After 9 months of anxiety, I finally received my invitation to serve with the Peace Corps in Peru as a Youth Development Facilitator. I was invited and I accepted the offer.
I have yet to feel excitement as my departure date is not until the middle of August. However, I am more than satisfied. This is something that I have wanted for a very long time. The last thing I wanted this bad was my big move to Istanbul.
I also have to say that I am rather proud of myself. Over the last couple of years, the Peace Corps has gotten increasingly competitive. This past year approximately 17,000 applicants apply for about 3,500 positions. Peru also has the reputation of being one of the most competitive of the 68 Peace Corps countries. Apparently, 445 people applied to the same Youth Development Facilitator position I did with only 14 positions available.
Since accepting, I have a long laundry list of assignments, medical appointments, and legal documents I have to fill out before leaving. I will be relieved when all of it is out of the way and reality finally sets in.
Until next time.