Hello, I'm one half of a married couple that applied to peace corps in January for English Literacy Teaching Assistant positions in Samoa. It's been 4 months since receiving our under consideration email and finally on April 14th my application status changed to being under review. My husband's had been under review since the end of March. Our know by date is June 1 but I know that there have been many people who have already interviewed and accepted positions in Samoa, and since we haven't heard anything yet I'm fairly sure we are not going to be chosen which is a bit heartbreaking.
To be honest I'm really worried that since my husband and I have such different skill sets it may be much harder to ever be placed to serve together. I have about 9 years solid volunteer experience (including ESL tutoring for 3 years) and several years of employment in non-profits- mainly in the field of job development for hard to serve populations. I also did AmeriCorps while in college and my BS is in Human Services. My husband is currently a middle school special education teacher and almost all of his work and volunteer experience has been with students that have severe disabilities.
Both of us have been very interested in peace corps for quite some time now, we even spoke with a recruiter in February to discuss if we needed to do anything to strengthen our application but he told us that we already have great backgrounds.. I guess it would be great to hear from the couples out there that went through the process and were able to serve? It would be awesome to hear some encouraging stories or any advice. Thank you.