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.