Today is the day! I sit in the airport, waiting for my flight, to embark on the biggest adventure of my life (so far). I will be volunteering with AmeriCorps NCCC for the next ten months. AmeriCorps NCCC is a federally funded service program for 18-24 year olds that is modeled after the Peace Corps, and its mission is to “strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national and community service.” I will receive about three weeks of training in Denver, Colorado, and then leave the Mile High City to go on my first “spike.” A spike is the term for the projects that we will be working in. While on spike, we will complete various types of projects. Past projects included disaster relief, urban and rural development, infrastructure improvement, and energy conservation, among other things. There are about 300 Corps Members that are heading to Denver today, and we will work in the Southwest region of the United States during our time in NCCC. There are four other regions in the US that operate very similarly. The members are broken into four units: Sun, Earth, Alpine, and Water. Each unit is broken down into smaller teams of 8-12 members who complete the projects together. I was placed in the Alpine Unit, and I am very excited to meet my team!