My Peace Corps Timeline

When I was researching for my decision to serve with the Peace Corps, it was helpful to me to see other applicants timelines. Looking at several different timelines is a good way to get a realistic idea of the processing time for your Peace Corps application. It is recommended that you apply 1 year to 8 months before the month you would want to depart. If you have any questions about applying to the Peace Corps, please leave a comment or go to

September 25, 2012: Submitted my online application. My references received emails to submit their recommendation letters. I had personal, professional, and volunteer references.

October 17, 2012: Received an email from the regional recruiter stating that he received 2 of recommendations but had not received my personal recommendation. I immediately contacted my best friend whom told me that it was accidentally deleted. I had my recruiter send me the link and forwarded it to her.

October 30, 2012: Scheduled a time for our phone interview. I had just meet a RPCV that graduated from the same school. We had a sit down and did kind of a mock interview so that I could talk out my responses. He said after talking with me that there should be no reason why I wouldn’t get a nomination.

November 14, 2012: I am pacing in my dorm room when I hear the phone ring. It’s my recruiter and the interview begins. I was confident and nervous the whole time. After the questions, my recruiter told me that he felt good in nominating me for the Education Sector and departing August 2013.

November 15, 2012: I received my Nomination Email.

November 20, 2013 (approx.): I received my Legal kit in the email. I went to the UCAPD to have the figure prints done but I had come back on a certain week day to have them done. I went back on that day, put it in the envelope and sent it out.

December 26, 2013: Legally Cleared! I saw this after the new year in the Application Portal.

In the meantime: I sent a couple of emails to my recruiter to update him on my college graduation, volunteer work, and address changes.

March 21, 2013: I received an email from a placement officer. She asked me to fill out an English Teaching Questionnaire. In this questionnaire, I had to mention that I had just installed my top row of braces the previous week. I was informed to notify the Medical Officer and that this may change my nomination.

April 4, 2013: Received a message from the Medical Officer stating that I couldn’t be considered for program departing before November 2013, since my braces would be taken off in September 2013. I relayed this information to my placement officer.

May 6, 2013: I received an email from my placement officer stating: “I wanted to touch base with you to let you know that we are currently transitioning to our slowest programmatic season. It is not uncommon that nomination details change, in particular that departure dates are later than originally anticipated.  Given your new availability date outlined by the Office of Medical Services (OMS), and our program needs I will be considering you for a program departing Jan. 2014. I will likely not begin the final assessment for Jan.2014 programs until late July/August 2013.  As you await more information from out office, do continue to gain regular hands-on English teaching/tutoring experience, to continue building your skills.”

July 1, 2013: After emailing about other address update, I received an email stating: “Your address has been updated.  Our office is focused on programs departing Jan.-June 2014.  I should be in touch with you in the next few months regarding next steps.  Assuming you are qualified for placement, you would receive an invitation at least 4 months before program departure.”

July 15, 2013: Finally! No, I received another email to set up a phone call time for that week or the following week. I replied but no answer. When those days had passed and I got no reply, I sent another email with new times for the following week. No reply. I had been on vacation so when I went back to work, I sent another email with new times for the following week awhile at work.

July 30, 2013: I got a reply! We set up a time for that Thursday to chat.

August 1, 2013: The day of the call, she called me an hour early! I was still at work but picked up the phone anyway. She called me back an hour later while I was driving home and asked me if I could park somewhere or could we reschedule another time. I pulled over immediately. We talked for about 30 minutes and she said that she felt good about placing me and said that I would have my email invitation by the end of the week.

I go home to eat and take a nap. I get on my iPad and browse my social networks. I realized that I hadn’t checked my email for the day. There awaited my invitation! She sent it early!

I was invited to serve in Morocco under the Youth Development Sector.

September 30, 2013: Completed my passport application (I didn’t need to apply for a visa for Morocco). I shipped it by UPS the next day.

I am super excited and I hope you all will follow my journey through this blog.

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9 thoughts on “My Peace Corps Timeline

  1. Hi Renee, my name is Landy and I’m currently serving in Jordan. I wanted to connect with you as another African American volunteer in the middle east. Sharing stories and ideas.

  2. Awesome! Mostly only commercial products but I have found a regimen that works for me. I basically use conditioner in it everyday as a moisturizer. They sell bottles of oil all over the place -any of them will work but lately I have just been using olive oil and corn oil (very easy to find here). So water, oil and conditioner have been my best friends. I can’t remember the names of the conditioner but when I know it I can tell you. The green house method helps me as well. do you know what that is?

  3. hey there! Thanks for reading my blog! Looking at yours takes me back a year ago when I was in this phase of waiting as well! You are going to have an amazing time full with adventures! Reading your post takes me back to when I was in a phase of waiting as well! Time flies! Before you know it you will be here and a year will have passed! I’m happy and excited for you! Let me know when you know your departure date. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me. . -Jordone, Peace Corps Morocco, Youth Development …God bless you! :) ….ps- I am natural too so if you have any questions about how that works over here I’m here to answer those as well :)

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