Application Timeline

Here is the detailed timeline of my application process, start to finish.

May 17, 2010 – Application submitted; Recommendations sent out
May 17, 2010 – 1st Recommendation in (my principal is quick!)

May 19, 2010 – Additional paperwork packet received (fingerprinting, request for transcripts, etc).
May 19, 2010 – 2nd Recommendation in

May 21, 2010 – Additional paperwork mailed to Seattle Recruitment Office

May 23, 2010 – 3rd Recommendation in

May 24, 2010 – Phone call with recruiter to set up interview for Friday

May 28, 2010 – Interview at Seattle Recruitment Office – went very well!

June 1, 2010 – Nomination phone call … Teacher Trainer, Pacific Islands, October 2010 … on to medical!

June 4, 2010 – Email informing me Medical Packet is on its way and needs to be returned ASAP (by June 21st) to keep on track with nomination … stress begins!

June 5, 2010 – Toolkit update informing me file is on Hold and under Medical review … glad to hear they’re on top of things!

June 11, 2010 – Medical Packet actually sent out … scheduled to arrive on Monday … I guess they aren’t really on top of things like I thought!

June 11 – June 28, 2010 – Way too many doctor’s appointments for my liking! Totally overwhelming … but at least I know every possible thing about my health now!

June 28, 2010 – Medical Packet sent back to Peace Corps (overnight).

July 1, 2010 – Medical Packet received by Peace Corps (according to tracking number).

July 2, 2010 – Update on Toolkit stating a decision has been made on both Medical and Application and to wait for a letter in the mail … commence freak out. One day for them to review my file!? And no check mark next to Medical leaving me completely confused … the waiting begins over the holiday weekend … oye.

July 5, 2010 – Letter arrives informing me of a deferral due to abnormal paps … however, only need physician’s signature on a form to lift deferral (scheduled appt. for July 12th).

July 6, 2010 – BIG DAY! Doctor’s signature (was impatient, called to see if cancellations, got in the same morning!) … faxed form to PC Medical … MEDICALLY CLEARED THAT AFTERNOON!

July 8, 2010 – Medical Clearance letter arrived in the mail … with a medical accommodation …I’m on to placement!

August 4, 2010 – Emailed Placement to see what’s going on with my application.

August 6, 2010 – Placement emailed back saying I should hear something in the next two weeks … only 17 days until 6 week deadline for current nomination. Nervous!

August 10, 2010 – Impatient … called regarding my new graduate degree, also asked about timing. They are still saying within two weeks … I guess I really do have to wait!

August 24, 2010 – 6 week deadline came and went with no information on Placement =(

September 1 – 7, 2010 – back and forth conversation with placement regarding whether I was receiving an invite to my nomination or not … lots of confusion … had another medical hold during this time for some new bloodwork … was lifted within 48 hours … ultimately found out that I was passed up because of my original medical accommodation. Was told I would hear about a new nomination by the end of the month.

September 30, 2010 – Received email with final interview questions … responded IMMEDIATELY … and they don’t lie; definitely heard by end of month!

October 1, 2010 – Toolkit Update – INVITED TO SERVE!!!

October 1, 2010 – Emailed PO and Education desk for more information on nomination … still in the dark.

October 4, 2010 1pm – Phone call from Placement letting me know I’m invited to Eastern Europe/Asia (most likely Asia) in January … 99% sure that means Thailand! Still waiting on invitation.
October 4, 2010 – 4pm – Invitation on Door Step! Invited to serve in Thailand!

October 5, 2010 – Accepted Invitation and started the next step in the journey … preparations.

Total Application Timeline = 140 days … almost five months. Pretty quick!
December 5-16, 2010 – Doctor’s appointments … bad results from an exam; need a procedure done … this definitely means a medical deferral … going through the appeal process and hopefully will still be able to go to Thailand.

December 20, 2010 – Procedure … all went well.

December 24, 2010 – Received pathology … I’m healthy now!

December 27, 2010 – Faxed in paperwork for medical appeal at 8:30am
December 27, 2010 – Received a call at 9:30am telling me I was cleared and will still be going to THAILAND!!!

Last updated December 27, 2010


2 responses

13 01 2011
Susan Powell Miller

Hooray for you, Kylene! I’m an old timer from Thailand 1 –yes, the very first group into Thailand after the Peace Corps was born. I will follow your blog with interest and wish you the very best on your exciting journey!

13 01 2011
Susan Powell Miller

When I joined the PC in 1961, I applied in June, received invitation in August and was on my way to training in October –to Ann Arbor, Michigan –in midwinter, a shock since I was from Florida! PC took care of all doctor’s appt.s and shots there. I like the way they do in-country training now.

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