Supporting and Supervising VISTA Members

Introduction

Invested and well-equipped supervisors are key to any successful project. When supervisors understand the unique requirements for VISTA members as well as their particular needs and interests, they position themselves to effectively support the individual VISTAs and the project as a whole. VISTA members who feel supported and valued are more committed to their projects and more effective in their service. A successful VISTA/supervisor relationship benefits the entire community: the VISTA member, the supervisor, and the population served. When VISTA members are inspired by a supervisor, their service experience and effectiveness (and sometimes life paths) are enhanced.