On the 50th anniversary of his passing, we honor the legacy of President John F. Kennedy. We trace our roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. His inspiration led to the establishment of this agency in 1961 with a mission to promote world peace and friendship.
Today, we are more vital than ever, working in collaboration with public and private partners in emerging and essential areas such as education, information technology, agriculture and environment, and business development in countries around the world. The Peace Corps is committed to giving all Americans who want to serve the opportunity to make a difference and bring their experience back home to enrich their communities here in the United States.
Since 1961, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds have responded to Kennedy’s enduring challenge, demonstrating how the power of an idea can capture the imagination of an entire nation.
This post is intended for Peace Corps Trainees (PCTs) headed to Morocco this September. I originally posted this at my old blog site. Here it is again!
cdcottam said: Did you find out where and when you will be going? I am leaving July 2013 for South Africa and we have a Facebook group :)
Not yet! I should find out in 2-3 weeks, I just finished my updated application! But I will let you know!
crypticxlust said: I plan to apply for the Peace Corps for after I graduate college and youth development. My question is, what kind of volunteer work did you do before you applied? Also what was your major in college?
I am a Psychology major and Social Work minor. Before I applied I had volunteered at the Youth Juvenile Delinquency program in my town and at the elementary schools my sisters and mother teach at, but I honestly believe anything you do would be beneficial as long as you are doing something
I talked to my recruiter and she said people are always looking for timelines as to what to expect, so I figured I’d post mine.
August 29, 2012
Application was sent in via the online application portal.
September 6, 2012
Pre-Medical Clearance forms filled out online. Remember you must await to receive your medical identification information so you can sign on and fill out the information in the Medical Application Portal.
September 23, 2012
Contacted by Recruitment Assessment Specialist. She contacted my references who were then asked to respond to the questions she sent out.
October 1, 2012
Was contacted by the Recruitment Assessment Specialist and told I would be connected with a recruiter
October 2, 2012
Was contacted by recruiter and asked to schedule a interview. I am from New Hampshire and the closest recruiting area was in Brattleboro Vermont. I requested a Skype interview but was asked if it was at all possible for me to actually make the drive to Vermont, which was not a problem.
October 4, 2012
Drove to Brattleboro where my interview took place at the School for International Training. The interview went very smoothly
October 4, 2012
While I was driving home from my interview I received an email stating that I was nominated for service in Youth Development with a tentative departure date of July 2013.
October 15, 2012
Received email stating I had gotten my medical pre-clearance, this did not mean that I was already medically cleared as I will have todo more after I receive placement information.
October 18, 2012
Received in the mail my finger print cards and my final legal clearance
October 22, 2012
Sent finger print cards into the mail.
November 5, 2012
Received legal clearance
March 11, 2013
Contacted by the placement office and asked for an updated application and requested I fill out multiple other forms via online
March 18, 2013
Received an email stating they would be in touch in 2 to 4 weeks with further programmatic information