Peace Corps Timeline

What does is take to join the Peace Corps. Here is Cassandra Ernst's timeline to Peace Corps Morocco from conception to staging.

Peace Corps Timeline

For whatever reason, people are really into Peace Corps timelines. In case you were wondering, here’s mine – with some slight detours and a bit of creative license. I invite you to enter into the unabashedly neurotic mind of Cassandra Ernst as I take you on my journey to Peace Corps Morocco.

Thus far . . .

April 2011: Graduate from Asbury University.

Summer 2011: Consider applying for the Peace Corps. Realize it’s a two-year commitment and consider applying for AmeriCorps instead.

April 2012: Move to Denver for an AmeriCorps VISTA Position.

August 2013: Consider Peace Corps again. Try on the words Graduate School instead.

February 2014: Decide that as much as I love learning, I only have a vague idea of what I want to study and a mound of student debt I’m already dealing with. Choose to postpone Graduate School.

April 2014: Start to seriously research Peace Corps and future options. Practice saying Peace Corps out loud and dropping not-so-subtle hints to friends, family, and co-workers.

August 2014: Decide to take the plunge.

August 2014: Decide to wait to take the plunge until a Middle Eastern country opens up.

23 October 2014: See that the Morocco position is open. Immediately start working on the application that allegedly takes under an hour.

28 October 2014: After about a half-dozen revisions of my resume and aspiration statement—and a struggle with being under the stated word count, but over the apparent character count—I officially submit my application.

13 November 2014: Receive under consideration email. Submit a cover letter to Morocco Placement Office. Patiently wait.

15 December 2014: Email Recruitment to add ESL in-home tutoring onto my application.

12 January 2015: Start to feel a little anxious.

27 January 2015: Have a minor freak-out over the fact that there’s nothing I can do to showcase my worthiness for an interview.

28 January 2015: Decide to let go, find patience, and turn off my personal email for the day.

Night of 28 January 2015: Check my email—on the toilet, of course—and see that I had been sent an invitation to interview at 11:30 that morning.

30 January 2015: INTERVIEW(!!!!!!) - Felt extremely calm and confident.

8 February 2015: Receive OFFICIAL Peace Corps Invitation to serve in Morocco(!!!!!!)

8 -12 February 2015: Accept and receive a plethora of information. Kill a few trees to create the BAMF PC Binder. Begin paperwork and making appointments.

17 March 2015: Receive the disappointing news that the Peace Corps Morocco Training Class has been cancelled in order to allow for more room to implement programming training.

8 April 2015: Receive very supportive email from my PC Placement Officer, which reassured me of my expedited application process and encouraged me to apply again.

At this point, I know I need to start examining whether geography, position, or time is most important to me. I consider reviewing open Peace Corps opportunities as I look for a placement that both fits my personal and professional goals that I would also be competitive for and an asset for the community. Ultimately, I decide that my current job position gives me as much time as I need to continue to grow and that serving in the MENA region is very important to me. I choose to wait another year for when the program re-opens.

18 August 2015: Re-apply for Peace Corps Morocco Position . . . and start the shenanigans all over again!

2 October 2015: Re-accepted into Peace Corps Morocco as a Secondary Ed. Teacher(!!!!!!) . . . Time to dust off my BAMF PC Binder.