Our Story

Our Story: After meeting in graduate school at UGA, we were married in 2011 in Marietta, Georgia. A year later, we joined the Peace Corps as environmental conservation volunteers and embarked on our adventure in Paraguay!

Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are ours personally and do not reflect any position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.

February 29, 2012

Welcome Letter from Placement

Today Ben and I received our welcome emails from the Placement office!
"Welcome! Congratulations on your nomination to a Peace Corps Master’s International assignment! Your recruiter has nominated you to be considered for programs departing in October, November or December 2012. The nomination from your recruiter is a recommendation that your application be given further consideration.

Your file has been received in the Placement Office at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC. This is the place where several important screenings and assessments take place and assignment matches for qualified prospective volunteers are finalized.

As you discussed with your recruiter during the interview, the medical screening has begun. Please note that it takes OMS 8-12 weeks to review an applicant’s paperwork and determine whether that applicant is medically qualified for service."

Next Step: Wait for medical qualification... wait... wait...wait

February 7, 2012

Ben takes the lead

UPS delivered Ben's medical packet safely into the hands of the Peace Corps medical review office. The review process generally takes between  1-6 months depending on the complexity of your health history, the number of applications under review, and the completeness of your submitted information. Although this process may take several months, 85% of applicants who complete the medical evaluation are deemed medically qualified to serve. Once you are qualified, your name is automatically passed to the Placement Office.

Next Steps: Sarah submits medical review packet, and Ben waits.

Paraguay Photos