Family and Friends … I’m joining the Peace Corps!

June 1, 2010

Family and Friends,

I guess it’s time to fill all of you in on my little secret. The last few weeks have been quite the adventure for me and I must say it has been extremely difficult not sharing this information with all of you. In short, I wanted to wait until a few things were more concrete before announcing to the world the decisions I have made for the upcoming months … and years. Some of these things have now fallen into place, so here’s goes …

About two weeks ago I decided to apply for the Peace Corps. I won’t go into deal about my reasons for applying (you can read that on the “My Peace Corps Decision” page) but I will tell you a bit about what I’ve gone through over the last two weeks.

Everything was pretty much a whirlwind. I decided to apply last Monday and after submitting my application spent the next few days asking for recommendations, doing research, reading blogs, and getting excited about the opportunity. It took about a week for all my paperwork to get in and for the phone call to come to set up an interview. That happened last Monday and the interview was scheduled for Friday.

I went on the interview on Friday and it went incredibly well. We talked about my options with PC – youth development, teaching, and teacher trainer positions. I was most interested in youth development and teacher training … go figure. My recruiter set up a phone call for today to inform me of my nomination so I waited patiently (or not so patiently) all weekend for her to call today.

Well, today that phone call came and she informed me that she was nominating me for a Teacher Training position in the Pacific Islands leaving in October, 2010. After a big of deductive reasoning (looking at their scheduled leave dates for a Pacific Island departure in October) I figured out that I am being nominated for the island of Tonga (you don’t officially find out your country until the final stage about two months before departure).

This was actually quite a surprise for me. I had done some research and had another idea of where I would be going, but I’m not too disappointed at the proposition of spending my time on a tropical island J I will admit that October is much sooner than I had anticipated, but if that’s when they need me, that’s when I’ll go.

It’s not quite as easy as that though … a nomination does not mean I’m definitely going (you can read the “App Process Explained” page for details on that). All it means is that they want me to continue in the process. The next step is medical clearance, which is quite the endeavor. I’ll be heading to the eye doctor, dentist, and general doctor for check ups and exams to prove I’m in good health. I might have to get fillings, new glasses, immunizations, special tests, etc. I may also have to go back to my therapist from years ago or previous doctors for additional information. The next four weeks or so are going to be quite busy.

If all checks out then I’ll be off to the Pacific Islands in October … worst case scenario, if things go too slowly or I have any medical issues that need to be dealt with, that location and date could be changed … but I’ll still make it into the Peace Corps sometime in the near future.

All in all, this is a decision I’m very excited to have made. It means a huge change for me, but it’s something I think I was meant to do. I’m more than happy to chat with anyone about the process, the program, or why I’m doing this! Feel free to read through any pages on this blog or any previous posts to see what the process has been like.

This is something I’ll keep up through my process as well as my service in the PC.

5 Responses to “Family and Friends … I’m joining the Peace Corps!”

  1. nicole8504 Says:

    I am so confident that everyone will be so proud of you!🙂 You will be an inspiration!

  2. michael mcc Says:

    Hello, I was just looking at your post from Pcjournals.com, and I was curious as to how you got to see the departure dates for programs? Im anxiously waiting for my invite and have been trying to guess the country myself-any help would be great. Love the blog, best of luck to you.

    • kylenemichele Says:

      Hi Michael, hopefully you get this message! I’m not sure if you’ve been on the website yet, but you should visit http://www.peacecorpswiki.org … this is a site with everything you could possibly want to know about the PC put together by RPCVs and applicants. On the right on the main page there is a link to “Staging Dates” … this lists all the current staging dates for each country … if you know what month and region they have given you you can look through and see what the options are. Very helpful!!! Good luck🙂 Let me know if you figure out where you are going!

      • michael mcc Says:

        Thank you! I know im doing forestry in SE africa is all that they told me, and looking at January it looks like it may be S. Africa or Rwanda from the information available. It is certainly nerve-wracking at this point. Anyway, ill keep following and I may start my own post soon.
        Thanks-Michael

  3. Allison Says:

    I loved reading through your blog! I actually just finished the application last week, although have not received my packet in the mail yet (hopefully soon!). I was curious if there was any other info or tips for the interview you could give me… I always get so nervous when it comes to those things and I would hate for it to ruin my chances of getting chosen to serve. Hope to hear back from you and I will definately be checking up on your blog!


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