Timeline

Because I found other blogs timelines exceedingly helpful during my application process, I kept track of my own.

There is a line break between my COS of my service in Jordan and my reapplication. Note: because of my status as a PCJordan Evacuee, I did not have to re-interview or do some of the other steps of the application process, this sped up my application.

September 2013 – Began speaking with PC recruiters and attending PC events

Late September – October 2013 – Began filling out application

November 11, 2013 – Submitted final application, submit medical paperwork to OMS

Late November/Early December – Recommender’s contacted and submitted their forms

End of December – Contacted PC recruiter regarding application, still had not heard anything,

December 17, 2013 – Received email from regional recruiter asking for an additional form

December 18, 2013 – Submitted additional education form, email from PC representative stated I should hear from PC again in the new year.

January 15, 2014 – Received “welcome to the application process” email from regional office (out of Chicago)

January 23, 2014 – Interviewed via online video chat, nominated and given four posts to chose from for nomination. Asked to do research and get back to my nominator on Monday

January 23-26, 2014 – Researched each post: PCV blogs, youtube videos, PC website, google search “Peace Corps [country] welcome book”, discussed with family, called RPCV cousin and former FSO uncle for advice as well. I chose Jordan.

January 29, 2014 – Emailed nominator with country choice and explanation why I chose it

January 29, 2014 – Confirmation of receipt of email

January 30, 2014 – Official nomination letter

January 30, 2014 – OMS Medical pre-clearance

February 07, 2014 – Received Legal Kit

February 10, 2014 – Got fingerprinted, mailed legal kit

February 11, 2014 – Confirmation of receipt of legal kit

February 19, 2014 – Legal pre-clearance

April 21, 2014 – Email from my Placement Officer, final placement questionnaire given to me.

April 24, 2014 – Panic attack, email deadline read “Friday April 24”, Thursday is the 24, Friday is the 25 – is it Thursday or Friday? I submitted in a hurry upon returning from a trip!

May 16, 2014 – Status updated to invited. However, I don’t see it or the email due to GMAIL sorting it as an ad and my night shift schedule.

May 17, 2014 -18th – 1130pm (I’ve been working overnights this summer and try to keep the sleep schedule on days off) I am applying for another job, and on a whim load PC application portal. It says “Invited” I nearly scream in the hotel lobby! Frantic, I call home to see if there is a letter there, and check all my GMAIL boxes and find it! I’m invited to Jordan! I cry, jump on the hotel bed and call to wake up everyone (midnight?? who cares!) I sit down and read through all the material they sent me, then at 3am I submitted my acceptance. Immediately I receive an email from the medical office on what to do next.

May 19, 2014 – Next steps email received, access to medical final clearance paperwork given

May 28, 2014 – Completed all steps in the new volunteer applicant portal

June 27, 2014 – Welcome letter from PC Jordan desk

July 07, 2014 – Dental Appointment; Dentist recommends that I have a composite tooth replaced with a permanent crown, also 1 small cavity filled. Those appointments get scheduled

July 10, 2014 – Physical and all the blood tests – my arm is very sore from the polio shot!

August 04, 2014 – First appointment for new crown, to prep the tooth for the crown. Also, paid my dental bill – wish they’d given me novacaine for *that* part!

August 18, 2014 – Appointment for my crown. At this point I am technically past the medical deadline, which I had communicated with PC Medical about and they were understanding. I had all of my other test results uploaded prior to this and all that was left was my dental paperwork reflecting the work done.

August 18, 2014 – Medically cleared – within a few hours of uploading information

August 28, 2014 – Staging Date Change, it is now October 14 instead of October 16!

August 28, 2014 – Pre-departure checklist emailed from PC Jordan

September 03, 2014 – Welcome letter from PC Jordan director and action items

September 08, 2014 – Senior staff calls sign up

September 15, 2014 – Staging information received, flight to Philadelphia for staging booked! Leaving October 14 from MSP at 7:05a

September 23, 2014 – Conference call. I am on vacation in New York City with a friend, so I take this call in a cafe in lower Manhattan and hope that it doesn’t get too loud.

