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Peace Corps Update: The Final Countdown


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Yesterday I received my final questions from the Health Placement Desk. I was able to get everything filled out, submit an updated resume, and update my contact information shortly after receiving the documents, and sent everything back before bed last night.  I think Peace Corps applicants surely hold internet-speed records for fastest response and submissions rates – ha!

This morning I awoke to the following email:

Dear Hannah,

All of the requested information as been received, and a Placement Specialist will do a final review your file to best match your skill set to an available program.  You can expect to hear from our office again approximately within the next 6-8 weeks regarding a final suitability interview and/or possible placement.

I encourage you (as I do all of our applicants) to take this time to continue to gain additional professional/volunteer experience relevant to the program in which you were nominated to.  This will allow you to stand out as an applicant and also make you a stronger resource in a future host community.  It is also important that you remain geographically flexible and open to worldwide placement as this will satisfy Core Expectation #3 which is to serve where Peace Corps asks you to.

Lastly, it is very important that your contact information is always up to date.  If you have had any changes to your contact information, please log into your online portal and make the necessary changes.

Should you have any additional questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me.

Woohoo!  Looks like I’m almost, ALMOST there.  Now begins the desperate desire to check my email every 10 seconds JUST in case PC emailed me with my invitation.  Pretty exciting!

I know I have up to eight weeks of waiting ahead of me, but my gut tells me that I’ll be hearing sooner. Hopefully MUCH sooner, as I seriously think I’m going to develop high blood pressure with all this anticipation.  As a reminder, my nomination was originally for a departure within the first week of September for the health sector. I was also advised that I would need to be a good swimmer – an odd but telling clue (at least to my PC obsessive brain).  If I were a bettin’ gal, I would probably be putting some money on Fiji right about now.  But! We’ll see! 


5 thoughts on “Peace Corps Update: The Final Countdown

  1. Tyler – that's awesome! And so exciting! Please be sure to keep in touch!

  2. Hi Hannah,I'm in the same boat as you.. same recruiter, field, departure timeline, and the swimming requirement. Let me know if you hear anything, and if I hear before you I'll do the same!

  3. Haha, thanks to both of you! I've got my fingers crossed for something sooner, but am prepared for the long haul. It's now 125 days until Fiji leaves, so they have 5 days to invite me! Otherwise, I can sit back and start checking off countries I know I WON'T be going to.

  4. Haha, I second Lily's comment, and I'm only in my second week of waiting. I'm usually a pretty relaxed person – but lately I have been checking my email so many times a day, I'm embarrassed to count! Best of luck to you. Solidarity, sister! :)-Sarah Hanson

  5. Just so you know, these next 6-8 weeks will probably be the longest most stressful weeks of the whole process… at least until the next part. It was for me, anyway. Don't let it get that bad and congratulations! Its coming! I'm so excited for you!

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