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.
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!