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Peace Corps update: patience, patience, patience

At the beginning of December, volunteer spots opened up for Peace Corps nominees. That means some applicants who passed the interview process (like me) received a nomination for fall 2012 from their recruiter for a potential geographic region of the world and volunteer project. Unfortunately, I did not receive one of those nominations; there were plenty of applicants waiting in line before me.

My recruiter told me that I have to wait until the last week in February to see if some spots for fall 2012 open up (based on if applicants accept their nomination or not). Then, if I don’t receive a nomination, I’ll have to wait until March 1st for winter 2013 spots to open. My recruiter said that because I’ve reached my six month mark with City Year, which is the required amount of hours for a youth development nomination, I’ll be a very competitive applicant. Her second choice for my volunteer placement would be a teaching English as a foreign language. Fingers are crossed! If all else fails, I’ll be pushed to spring 2013 and so on. The Peace Corps doesn’t have as many available spots due to its budget.

Obviously, my first priority would be to leave for the Peace Corps as soon as possible (next fall or winter). However, if I’m pushed back to spring 2013, it makes the most sense to me to do another City Year as a senior corps member. A year of City Year service ends at the beginning of June; if I left for the Peace Corps in spring 2013 that’s only about two-three months before the end of a second CY year. If I waited that long to leave in the spring I’d probably end up working at a restaurant back home to save money, which wouldn’t be meaningful. So, then why not just spend three extra months in the US, complete another year of domestic service, then head abroad in summer 2013? According to my recruiter, summer always has the most volunteer openings so that wouldn’t be a problem.

I’m looking into an office position for a second year at City Year. The position is external relations so I’d be doing a lot with the City Year blog, social media, etc. Through this year of service, I’ve slowly realized that my passion is not only being around different people and cultures, but being able to write about it. In all honestly, though, writing for me is not the same as reporting and I really do miss journalism.

For now, the game plan is to see if I can get a fall or winter nomination and also apply for a second year at CYLA. Senior corps decisions aren’t out until late-March anyways, so if I get one of the two positions or both they won’t collide and I’ll be able to make the decision that’s right for me.

I WILL be patient!

By the way, the first published post had far too many grammatical mistakes. No matter how many times I read an article or blog post, there are always some mistakes I don’t catch. This is why I need an editor/professor. Take me back to journalism school, please? I’d rather have a professional rip apart my article than publish it without being interrogated. Sigh. The real world is rough… I guess now I’ve warmed up to blogging again after a hiatus.

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  1. All will be well, all will be well!


    January 8, 2012
  2. I studied journalism in college too, so I totally get how you feel about missing reporting. However, my experience as a recruitment PL/social media manager when I was a senior corps member in San Jose really changed my career path and now I’m studying organizational communication, which I’ve grown to really love.

    I’m glad to hear you might be sticking around another year! I think you’d make a great external relations PL.

    January 9, 2012
  3. Thanks Megan! It’s good to see another former journalism major in the non-profit communications sector. It’s most likely what I’ll end up doing as well. Your story is encouraging because if you love it, I’m sure I will enjoy it too. I just miss the rush and thrill of reporting. Thanks for keeping up with my blog!

    January 9, 2012
  4. Peace Corps Books BY LAWRENCE F. LIHOSIT
    (AKA Lorenzo, Honduras, 1975-1977)
    Available on

    Peace Corps Experience: Write & Publish Your Memoir

    The ultimate “How-To” book for former volunteers & staff who have hesitated to tell their story. The author describes what a memoir is and offers tips on how to write, publish & promote.

    “Tell your Peace Corps story, but first study this book.”
    Robert Klein, PC Oral History Project, Kennedy Library

    Years On and Other Travel Essays

    The author describes how he hitchhiked along bleak Arizona highways, hacked a path through wooded Honduran mountains, avoided caiman while riding bulls in Bolivia and grizzlies as he hunted caribou in bush Alaska, ran for his life after getting involved in Mexican politics and more.

    2011 Peace Corps Writers’ Travel Book Award Recipient

    “The best and rarest of ex-pats: the Yankee gone native.”
    Tony D’Souza, author of Whiteman.

    Peace Corps Chronology; 1961-2010

    Includes all notable activities related to the Peace Corps in an easy-to-read style, in chronological order and lists all volunteers who died during and immediately following service.

    2010 Peace Corps Writers’ Special Publisher Award Nominee

    “This is a very impressive book.”
    John Coyne, Editor of Peace Corps Worldwide.

    South of the Frontera; A Peace Corps Memoir

    Following a job loss, a worn picture postcard ignites adventures leading to the Peace Corps Honduras. This is a vivid and humorous description of Mexico and Central America between 1975 and 1977.

    2011 Recipient of Commendation from U.S. Congressman John Garmamendi (CA, Dem)

    “A classic.”
    Craig Carrozzi, author of The Road to El Dorado.

    Whispering Campaign; Stories from Mesoamerica

    A collection of short stories with telling details- a taxi driver unscrews his license plate bulb before driving, a young American bewitched by a female shaman waving a necklace of dried herbs, the son of a salesman who dispels the curse of guilt, freeing the ghost of remorse and much more.

    2009 Peace Corps Writers’ Maria Thomas Fiction Award Nominee

    “As in Chinatown or Ballad of a Thin Man, they go directly to the gut. The mix is a rich one.”
    Allen W. Fletcher, author of Heat, Sand & Friends.

    February 10, 2013

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