Monthly Archives: December 2013

Goodbye to Pancho and Lefty

Well, as of today I no longer own any cats. Pancho and Lefty have both gone to new homes. Pancho – the laziest, most laid-back cat ever born – has gone to the home of two young artists and their 15-month old son, a good match I think. Lefty – my smart, little black cat – has gone to the home of a good friend who has owned many cats and truly loves them. I feel good that I’ve found loving homes for my pets, but a little sad, too. It’s the first of many transitions.Image

Peace Corps application timeline

When I started to consider applying to the Peace Corps, this was the first thing I looked for when searching other people’s blogs. For background, (a) I am an RPCV (Micronesia 19080-1982), which may have helped speed things up a little, and (b) I am older (nearly 60, gasp!), which definitely helped slow things down a little, mainly on the medical stuff. Having said that, I’ve moved remarkably quickly through the process I think, even skipping a few steps, so take this for what it’s worth – each application and timeline is very different.

  • Submitted application:                               May 20, 2013
  • First contact from recruiter:                      May 21, 2013 (email which said references were being contacted, & interview would be scheduled as soon as all 3 were received)
  • Interview with recruiter:                             June 4, 2013
  • Nominated:                                                June 5, 2013 (for community economic development, location tba)
  • MAP documentation requests:                 June 5, 2013 (asked for 3 medical conditions to be assessed and form filled out by doctor)
  • Received legal kit:                                       June 20, 2013
  • Sent legal kit to D.C:                                   June 25, 2013
  • Notified legal kit received:                           June 27, 2013
  • Medically pre-cleared:                                 August 12, 2013
  • Placement questionnaire                            August 28, 2013
  • Uploaded questionnaire to website:           September 3, 2013 (note – many people have a phone interview scheduled after this step, but for whatever reason, this did not happen in my case.)
  • INVITATION RECEIVED!                            September 23, 2013 (Individual and Organizational Development, Georgia, April 2014)
  • Begin medical process:                             October 1, 2013
  • Finish medical/dental process:                  November 29, 2013 (uploaded all forms to MAP site)
  • Notified that all documents received:         December 4, 2013
  • Received medical/dental clearance:          December 23, 2013

Now I will begin taking the irrevocable steps necessary to move forward – giving notice at my job of 13 years, selling my house and car, and all that goes along with that. Other than major milestones, I have no intention of boring anyone with the details!