Finally, a word

I got a call from the Placement Office!  Finally! Crazy, last night I had resigned myself to not hearing anything for another month.  I thought “I will know by April, for sure.”  The officer was asking me about my application and interview.  In my application I specified that I would only go to Africa or Asia.  And when my recruiter interviewed me I said this was because I had invested interest because of my field of study and my undergraduate research and internship.  When my placement officer saw this in my application it was a red flag.  He says, in his mind if there are things that an applicant is unwilling to do, like go to other regions, then it may mean that they are unwilling to do some other things in the field.  He has a lot of applicants, about three times the amount he needs, and something like this could throw me out of the pool.  I was shocked.  After stuttering and saying um a bunch of times, I finally explained to him that this was a career move, that I want to spend the rest of my career in Asia or Africa and the peace corps could push me forward.  And he understood but he wanted to see that I was willing and I consented.

Then he asked some resume specific questions, blah blah blah.  He said that the program I have been nominated for has a bunch of applicants and it is a relatively small program and then he asked if I would be willing to leave in early April, and I was like ‘heck yes.’ He said he would call me again in the next couple of days.

I feel like I have been waiting for this call for nine months, ever since I got my nomination.  It feels so good to finally have the ball rolling!

My Timeline

So I applied for the Peace Corps. As an applicant myself, I was eager to know about other applicant’s process and their waiting period.  As you can see by the timeline, there was a lot of waiting…

March 08, 2009- submit application

April 15ish- interview with Recruiter

May 26- Informed me that he was not able to nominate me for a program, will try again in a few months

June 5- Positions opened up and Recruiter nominated me for a Comumunity Development program leaving May 2010 in Sub saharan Africa.   Encouraged to gain HIV/AIDS awareness experience

October-ish- dentally cleared after resubmitting tests and what not

December 1st- medically cleared after more extensive medically paperwork on some medical issues and moved on to placement.

Here I am, it is the end of January and I have been waiting for a word, a blink, a prod from the placement office but… alas.