I figure I should probably post my timeline – which I always finding interesting to read:

April 2010: Apply for Peace Corps – pretty sure  I did the whole application is one sitting
May 2010: Withdraw my application, because I accepted another job
October 2010: Start contacting my recruiter to reactive my application
October 29, 2010: Finally get a hold of recruiter – he was off recruiting and out of the office for a few weeks. Ask to reopen application, I am told to write an essay why I should be reconsidered.
November 18, 2010: Schedule interview
December 1, 2010: Interview and nomination for business advising Sub-Saharan Africa departing August, 2011.
December 2, 2010: Submit new resume
December 8, 2010: Medical packet is mailed, also I passed legal
December 14, 2010: Receive Medical packet
December 15, 2010: Dentist appointment
December 17, 2010: Met with my doctor, who was way too excited to do all the paperwork (I have a really great doc, btw)
December 28, 2010: Submit medical packet – after it takes what seems like forever for my polio titers to come back (they shipped them to California)
January 5, 2011: Medical packet is received – notified that it may not be looked at for some time
February 8th, 2011: Contact medical assistant about status of my packet – it is with a nurse and should be reviewed in the next weeks
February 11th, 2011: Contact dental assistant to find out status of dental packet
March 1st, 2011: Heard from nurse. She needed additional information
March, 9th, 2011: Heard back from nurse again – still missing a test. Take test same day.
March 10th, 2011: Fax in lab test
March 12, 2011: Medically cleared!
April 1, 2011: Dentally cleared (although official date was Jan. 7th)
April 23, 2011: Sent in an updated resume to the placement desk (was not requested to do so)
April 25, 2011: Placement acknowledges receipt of my resume
May 10, 2011: Receive email from placement saying my preliminary review is complete and my file is being passed to a specialist
May 12, 2011: Receive email from placement about budget cuts (https://mapya.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/email-from-placement-about-budget-cuts/)
July 19, 2011: Receive email from placement about opportunity in October
August 3, 2011: Invitation
August 8, 2011: Receive the official invitation and accept it – Ghana – staging is October 4, 2011
October 6, 2011: Arrive in Ghana
December 15, 2011: Swear-in as a Peace Corps Volunteer
November 20, 2013: Successfully Complete Peace Corps Service!

Foreign Service Timeline:
First test: February 2010 – fail
Second test: February 2011 – pass, fail QEP
Third test: June 2013 – pass, passed QEP
January 2014 – pass oral assessment with score of 5.7
March 11, 2014 – Medical Clearance granted Class 1
March 14, 2014 – Security Interview
May 9, 2014 – Added to management register
May 13, 2014 – Notified of clearances granted, being added to register, and given offer to join 178th Foreign Service Generalist class
May 13, 2014 – accepted offer, of course



5 thoughts on “Timeline

  1. Really interesting to ready, Caitlin. Helps (somewhat) to demystify the process for potential applicants! This probably made the State Department internship application seem like small beans, huh? 😉

  2. I can identify with your timeline. My interview was in December 2010 and I’m heading to Ghana in February 2012 for Peace Corps training. I hope we are able to meet each other while we are both in Ghana.

    • Linda, I am excited you are coming to Ghana. This country really is great. I love it here (for the most part, of course). Training is very intense and stressful, but everyone says that after training, everything is a breeze. I am sure we will see each other once you arrive. I would highly suggest packing a towel, btw 🙂

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