It’s Happening Now

My Peace Corps invitation is in the mail!!

“That’s great dear. I’m proud of you. Now sell everything. ” -Dad

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Placement Update

Just a quick note –

I received a phone call from the Placement Office this morning – my nomination program, which was once slated for March and then for June, has now been canceled.

Eep!

On a positive note, however, they said they would definitely place me in a different program, and that I may leave as early as April. I also may find out my invitation details by the end of this week or next!!

Placement Nudge

Perhaps the Placement Office keeps up with Peace Corps Journals and just read about how patient I’ve been (ha). Perhaps they were so impressed with my calm demeanor towards the whole thing (haha) that yesterday they decided to send me a little nudge.

Or, more likely, perhaps they’ve finally begun to review more applications for the April-June nominations.

Either way, the Placement Office is “busy reviewing my file” and apparently needs a resume update!

They also need a second romantic questionnaire update, which I am happy to give them. The fact that I’ve had a significant other for 8 years has been a large factor in this application. No, we’re not married, but yes, we believe we’re ready for a period like this in our life. I’ll write about that progression if or when I become a volunteer.

To everyone writing comments – thank you! They’ve been very helpful and greatly appreciated.

Placement Patience

So it’s mid-December, and I haven’t heard anything yet from the Peace Corps office regarding my application.  I don’t know who my Placement Officer is, and though I’m volunteering a whole lot, I haven’t been asked to share that recent information with anyone at the main office.  It’s alright though, and certainly a little expected. Patience has become the word of the season.

Though the Peace Corps office stated that June departures won’t hear anything until at least January/February, they’ve teased us a little by already sending out a couple of invites for that time period (or, at least the PeaceCorpsWiki Timeline leads us to believe this).  This has created quite a buzz in some online forums among many other “June babies” like myself.  It’s reassuring to be able to communicate with others who are also biting their nails in anticipation for something to happen.

People ask me all the time if I know where and when I’m headed, and I reassure them that I should know any month now.

In the Meantime

To make the wait from Medical Clearance to Invitation bearable, which I understand can take from now until January or February (or April!) 2010, I’ve been doing a lot of schooling and volunteering in Dallas. This is kind of a new frontier for me since usually school and/or work took up most of my time.  Currently, I’m sort of doing a mish mash of both and have more time to volunteer in multiple places at once.

No matter what I do when I’m out and about, when I’m sitting at my computer it’s only been the natural habit for me to browse the PC Wiki, Journals, and Facebook Groups for solace and help trying to pinpoint what my future with the Peace Corps will be like. I do this on an almost daily basis. It’s comforting to read other applicant and volunteer journals to see what they experience and to know that I’m not alone currently and won’t be when the time comes to ship out.

That being said, and now that I’m beginning this blog, I hope this new way of passing the time will not only serve me but other people in all degrees of curiosity about the Peace Corps experience.

Medically Cleared!

Four to 5 months earlier than I expected, I was medically cleared this morning!!

Medically clear

The Ball is Moving Quickly

So, as my timeline suggests, I was informed that my nomination was moved from March to June 2010. I was also informed by the placement desk that I would not even hear from them until January/February 2010 regarding my medical status.

Well last week that all changed. My medical file is now changed to “under review” and I have already submitted the updated information they requested last Friday. Now all I do is wait! Well, wait and create this blog.

I’m still creating this blog so it will most likely change many times before I’m finished.