After much contemplation (Pros and Cons lists galore) and research (Google), I started the lengthy Peace Corps application in October of 2013. Here is a timeline of my experience with the application process.
November 5, 2013 – Finished and submitted the application
December 9, 2013 – Contacted by recruiter to submit references
December 30, 2013 – Phone call from recruiter for additional questions
January 3, 2014 – Video interview with recruiter
January 14, 2014 – Nominated for a science education position in Namibia, with a tentative departure date of July 2014
February 10, 2014 – Submitted all materials for Medical Pre-Clearance
February 10, 2014 – Mailed out the Legal Kit for Legal Pre-Clearance
(February 10, 2014 – April 14, 2014 – Freaked out about why I wasn’t hearing back from the Peace Corps/tried to go on living life as normal as possible and failed miserably)
April 14, 2014 – Became medically pre-cleared
April 16, 2014- Became legally pre-cleared
(April 16, 2014 – May 1, 2014 – Graduated from college/freaked out about why I wasn’t hearing back from the Peace Corps + where they were going to place me since Namibia was obviously out of the question/tried to go on living life as normal as possible and failed miserably)
May 1, 2014 – Surprise phone call from a placement officer!!
May 1, 2014 – Invited to serve in Uganda as a Teacher Trainer for Primary Math Education (actually ended up working as a Literacy Specialist in Primary School)