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City Year San Antonio is making a difference for thousands of students and you can join them this 2019-2020 school year by choosing to serve in San Antonio. A large city with a small-town feel, San Antonio is rich with culture and full of history. If you’ve never considered making the Alamo City home, keep reading to find out why San Antonio is one of America’s fastest growing cities.

Great weather.

No need to stay indoors during San Antonio’s winter. While the rest of the country holes up for winter, you can get outside and enjoy mild temperatures and plenty of fun entertainment options.

History buffs will enjoy taking a walk down San Antonio’s River Walk and visiting the San Antonio Missions to learn more about the cultural and religious history of the region.

Nature enthusiasts can escape the hustle and bustle of the city by spending the day at San Antonio’s 350-acre Brackenridge park where park goers can hike, golf, fish, ride a miniature train, picnic and explore the historic Japanese Tea Garden.

Animal lovers will stay busy visiting the 750 animal species at the renowned San Antonio Zoo or swimming with beluga whales at SeaWorld, the world’s largest marine-life theme park. And, speaking of theme parks, you can cool off on a hot day by taking a short drive to Six Flags Fiesta Texas or Schlitterbahn—home to the best ranked water ride in the nation!

City goers can also get outside and ride all over town by taking advantage of the popular shared electric Bird scooters.

A Spanish-style plaza in San Antonio

Fun festivals and fiestas!

There’s never a dull moment in San Antonio with hundreds of fiestas and festivals every year.

Partiers will love celebrating Fiesta San Antonio with over 2.5 million people, more than 100 events, and eleven days of celebration. Plus, the Fiesta’s most famous parade, Battle of the Flowers, is the only parade in the country planned and directed completely by women.

But that’s not all! There are dozens of other festivals, including: Festival del Día de Los Tres Magos Reyes, Alamo Baroque Festival, The International Music Festival, Día de los Muertos, Diwali Festival and Texas Folk Life Festival.

Seriously delicious eats.

Everything is bigger and better in Texas, especially the food!

Foodies can eat their way through Market Square or El Mercado, the largest Mexican market in the United States, order the famous 42-inch pizza at Big Lou’s Pizza or try some of the great vegetarian and vegan options, such as Señor Veggie or Miss Chickpea’s Bakeshop.

Known for its Tex-Mex, barbeque, and innovative food scene, San Antonio is the second American city to be designated as a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO.


A colorful outdoor market in San Antonio

Entrepreneurs and innovators thrive here.

San Antonio is forward-thinking and you’ll fit right in.

Innovators can discover new ideas at world-renowned scientific and technological facilities, like the Southwest Research Institute where William Mallow invented everything from clumping cat litter to the space shuttle’s heat-resistant tiles. San Antonio is also home to BiblioTech, the first bookless library in the country, and the invention of the T-shirt cannon, used at Spurs games and in arenas and stadiums across the country.  

You’ll be inspired by San Antonio’s one-of-a-kind community vision developed by the city’s inhabitants, SA2020, and the hundreds of organizations devoted to community improvement, including City Year. 

Young people will fit right in with over 100,000 students at 31 colleges and universities—one of the many reasons that San Antonio is among the fastest-growing cities for millennials.

Students brimming with talent and potential.

The city offers 50,641 unique and irreplaceable opportunities to make a difference.

The San Antonio Independent School District serves 50,641 students each of whom deserves support to achieve their goals and fulfill their potential, both in and out of school. You can help students build on their strengths, expand their comfort zone and dream big by joining a dynamic AmeriCorps team that advances equity in education and makes a lasting impact.

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