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Appalachia corps members and alumni standing in front of the Appalachia Service Project building.

Our corps members and alumni have established deep bonds with each other. You’ll find this is a great place to live, work, and grow in.

Kentucky’s rural Appalachian region continues to be defined by the legacy of coal mining and energy production as well as the natural beauty of the area. You will join our alumni, staff, and fellow educators to work towards a future that includes more than that. Despite the challenging socioeconomic conditions that Appalachia is known for, the area has a great deal to offer, including an abundance of natural woodlands, streams, and wildlife that will thrill outdoor enthusiasts. Many parts of Appalachia are also within a two to three hour drive of Lexington and Louisville—Kentucky’s two largest cities. And Kentucky’s low cost of living means a first- or second-year teacher’s salary can go much further here than in other parts of the country.

Make an Impact in a Tight-Knit Community

As a teacher, you will work alongside alumni and staff and fellow educators to challenge educational inequity and build a strong community. Be at the forefront of the educational progress Kentucky has made: from being the second most improved state between 1990-2015 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) or graduating low-income students at the best rate in the nation. Join alumni like Robert Gunn (St. Louis ’02), a principal in Louisville, who is dedicated to offering innovative resources and professional development opportunities to equip his teachers with the right tools to motivate their students. Follow in the footsteps of Alix Smith (Appalachia ’11) and Stephanie Tanner (Appalachia ’11) who taught Spanish in the corps and went on to launch a nonprofit to help students study abroad in Spanish-speaking countries like Honduras.

Teach For America Appalachia

In Appalachia, you will become part of an incredibly warm, welcoming, and supportive community, with leadership opportunities that you won't find anywhere else.

Join Our Family

People here have embraced corps members as their own. When you join us, you’ll find yourself being invited to family dinners, to church, and to birthday parties. Spend your time hiking the mountains or working with families to build a local farmer’s market or community garden.

An open mind will go a long way in Appalachia, where opportunities to create and innovate are endless, and where locals are eager to support new causes that better their communities. Our corps members and alumni have established deep bonds with each other. You’ll find this is a great place to live, work, and grow in.