I have decided to start this blog to discuss my Peace Corps adventure. So far, I have submitted application, had my interview, been nominated, and just last week I mailed my completed medical packet. So, now the real waiting begins…
(I will be updating this throughout the application process)
Here is my up to date timeline. It’s pretty long, so I put the most important information in bold:
January—March 2008 Start thinking about applying for the Peace Corps.
April 2008 Get accepted to graduate school, put Peace Corps on hold.
September 2008 Decide when I graduate, that I’d still like to join the Peace Corps.
June—September 2009 Continue working on application, spend a lot of time editing my essays
September 22, 2009 Submitted my application
September 23, 2009 All of my references have already submitted their letters of recommendation
October 2, 2009 Received packet in mail with fingerprint forms and background check. Also received Toolkit password.
October 6, 2009 Received email from recruiter about other forms to fill out and email back
October 14, 2009 Set up interview with recruiter for October 29; Also, went to get my fingerprints done, police officer messed it up, had to call and ask for new forms.
October 16, 2009 Mailed out background check; Received new fingerprint forms.
October 19, 2009 Emailed forms to recruiter; Got fingerprints redone and mailed them.
October 29, 2009 Interview with recruiter; Was told I had to get volunteer experience with HIV/AIDS if I wanted to go to Africa. I filled out a volunteer application for AIDS Partnership of Michigan.
November 3, 2009 Received Romantic Involvement and Vegetarian form, filled them out, and emailed them back. Set up interview for Friday with AIDS Partnership of Michigan.
November 6, 2009 Had interview with AIDS Partnership of Michigan. Will begin training in one week. Emailed my recruiter to update her.
November 9, 2009 Received email from recruiter stating that I should email her three months from now about my volunteer experience and then we can move forward.
November 24, 2009 Recruiter called me to see how many years of French I had taken. She found a placement for me which required a higher level of proficiency in the language. Told her I would look into taking a French class. Did a lot of research over the next couple of days and found a class that I wanted to take.
December 22, 2009 Recruiter called me and told me that she was nominating me for a placement in Asia leaving in July or August. I no longer have a reason to take a French class.
December 31, 2009 Received medical packet.
January 2010 Had ob/gyn fill out pap smear section of the medical forms.
February 15, 2010 Got eye exam done.
February 26, 2010 Had physical completed, need to go back to have TB test read, and overseeing doctor sign the paperwork. Cost over $400.
March 1, 2010 Went back to had my TB test read. It was positive. Immediately went to hospital for x-rays.
March 2, 2010 Went to public health clinic to have my x-rays read. I definitely have latent TB. Was put on rifampin for four months.
March 4, 2010 Got my dental exam completed, but the dentist will not be able to complete filling out the forms for two weeks.
March 16, 2010 Had doctor fill out more forms regarding TB test result. Picked up forms from dentist. Now just waiting on forms to be signed by the physician overseeing the nurse practitioner who completed my physical.
April 7, 2010 Finally got my paperwork back and mailed my medical forms!!!!!
April 12, 2010 According to usps.com my packet was received in Washington D.C.
April 14, 2010 Mytoolkit is updated. Peace Corps has officially received my medical packet.
April 15, 2010 I am dentally cleared.
May 26, 2010 I received a phone call from the placement office this morning just asking me a few follow-up questions about my motivation to join the Peace Corps and my relationship. I was told that I would be put at the top of the list for medical clearance. About an hour later I heard from my Peace Corps nurse that everything looked good with my file, but they were missing one blood test. She said that once I get it in to her I will be medically cleared. Shortly after, I went to the campus clinic and had my blood drawn and they said the results should be in by Friday.
May 27, 2010 The results from my blood test came in and the clinic faxed them to the Peace Corps.
May 28, 2010 I spoke with my pre-screening nurse today andddd…..I have medical clearance!!!!!
May 29, 2010 According to my toolkit my invitation is in the mail!