I thought a timeline of my application process would give you an idea of how long it's taken to get to this point:
Mid-Fall Semester 08- Sent in PC Application & Recommendations
January 2009- 2 hour Phone interview with Chicago's PC Regional Office
February 3rd, 2009- Nominated for Community Development in Africa
March 09- Recieved Medical Packet, started scheduling required doctors appointments
May 09 (or later?)- Sent in all required Medical Documents (after numerous doctor and dentist appointments)
Mid-Summer 09- Sent in immunization records (including Polio) requested by the Medical Office
Late Summer/Early Fall 09 (6 or more weeks after sending in Polio Documentation)- recieved another request for polio immunization documentation-- only after calling the MO did they clarify that it has to be since you turned 18....!!!!!
November 09- Got Polio immunization booster shot, sent the MO documentation
Early December 09- Got Medical Clearance-- FINALLY!
December 16th, 2009- Call from Placement Office to ask some follow up questions, found out I might not be the best applicant for my original nomination, started thinking I might be going to Eastern Europe for Youth Development....ahhhh.
December 30th, 2009- got THE call-- invited to serve as a Preventative Health and Environmental Education Volunteer in "Africa" (he couldn't tell me the country over the phone)
January 4th, 2010- (after an agonizing long holiday weekend of waiting)- recieved my Invitation Kit in the mail. Job Title: Environmental Education Extension Agent, Staging: March 10, 2010, Training: March 12, 2010- Thiels, Senegal!
January 7th, 2010- called the Senegal Desk to accept my invitation to serve! & mailed my no-fee passport application and Visa application to SATO travel.
January 12th, 2010- emailed my updated Resume and Aspiration Statement (my first impression to the in-country staff!!)
January 14th, 2010- wrote this blog, avoided cleaning my room & packing :)