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.