Our Peace Corps Timeline

This was our timeline as Peace Corps applicants.  This may be unique to us as we applied as a couple.  Peace Corps required that we be married for six months prior to our departure.  This requirement was increased to one year after August 2009.

  • 27 July 2008-application for Peace Corps submitted!
  • Fall 2008-interviews with recruiter
  • 13 August 2009-Dental checkup
  • 14 September 2009-Medical Evaluation
  • 27 April 2009-phone call from our recruiter who has nominated us for an assignment in sub-Saharan Africa teaching English (Paul) and Environmental Education (Maddy) starting mid-June 2010
  • 6 January 2010-Call from our placement officer about the possibility of leaving early in March for Africa as our program in June was canceled.  Paul’s assignment changed from English to Preventative Health.
  • 14 January 2010-Interview with placement officer about our progress as Peace Corps applicants (language, new experiences, training)
  • 18 January 2010-Receive Peace Corps invitation by Fed-Ex.  Opened the magic envelope to reveal that we were assigned to Senegal.
  • 26 January 2010-Called Placement Office to accept invitation, left a message on their machine
  • 27 January 2010-Placement officer calls back
  • 28 January 2010-turn in all visa and passport paperwork
  • 4 February 2010-Staging instructions
  • 8 February 2010-Book flight to DC through SATO travel
  • 8 March 2010-Washington DC for staging orientation
  • 9 March 2010-To Thies, Senegal for pre-service training
  • 14 May 2010-Sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer if meet language, technical requirements

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