I applied for the Peace Corps online. The application wasn’t at all as imposing as I’d imagined — a lot of biographical information, some short essays and 3 references. I was so grateful that my references were prompt about getting them in!
I had my interview over the phone. I prepared more for this interview than I have for any other interview I’ve ever done: writing out answers to the pre-interview questions they sent me and reading other applicants’ accounts of preparation. I didn’t really expect to get an answer by the end of the interview so I was shocked when my interviewer said “I’m ready to nominate you.” at the end of the phone call.
I received a call on my first day of student teaching. No students were in the classroom, just me and my cooperating teacher. I was stunned by the conversation and said just one word to her after I hung up: “Africa!”. I was nominated for English Teaching Training or University English Teaching in Francophone Africa, departing September, 2012.
I began working on my medical information packet.
Received a request from the placement office for an updated resume and information on how I’ve been preparing for service.
Received placement review questions from a placement officer on May 30th. I sent in my answers on May 31st.
Waiting for final interview/invitation.
June 12, 2012
Toolkit updated: the invitation is in the mail!!
June 20, 2012
My invitation arrived via UPS. I was invited to serve in Rwanda leaving September 10th, 2012!