Our PC Timeline

As is traditional in Peace Corps Blogs, here is our timeline from application to acceptance to adventure. Our timeline may be a little different from others because Andrew is taking part in the Masters International program and we applied as a couple; two factors which can affect the order and time frame in which these steps occur.

Step 1: Submit Application

  • December 20th, 2012: Both of our applications are submitted.

Step 2: Interview & Nomination

  • February 2013: Scheduled our phone interview with our recruiter.
  • April 12, 2013: Had our phone interview, which took about 3 hours. It went really well and we received our nomination at the end of the call, but we weren’t told any specifics other than that we were nominated.

Step 3: Obtain Legal Clearance

  • April 24, 2013: Received our fingerprint packet in the mail.
  • April 30, 2013: Had our fingerprints taken.
  • May 1, 2013: Mailed back our fingerprints.
  • May 9, 2013: Received Legal Clearance.

Step 4: Invitation

  • June 17, 2013: Received our first email from the Placement Office asking us to update our information and resumes.
  • June 19, 2013: Submitted all requested information.
  • July 2, 2013: Received an email from our Placement Specialist wanting to schedule a phone interview so he could ask us a few more questions.
  • July 8, 2013: Had our phone interview, easy peasy, same old questions that couples are asked. Took about 30 minutes.
  • July 10, 2013: Invited to serve in Tanzania, leaving in February 2014!! Andrew in Agriculture & Food Security, Audrey in Health. Perfection!!
  • July 11, 2013: Accepted our invitation.

Step 5: Submit Initial Paperwork

  • July 21, 2013: Submitted Aspiration Statements and New Resumes
  • September 27, 2013: Sent Passport and Visa Material

Step 6: Obtain Medical & Dental Clearance

  • July 22, 2013: Andrew & Audrey Dentist Appointments (X-rays and a very pokey exam)
  • August 14, 2013: All Tasks added to Medical Portal (because it is now 6 months before we leave)… Time for our appointments to begin!
  • August 26, 2013: Audrey attempted to go her doctor’s appointment… but was rear-ended on the way. Car totaled. Nice.
  • September 4, 2013: Audrey makes it to her doctor’s appointment on second attempt, albeit in a borrowed car. Physical, pap, and blood work complete. Knocked out 3 tasks in one appointment!
  • October 1, 2013: Government shuts down. Sweet. Medical Portal is closed.
  • October 7, 2013: Andrew gets his shots. He needed Yellow Fever, Tdap, and Polio.
  • October 8, 2013: Andrew get his physical, lab work and TB test. Gets hit on the way back. Are you kidding me? Not totaled, but $1000 worth of damage. Apparently the guy who hit him is on a Discovery channel show called “Mudcats”.
  • October 16, 2013: Government reopens. Thanks, government.
  • October 23, 2013: Audrey gets shots (only needed Tdap thanks to a trip to Ghana in 2009).
  • October 24, 2013: Audrey gets TB blood test.
  • November 4, 2013: Audrey Eye Appointment.
  • November 22, 2013: Audrey Wisdom Teeth Removal.
  • December 2, 2013: Andrew Titer Test for Varicella. (Couldn’t find any record that he’d had the shot)
  • December 3, 2013: Audrey is Medically and Dentally Cleared for service!!!
  • December 9: 2013: Andrew’s titer test result came back and said he DOES NOT have immunity to Varicella. Dang! That was the last thing he needed. So he immediately went and got round 1 of the Varicella vaccine.
  • January 3, 2014: Andrew is Medically and Dentally Cleared for service!!!

Step 7: Live it up

  • January 3, 2014: Last day of work!!
  • January 10, 2014: Take our sweet Gypsy to her new home in Denver.
  • January 23, 2014: Cruise to the Caribbean!

Step 8: Staging & Departure

  • February 8, 2014:  Leave from OKC to Philadelphia for staging.
  • February 10, 2014: Leave for Tanzania!

Step 9: Pre-service Training & Swearing in

  • February 11, 2014:  Arrive in Tanzania!
  • February 12, 2014: Start Week 0 Training
  • February 17, 2014: Begin Homestay, Start Kiswahili Classes
  • April 24, 2014: Swear in as Peace Corps Volunteers!

Step 10: Be a Peace Corps Volunteer

  • August 5-15, 2014:  Early Service Training
  • April 13-17, 2015: Mid Service Training
  • January 18-22, 2016: Close of Service Conference
  • April 24, 2016: Close of Service

 

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Estimation of Medical Costs:

Andrew’s shots & titer test: ($300)
Audrey’s Shots: ($20)
Audrey’s TB Test: ($130)
Dental Exams: $0
Dental Cleanings: ($90)
Eye Exam: ($130)
Audrey’s Physical, Pap & Labs: ($38)
Andrew’s Physical & Labs & TB Test: ($140)
Audrey’s Wisdom Teeth: ($1,300)
Yellow Fever Cost Share $109
Physical Exam Cost Share (Audrey) $38
Physical Exam Cost Share (Andrew) $125
Eye Exam Cost Share $12
 Total Expense ($1,744)

*Our dental exams were free because we found someone who does free exams for Peace Corps volunteers through this website. Our cleanings were cheap because we used a Groupon. But then I had to get my wisdom teeth out, and that of course is what made our total so high (we didn’t have dental insurance). Without that our costs would have been < $500. Ya live, ya learn.

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