Hello All, and welcome to my Peace Corps Timeline.
Disclaimer: This timeline was a bit different from most timelines. My on-campus recruiter wished to interview me before I went home at the end of the school year, so instead of doing the legal stuff before I had my interview, I did it after. Additionally no two timelines are the same, and I strongly recommend not mentioning a specific timeline that you saw on a blog to your recruiter…as everyone’s timeline is different depending on the program, region, and time of departure.
Also, please be aware that I applied before the new DOVE application was introduced. Applications now are slightly different but the timeline should be about the same. As far as I understand it, it means less unnecessary medical exams and a more streamlined process. Good Luck!
Please feel free to email me with questions or comments 🙂
February 1st, 2010 – started application
April 22nd 2010 – Submitted Application and Health Status review
April 26th, 2010 – Received Legal packet with fingerprint charts.
April 29th 2010 – scheduled interview with Recruiter on UIUC campus.
May 4th 2010 – interview with campus recruiter. It went great! So excited. Found out I was preliminarily qualified for Primary Teacher Education. Called Regional Office in Chicago to receive toolkit information as it was not yet sent to me. Got the toolkit information, and found out that I am way ahead of the game in terms of applying.
May 7th 2010 – Received email from recruiter in Chicago with vegetarian and romantic involvement questionnaires. Also found out that I am preliminarily qualified for Primary Teacher Training and Community Service with attached addenda.
May 12th 2010 – Got Fingerprinted and sent in legal packet with fingerprints. Emailed Community Service and Education Skills Addenda to Chicago Recruiter.
May 15th 2010 – Got a phone call from the Chicago recruiter. She said that she cannot nominate me right away, as the programs for June 2011, my earliest available date are not yet open, and that my legal packet was received. She asked me about my student teaching and I explained that I will be teaching 5-12th graders. She also asked me to send in a copy of my AP French score, as Washington needs to have a copy. She explained to me that my application would be on hold for two weeks until those programs open up, and to send her an email when they do open up.
May 15th 2010 – Later that day – found and scanned AP French test scores, and sent them to recruiter
May 17th 2010- got an email from my Chicago recruiter saying that she could not open the file, and I re-sent it in a PDF format.
June 1st 2010 – Toolkit Update – PC Nomination. No clue on specifics, it just says that I have been nominated.
June 2nd 2010 – Email from my Recruiter saying that I have been nominated for Primary Teacher Training in French Speaking Africa. (No idea when, but my availability is June 1st- November First, so we shall see).
August 11th 2010 – Start Medical Packet – I was working at my overnight summer camp and was unable to complete all of the forms.
September 8th 2010 – Send in Medical Packet!
September 15th 2010 – Peace Corps acknowleges me by email that they have received the results of my physical exam. Dental should come in a couple of days.
September 16th 2010 – Dental Clearance!
December 21st 2010 – The ever cryptic medical decision…”A decision has been reached regarding your medical review. Please look for a letter in the mail.”
December 23ish-29thish (I was out of town and got back on December 29th) I receive a letter from the Office of Medical Services stating that I am MEDICALLY QUALIFIED for service!!! Now to wait to hear from the office of placement!
January 24th 2011 – First Contact from the Placement Office! Asking for updated Resume and transcripts-
April 1st 2011 – Send my Placement Assistant an email that I have signed up for online TEFL certification. It comes back with an auto-reply. I then send it to the Community/Youth Development Desk
April 7th 2011 – 3:37pm – 202 Area Code…first call from the Placement office – I was carrying groceries up the stairs, so I asked if they could call back
April 7th 2011 – 3:48pm – Conversation with F, my placement officer, we talked about safety, how my parents feel about everything. He then said that he was pleased to say that I was qualified for service, and that I am invited to serve! My original nomination STUCK! Subsaharan West Africa Francophone Speaking LEAVING IN JUNE!!! It’s really going to depend on which country it is, but this is so very exciting and I am so speechless right now! I called my parents and they are so very proud of me right now!!!! I am supposed to get my application packet on TUESDAY! Providing that the government does not shut down and the mail does not stop and the like. BUT WOW! I never thought this day would come!!!
April 12th 2011 – Receive INVITE PACKET! Burkina Faso leaving June 20th, 2011! Girls Education and Empowerment!!!! SO EXCITED!!!!!
April 13th 2011 – Email to Accept Invitation, send in Visa and Passport forms.
May 11th 2011 – Staging Email – Staging is in Philadelphia with Departure on JUNE 9th 2011…11 days earlier.
June 9th 2011 – Staging in Philadelphia
June 10th 2011 – Depart for Ouagadougou
June 11th 2011 – Arrive in Ouagadougou
September 22nd, 2011 – Swearing in as a volunteer
September 27th, 2011 – Arrive at Site