I saw this type of post on another blog (http://mobleyfamily.info/), and thought it was at least good for myself to have the timeline documented. Then I found it on many other Peace Corps experience blogs, but most of the other are unreadable. It has been a long process. I pulled up my “Peace Corps” tag in gmail, and I have 67 emails regarding the application process starting January 24th, 2010. Also, I think my experience with the process was very smooth. I was nominated directly after my interview, I didn’t have any medical or legal issues, and the Mexico interview and invitation process went very quickly.

For the official description of the Peace Corps application process, click here.

My application timeline:

Jan. 24, 2010 Started online application
Feb 4, 2010 Emailed myself essay drafts, close to final versions
Feb 6, 2010 Starting asking for recommendations
Mar 23, 2010 Submitted online application
Mar 29, 2010 First email from recruiter  – legal packet mailed to me
Mar 30, 2010 Starting trying to get fingerprinted for the security clearance
Apr 8, 2010 Requested university transcripts
Apr 9, 2010 Mailed back legal kit
Apr 12, 2010 Legal kit received by recruiter
Apr 16, 2010 Final transcript received
Apr 20, 2010 Peace Corps interview
Apr 22, 2010 Sent in Romantic Involvement Questionnaire
Apr 23, 2010 Received initial nomination for Secondary Education – Science in Sub-Saharan Africa, tentative departure date of early Feb 2011
Apr 26, 2010 Accepted nomination
Apr 29, 2010 First contact with Office of Medical Services to begin medical clearance
June 14, 2010 Gentle reminder from Office of Medical services
June 21, 2010 Sent medical and dental documents
July 20, 2010 Starting working on getting lab results translated from German to English
Aug 9, 2010 Sent translated lab results after getting doctor to sign off on them
Aug 30, 2010 Filed paperwork for email waiver with Medical Services so I could do everything via email while travelling
Sep 7, 2010 Received medical clearance
Sep 10, 2010 First contact with Assessment and Placement Office
Oct 6, 2010 Additional information request from Placement Office – updated resume, education skills addendum, romantic involvement questionnaire (#2)
Nov 4, 2010 Invitation received for interview for Peace Corps Mexico Program
Nov 9, 2010 Peace Corps Mexico telephone interview
Dec 2, 2010 Follow-up from Placement Specialst responsible for Mexico program – sending Invitation!
Dec 6, 2010 Notification from Education desk that program full for my original February 2011 nomination
Dec 13, 2010 Accepted invitation to serve as an Engineering Specialist Peace Corps Volunteer in Mexico
Dec 14, 2010 Visit to US Consulate to apply for no-fee passport
Jan 19, 2010 Sent aspiration statement and resume to Peace Corps Mexico
Feb 4, 2010 Received Country Desk Letter and Letter to Families
Feb 9, 2010 Email from Language Coordinator in Peace Corps Mexico – no need for phone interview since I’ve never studied Spanish!
Feb 9, 2010 Request for information: dietary and other allergies/restrictions
Feb 16, 2010 Staging email received! Called to arrange for flight to DC
Feb 17, 2010 Flight confirmed for March 14

Staging is March 14-15 in Washington, DC and headed to Mexico on March 16th.