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It took my wife and me about 16 months from when we pressed "submit" on our applications to when we left for staging.My timeline is listed below. I would be curious to know how it compared to others. Is it true that now you get the invitation BEFORE you do your medical stuff? For us getting the invitation was the "golden ticket". Now, I guess getting medical clearance is the last big hurdle? Oct 26, 2009 Began the online applicationNov 25, 2009 Finished the online application and pressed the “submit” buttonDec 1, 2009 Last of the three references submitted their commentsDec 18, 2009 Had our interview. It went very well, but he could not nominate us at this time with our skill sets as there were no positions for couples. He suggested we add to our skills by doing some English teaching tutoring in a volunteer situation. Jan 23, 2010 We began our ESL volunteer service locallyMar 8, 2010 Our recruiter called with the good news. We were nominated for positions in Eastern Europe with a departure date of March 2011. Mar 19, 2010 We received our Medical/Dental packet. Apr 28, 2010 Tish has dropped her Medical Packet envelope in the mail. May 3, 2010 I dropped my Medical Packet envelope in the mail.Sept 24, 2010 We received notification that we were medically cleared and our file was moving on to the placement officer. Oct 15, 2010 We got a phone call from the Placement Officer. After a quick interview she said they were considering us for placement in Sub Saharan Africa with an April departure date. The job I would be doing would change from English teaching to HIV/AIDS Capacity Building.Oct 21, 2010 We received the official invitation from the Peace Corps to serve in Botswana. Our service is to begin April 2011.Oct 24, 2010 We emailed our acceptance of the invitation for service.Oct 25, 2010 We received an email from the Peace Corps with this opening sentence: “Congratulations and welcome to the Peace Corps! Your place in the Botswana program has now been confirmed.” (This email arrived almost one year, to the day, from the start of our application process.)April 4, 2011 Pre-Service training began in Botswana
I received my nomination in May with no destination, area of service, or departure date. Because of some Medical issues that I worked on I receive premedical clearance early in November. Since I didn't hear from a placement recruiter by the end of Nov. I contacted a local recruiter who said to be patient but after reviewing my application said that I could check with the Educational Department and ask about Special Education. I waited two weeks and emailed the Educational Department. Before Christmas I got a email saying that they have screen my application and will forward it to a placement recruiter and I should hear from them soon. I still haven't heard from anyone and it has been at least 3 weeks. I believe they have changed the system of nominations since May since some people find out their placement location and departure date when they receive their nomination but that does leave people like me up in the air not knowing when, where, or what I will be doing in the Peace Corps. At this point I am not sure which office to contact to find out who will be receiving my application and what area of the Peace Corps I will be serving. Do you have any idea who to contact to see who my Placement Recruiter will be so I at least have someone who can advise me or answer some questions regarding my Timeline. Such as when and where I might be going and what I may be doing in the Peace Corps. I have received no information in these areas since my nomination in May.