Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Next Step

Some people have asked me what's next in the application process now that I've been nominated for a position. Well, the next step is "Medical Clearance". My file will be sent to the Peace Corps HQ in Washington, DC. I'll then be sent a medical kit within the next two weeks. This is basically a bunch of paperwork I need filled out by my doctor and dentist. (They want to make sure I'm healthy and don't have any unexpected conditions when I might be far from a doctor while serving the Peace Corps.)

Then once I send all that medical paperwork back to DC, I could be waiting for up to 3 or 4 months before they process my file. (Hey, no surprise. It's the US government we're talking about...) It's at that point, after I'm medically cleared, the placement officer in DC will look over my file and determine where I am best suited based on my skills and the available positions to be filled. That's when I'll get an official invitation to a country, along with a more specific departure date. And that's also why the position might change, as 3 or 4 months from now there could be different or more urgent requests from the host countries. After being given the official invitation, I'll have 10 days to make a decision on whether to accept the invitation.

So, for now, I'm just waiting for the medical forms to be sent. And then I get to wait 3 or 4 months.