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
Estimation of Medical Costs:
|Andrew’s shots & titer test:||($300)|
|Audrey’s TB Test:||($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|
*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.