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.

March 13, 2012

Legal Stuff - Car Loan

Sarah's application got updated; she has received a clearance on all of the legal stuff. I received the following letter from DC about my car loan. They're just making sure that I don't have any financial obligations before I leave. Luckily, this won't have any effect on the application process (at least, not until after we get an invitation). PS: Anyone wanna buy a 2008 Nissan Sentra in September that only has 50k miles and is in fantastic condition?

"I evaluate our applicants’ legal and financial issues here at the Peace Corps.  Your file has recently arrived at the Peace Corps Placement Office in Washington, DC.   I noticed that you listed your car loan as a financial obligation on your application.  Before I can grant you final legal clearance, I will need documentation that either this obligation has been paid in full (e.g. account balance statements) or that you have left behind sufficient funds to meet this financial obligation in your absence, as well as a mechanism by which monthly payments can be made (again, monthly account statements showing income and automatic deductions).  If you have someone else assume this debt, we will need the original copy of a notarized letter from them stating this intent mailed to me at the address below.  We have time before this financial issue can hold up your application, and we can move through much of the application process without final legal clearance.  Please respond to all requests for information and documentation, particularly from the Office of Medical Services, even though this financial issue is not yet resolved. Please be aware that you do not want to take any concrete steps regarding your property until you have been offered an invitation to serve in Peace Corps.  The invitation is the official job offer from Peace Corps.  A Peace Corps assignment is not guaranteed until an invitation has been offered and accepted.   Again, the program to which you were nominated does not depart for several months, so there is time before this can potentially cause problems. We will need proof that this obligation has been satisfied prior to your departure, so the application process will not be affected by this hold. Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you."

That was all... so I guess I'll cross that bridge when it comes. Sarah has a check mark next to the legal section on her account, so she is good to go. Next step is to supplement our application with the experience we've been gaining at the aquarium. Still waiting to hear back about our medical and dental information that we mailed in last month.


March 8, 2012

Peace Corps Acronyms and Abbreviations

Peace Corps absolutely loves using acronyms and abbreviations. There are so many different ones it can get very confusing talking to fellow volunteers, PC staff, and RPCVs. Here's a list of some Peace Corps abbreviations that you may find helpful. Figured it might be worthwhile to post up here in case somewhere along the way we use an abbreviation that someone doesn't understand.

AA – Assignment Area
APCD - Associate Peace Corps Director
CBC – Competency Based Curriculum
CBT – Community Based Training
CD - Country Director
COS – Close of Service
DOS - Description of Service
EAP – Emergency Action Plan
ET – Early Termination
HC - Host Country
HCN – Host Country National
HOR – Home of Record
IAP - Inter-America and the Pacific Region
IC – In Country
IST – In-Service Training
LCF – Language and Cultural Facilitator
MI - Master's International
NVAC - National Volunteer Advisory Council
OMS - Office of Medical Services
PM – Program Manager
PC – Peace Corps
PCMO – Peace Corps Medical Officer
PCT - Peace Corps Trainee
PCV – Peace Corps Volunteer
PST – Pre-Service Training
RPCV - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
SEOD – Sustainable Economic and Organizational Development
SLF – Site Locator form
SPA - Small Project Assistance
VAC - Volunteer Advisory Council
VAD – Volunteer Assignment Description
VRT - Volunteer Reporting Tool

I found most of these on a post from a PCV in Kyrgystan named The Kyrgyzstan Kid. I also like his humorous paragraph he posted trying out his abbreviation skills:

After arriving IC, I met our APCD, PM, CD, and LCF and began my PST so that I can be a PCV conducting SEOD. Nearly everyday we have a CCA to help us along with our CBT and occasionally we receive a DOS and ponder what our AA and VAD may be.
That is all for now!

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