As it is customary for Peace Corps Applicants to do a PC Application timeline, I decided I would join the masses and do one myself. My Peace Corps Timeline is rather long so here we go:
July 2013: I filled out my first (Yes, first) Peace Corps Application while I was living and working in Rhode Island.
Aug. 2013: I was contacted by the PC regarding my application process — All it said was welcome to the process. Whatever.
Oct. 2013: I was contacted by a PC recruiter saying they were ready to schedule me for an interview. Now by this time, I do not give two shits about the PC. My interest in life abroad has gone at this point but I schedule the interview anyway. Great.
At this point, I’m so uninterested in PC that I skip out on the Skype interview. The recruiter emails me and asks if there was technical difficulties, I lie and say yes, and we schedule an in person interview.
Nov. 2013: I had my first PC interview and it completely renewed my interest. I came out of the interview energized, hopeful and ready to live abroad again.
Nov. 2013: I was nominated for Health Extension program leaving in September 2014
Jan. 2014: I was legally cleared
From January to May I sat and waited and dealt with what PC Applicants call Restless Application Syndrome. I was constantly checking my email, reading other PC blogs, and checking the application portal. I read books on Peru, books on PC. I was completely obsessed
In the meantime though my Program Manager was getting on me about coming back to complete another year of City Year as a Project Leader. So I applied, interviewed, got the job and guess what? I took the job.
June 2014: After giving myself a mourning period, I applied again.
Aug. 2014: I had my second interview — It went awesome nothing to really else to say.
Nov. 2014: Hadn’t heard anything from placement so I contacted recruitment to see what country I was under consideration for and they told me Peru! Annnddd the wait continues.
Jan. 2015: After a very long and frustrating week at work, I open my email on Friday (prepared to delete whatever junk mail is in my inbox) and to my surprise I have an email from the Placement Office! It asked me to update my resume with very specific information and to fill out a Youth Development Skills Questionnaire. It took me about two and a half hours to complete the questions and my resume but I uploaded them that day. I then emailed the PO letting her know that the documents were available — The wait continues.
Feb. 2015: INVITATION! I actually was in visiting in Istanbul for the first time since I left. It was half past midnight there and I got email saying I have been invited to serve as a Community Services – Youth Development Volunteer in Peru! I’m so happy I was able to get my dream placement. Peru is supposedly one of the most competitive countries to apply to be considered for. I know they generally take about 15-20 volunteers for Youth Development and close to 445 people applied so I am so thankful that I have been given this opportunity! I am a little nervous but I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
April 2015: Medically Cleared
July 2015: Staging Instructions/Bridge to PST Email Received