l'aventure africaine

our travel journal

Saturday, November 26, 2005

It is coming!

We get update e-mails from the peace corps everytime they move us ahead in the process... so we got them when we got our dental clearance, our medical clearance, etc. Here's the one from Wednesday morning...

"Peace Corps has updated your Application Status account. Log in to http://www.peacecorps.gov... to see the latest information."

The only next step left was invitation. This is what invitation means! Michael had talked to our placement officer earlier this week to anwer a question she had, and she gave us a hint info may be coming...but it was dependent upon the final approval of our skills, etc. by the country. So, unsure of what might happen, we have been quietly, tentatively excited like crazy! Back to Wednesday morning, I checked our account online and it has changed to an "Invitee toolkit" instead of a "Nominee toolkit" and here's what it says:

"Peace Corps sent you an invitation kit on November 22, 2005. Within 10 days of receiving your kit, please call us regarding your decision to accept or decline our invitation. If we do not hear from you within this period, the assignment may be offered to another applicant."

This packet will tell us WHERE we're going! and more about what we'll do, what to bring...so now we just wait for the packet... the suspense is killing me!

Monday, November 21, 2005

medical clearance!

hey, so, the big news is that we got our medical clearance for the peace corps. (woo hoo!) i spoke with one of the placement people in washington, d.c. and she said we are still on track for leaving in the first quarter of 2006....so far so good!

here are the two blogs i keep an eye on to get a sense of what our experience might be like:

Lindsay in Cameroon: http://eskimolinds.blogspot.com/

Clare in Senegal: http://clare.overt.org/archives/cat_peace_corps.html

both french-speaking african countries, so, possibilities for us!

next week is thanksgiving, then christmas will be here in no time, then in january we'll hear where we go, and then scramble around getting ready until we leave in march! time is getting so short! i'm really excited for the holidays though, lots of quality time with people i love.

only 3 1/2 to 4 months left...