Thursday, January 14, 2010

Application Timeline

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 :)


  1. Sarah - I totally understand the "avoiding packing" part. Just back from a 4 months trip and now so sick & tired of packing and unpacking every day.

    What we have learned: Take basics, no fancy stuff. Only things you really, really need and cannot buy or wash there (early enough). We did pack and then reduce the stuff the next day by half - it wa still too much.

    Enjoy your adventure!

  2. Thanks for the tip Martina, sorry I just saw it now! I hope you and Philip are having fun on all your travel adventures :)