September 24, 2014 – Homestay survey completed

October 07, 2014 – Arabic alphabet test completed

October 14, 2014 – Staging in Philadelphia – Now officially a Peace Corps Trainee!

October 15, 2014 – Left Philadelphia for Jordan

October 17, 2014 – (2am local) – arrived in Jordan

December 11, 2014 – Site Announcements

December 29, 2014 – Swearing In – I am now an official Peace Corps Volunteer!

March 03, 2015 – Received email from DPT regarding a meeting the next day. Everyone begins to wonder if it’s bad news.

March 04, 2015 – Bryan, our Country Director, tells those of us serving in the Karak region the news that we are going home. I go tell my community center and host family the news. There are tears, but also lots of support. I tell my mother I’m coming home, and to keep it quiet. We don’t want it leaking before we get a chance to leave.

March 05, 2015 – I tell the students and teachers at my school the news.

March 06, 2015 – I spend my last day in Karak with the 8th grade English teacher, Miss Samar, and her family. It is a beautiful, bittersweet day for a picnic.

March 07, 2015 – We all head to Madaba. We’re given the chance to have lunch with our PST host families. I cry a little with my host mom, but I am glad to see them one last time. Tamara, and all the other LCFs came to meet up with us in Madaba. There are a lot of tears at the conference where our amazing DPT, Lisa, directs the meeting that helps us process everything. We go out for a last hookah with the LCFs before we have to board the bus for Amman airport at 11:30pm.

March 08, 2015 – We leave the country just after 2am. Arriving in Germany, we learn Peace Corps has put out the press release of our departure. We arrive in Washington D.C for the transition conference.

March 09-11, 2015 – The transition conference in DC. Peace Corps staff provides us a lot of support. Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet spends time with us both days of the conference. She hears our protests and explains the decision to us.

March 11, 2015 – I head home, officially closing my service as a Peace Corps Volunteer. We’re given full RPCV status, including Noncompetitive eligibility and expedited re-application status until October. There is no COS ceremony, no bell ringing, just a cab arriving to take me to the airport. I am now an RPCV.


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April 11, 2015 – I complete the new Peace Corps application. Still not sure if I want to serve.

April 15, 2015 – Receive the site selection form and soft skills questionnaire.

June 2, 2015 – I receive and accept my invitation to serve in Colombia with service dates of January 12, 2016 through April 17, 2018.

July 16, 2015 – Final Medical Clearance Documents become available on the Medical Portal

July 20, 2015 – The Pre Service Nurse informs me that she will begin reviewing my current PC Medical file and deletes nearly every task from my portal.

August 11, 2015 – I go in for another series of tests for a condition that has been recently diagnosed.

August 23, 2015 – Results are available.l print and upload all the testing I’ve had done for the condition since diagnosis (March). I am medically cleared for service within a few hours of uploading.

August 31, 2015 – I receive an email from the Office of Innovation about Pre-Service Language training they want us to complete. I’m impressed they want us to do some language things prior to departure, but smile slightly knowing what PST will be like for language. Still, it’s an app I already use, and won’t hurt at all.

October 17, 2015 – Mail my Peace Corps passport to the country desk officer so that they have it when its time to process visas.

November 18, 2015 – Email from Colombia with “Bridge to Service” book and Welcome Book.

November 30, 2015 – Visa application information received. Submitted.

December 14, 2015 – Google Hangout language proficiency interview. It goes horribly. Oh well.

December 14, 2015 – Staging information received. Flight booked to staging. January 12 arrival in Miami, arrival January 13 in country.

December 23, 2015 – Host family and technical surveys received.

December 26, 2015 – Surveys returned to PC Colombia.

December 29, 2015 – Message from Pre-service medical – where is your Yellow fever shot? Travel clinics not available due to holidays. Add a day visiting a travel clinic to my DC trip (yay).

December 30, 2015 – Colombian Embassy emails saying visa has been processed.

January 08, 2016 – Staging information received – small update explaining how to get to staging from airport.

January 12, 2016 – Off to staging in Miami!

January 13, 2016 – I leave Miami, and arrive in Barranquilla only 2 hours later!

January 16, 2016 – Move in day with our training families!

March 18, 2016 – Site announcements!

April 15, 2016 – Swearing in, now officially a PCV again!

 

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