Last Friday, Paul and I met our PC Recruiter, Lisa, at the NYC office for a marathon interview session. Though it lasted nearly 5 hours, the time flew by as we discussed individually and then together our motivations for joining the Peace Corps. She asked us about why we want to join the PC, our expectations for service, what we would do if one of us had to be discharged, how we cope with stress, and challenges we have faced in the past, among other questions.
In order to be placed in some of the Spanish-speaking assignments, Paul will need to take a Spanish exam to determine his level of fluency. After that, we’re on to the next levels, which include The Nomination, then medical and legal clearances, and culminating in The Invitation.
While the PC does not give out a lot of information regarding timelines and when we could possibly depart, there is an incredible resource we have found useful: The Peace Corps Wiki. It lists lots of detailed information about Programs, Staging Dates, and News. If the marriage rule (we must be married for a full year before placement) continues to apply, the earliest we could ship out is July 2011.
The following Latin American countries (our preference) have a history of leaving in July, August or September:
- Eastern Caribbean
- El Salvador
xo, Mari & Paul
As I mentioned before, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a “Sadie Sadie Married Lady” but now I am!
In the course of the past two months Paul and I have gotten engaged; planned a wedding; completed our Peace Corps applications including fingerprinting, essays, recommendations, and health review; and we said “I do.” Now we are scheduling our interview with the local PC office – potentially for the end of this week. Phew!
If you’re curious about the wedding and what we’ve been doing the past two months, check out our wedding blog here: paultakesmari.wordpress.com.
Now, we are excited to embark on the next steps of this journey as Partners for Peace.
xo, Mari & Paul