Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Peace Corps Application Timeline

Should've done this a while ago...

Thanks to all the bloggers, chatters, webmasters, and others who have recorded stuff online for the benefit of others. Here's a summary of mine:

January 26, 2005: Attended informative presentation on the Peace Corps given by a Seattle based recruiter

February 11, 2005: Submitted completed application online, including references

February 12, 2005: PC emailed me requesting loan info; filled out this form:

http://www.peacecorps.gov/status/financial.pdf

February 14, 2005: Recruiter emailed me confirming receipt of application; we scheduled an in person interview

February 16, 2005: Interviewed

March 4, 2005: Recruiter gives me four assignment options: Urban West Africa, Rural West Africa, Eastern Europr, and South Africa.

March 8, 2005: Officially nominated to a program in Rural French-speaking West Africa

March 18, 2005: I receive my medical packet from PC

May 9, 2005: I mailed my medical packet

May 18, 2005: PC receives my medical packet

June 14, 2005: Received email requesting legal paperwork

June 23, 2005: Obtained legal clearance

July 19, 2005: Called Office of Medical Services; they said any day now...

July 25, 2005: Called Placement Office; nothing else I can do

July 30, 2005: Medically cleared (on a Saturday, weird)

August 1, 2005: Contacted by the placement office. They asked me for four things:
  • Transcripts showing that degree had posted
  • The re-filling out of my romantic involvement worksheet
  • A follow up on my cross cultural essay
  • An update on my language learning

August 3, 2005: They received the above items

August 8, 2005: I called my placement officer. He said that the latest date I could get the invitation for the program that I was nominated into is August 12th. He also said that the program may be full depending on whether or not everyone invited accepts their offers.

August 12, 2005: My placement officer emailed me about a program similar to my original program but leaving in January. Would I be interested? If so, he'll transfer me to the placement officer in charge of this program. Yes, I'm interested. I was told to contact her after she has time to look over my file (about a week or two).

August 16, 2005: I get a Peace Corps Application Status Update email. My placement hold in cleared. I'm not sure what this means, but I'm not in a hurry any more, so I do nothing (for once).

August 24, 2005: Another Peace Corps Application Status Update email. My invitation was been sent on August 23rd.

August 25, 2005: I leave a voice message for my new placement officer. Will she be able to tell me anything more? I don't know...

5 Comments:

Blogger Erin said...

Hey I ran across your site, looks like we're in the same boat with PC apps pending. I'm nominated for Heath Extension in Latin America leaving in Jan. so I still have a few months to go before I hear any news. Good luck to you in Africa!

8:03 PM  
Blogger Gwen said...

Thanks for the info, I'm a little behind you in the process. My interview is today and I've been wondering about the order/timing of things from this point. Your insight helps. Best Wishes!!

8:29 AM  
Blogger sadraki said...

Hi,
I'm in the Yahoo group and thought I'd check out your journal. What's your job area?

6:49 PM  
Blogger Didge said...

Natalie!

It must be wild to experience such large turtles up close and personal. I wish you the best of luck on your adventures, you crazy goose.

-Jon

6:13 PM  
Blogger Didge said...

Turtle travels up close and personal I see. What wonderful follies you must be dancing upon. Enjoy your adventures and make sure to ride a wildabeast while out there!

-Jon

6:16 PM  

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