This is a quick rundown of the steps I took to get accepted to Peace Corps Thailand.
March 20, 2013: Went to a Peace Corps informational event. I have had Peace Corps on my to-do list since I was five, but this was my “holy crap I should be doing this” moment.
March 24, 2013: Started my Peace Corps Application…it is sort of a beast.
April 3, 2013: Submitted my application and my three references.
April 9, 2013: Had my Peace Corps interview with the local recruiter, it lasted two hours.
April 10-20, 2013: Paperwork (this will become a theme). My recruiter sent me some supplemental questionnaires to fill out to get me qualified for a few different programs.
April 29, 2013: Nominated for the health sector with a tentative departure date of January 2014.
May, 2013: This month was full of medical pre-screen paperwork, fingerprints, background checks, and candidate profile paperwork.
May 30, 2013: Legally cleared.
June 15, 2013: Sent in updated resume and final transcripts
June 24, 2013: Invited! Youth in Development position in Thailand leaving January 10, 2014!
July, 2013: Filled out passport and visa paperwork, submitted another updated resume, finished my aspiration statement, and then did a bunch more paperwork 🙂
July-Sept, 2013: These months were filled with many shots, physicals, lady bits exam, dental check-up, getting a cavity filled, finding old shot records, blood work, you get the idea.
Sept 30, 2013: Medically cleared. Whew!
Of course there has been about a thousand calls to get my student loans squared away, making packing lists, getting my finances in order, etc, but I won’t bore you with all those details.
So now I’m waiting to leave for staging on January 9th and then it is off to Thailand on the 11th!