Located just 45 minutes from the city of Tuscaloosa—home to the University of Alabama—the rural town of Greensboro offers a variety of affordable housing options and a sense of community and support. Most corps members live in roomy, renovated homes within a close vicinity of each other, which makes meeting up for runs in the many local parks, lesson planning at The Pie Lab, and weekend potlucks and excursions especially convenient.
Our corps members currently teach in six counties throughout the Black Belt region of Alabama. These rural and urban areas bore witness to some of the most significant events of the Civil Rights Movement, the effects of which still linger. On average, more than 91% of students in our partner school districts are considered low-income, and 88% of the student populations are African American.
For our corps members, living in Alabama means being part of a close-knit community. Southern hospitality is a way of life in our state—neighbors and parents may offer to cook you a delicious dinner, mow your lawn, or show you around the town. Our counties offer corps memers the opportunity to live in the same communities as their students and build relationships with families.
While we are largely a rural site, one of the real advantages to our region is the easy access to larger cities—both Birmingham and Montgomery are just an hour or two away from the areas in which most corps members live. The Black Belt is also just a few hours' drive from Alabama's Gulf Coast, which is lined with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. After a long week in the classroom, it's not uncommon for corps members to pack up their swimsuits and towels and head south for a relaxing weekend on the coast. Teach For America - Alabama truly offers the best of all worlds: small town intimacy with easy access to a big city and the great outdoors.
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