Do you love African American History?
Do you want to perpetuate Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s legacy?
Do you want to make a difference?
Do you want to enhance your public speaking skills?
If so, then volunteering at the Carter G. Woodson Home is for you!
The National Park Service is looking for volunteers to assist with visitor services at the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, one of the premier African American heritage sites in Washington, D.C. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to share and foster an appreciation of Dr. Woodson’s legacy with visitors from all over the nation and the world. You would be volunteering in the original building that served as the home of Dr. Woodson, the headquarters for the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (today, known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History or ASALH) and the Birthplace of Black History Month.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to receive firsthand training from some of the best university professors and NPS staff about the history and legacy of Dr. Woodson. Volunteers will also be provided training in historical interpretation by NPS professionals. If you are a college student and majoring in African American Studies, History or Public History, ask your professor about internship opportunities through this program.
Volunteers should feel comfortable in public speaking.
Leading guided tours of the Woodson Home
Giving educational programs to schoolchildren
Meeting and greeting the general public
Giving tours of the Shaw Neighborhood
Reading and researching topics relating to Dr. Woodson and African American Studies
Representing the National Park Service as a Volunteer-in-Park
Wearing a volunteer uniform (provided)
Minimum time commitment is 8 hours per month in two four-hour days. Specific dates and times for volunteering will be established between the volunteer coordinator and the volunteer. Volunteers must attend required training before giving guided tours.
As a volunteer, you will receive:
Professional training in historic interpretation
The opportunity to network with leading researchers in the field of African American Studies
Coaching, a research packet and a script to begin your public history experience
Special “behind the scenes” tours that are part of the training program
The chance to socialize and develop friendships with others who share your interest in history and enjoyment in speaking to the public.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact us at (202) 426-5961.
Being a volunteer at the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site is truly the “best job in history!”