career field is for them, or somebody taking a gap year, her experience as a VISTA is something that she will always remember and be grateful for.
Recently, the Partnership sponsors applied for another three-year VISTA project and were approved! This project will have a large focus on education and outreach and will also be working more closely with the Partnership than the previous project. Our next AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, Jared Daniels, will begin serving as VISTA in April.
Thank you to Caitlin for her service and best wishes for the next adventure!
If you’d like to reach out to Caitlin and thank her for her year of service or ask questions about AmeriCorps and VISTA you can email her until March 18th.
Learn more about the VISTA position.
Join us March 14th from 5 - 7 pm for a going-away gathering for Caitlin in Chama! Light pizza and drink refreshements will be served; please bring a dish to pass. RVSP to Emily for directions (email or 888-445-7708 ext. 1).