Peace Corps Application Timeline

Hi Friends and Family! Here it is: exact dates for the Peace Corps application process...

August 2, 2013: Submitted my application online.


September, ? 2013: In-person interview (I cannot for the life of me remember the exact date).

November 20, 2013: Nominated for a program in a Spanish speaking country, which would leave in October 2014 (I later found out the country was Guatemala). At this point, I was asked to complete medical forms and a legal/fingerprinting kit. I was also told that I needed to work on my Spanish (via tutoring etc.) if I wanted to be invited to this program. 


December 17, 2013: Sent my fingerprinting forms and legal kit to Peace Corps Headquarters.


January 4, 2014: Peace Corps received my fingerprinting forms and legal kit.


Medical forms were completed continually, as they constantly asked for more forms and each had a different due date.  


May 21, 2014: Gained Medical Pre-Clearance (based on all those forms I filled out)


June 16, 2014: Notified that I was no longer nominated for service in Guatemala


June 17, 2014: Invitation to South Africa! (I accepted my invitation the same day). At this point, I was given A LOT of paperwork to fill out, including visa forms, passport forms, more medical appointments, shots I needed etc. 


June 21, 2014: Sent in forms for visa and Peace Corps passport (different from personal passport). 


Next steps include getting Yellow Fever vaccine, and dental and doctor's appointments (which I have not scheduled yet, but these are required to be completed two months before departure, Nov. 20)


*January 20, 2015: Departure date for initial staging


*January 22, 2015: Departure date for South Africa


As you can see, it's a realllllly long process. It was a bit longer for me since I have medical conditions that prevent me from serving in some countries. Basically, I could've left a few months earlier, but none of those countries met my medical needs (I need an EKG once a year and I need access to certain medicines etc.) Anyway, I hope this helps anyone considering service in the Peace Corps, and I hope it shows how early you need to apply. 

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