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Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Wait Continues

Be patient. That’s what I keep telling myself as I wait to hear from the Peace Corps as to whether I have passed my medical screening and as I wait on the official invitation. I received this e-mail today from my recruiter, who was responding to my e-mail asking about the status of my application.

Hello! I don't think they have started inviting to your program yet. They are focusing on end of Feb/beginning of March at this point. As far as I see, your medical file is still under review. Just hang in there!

They have until the end of April to invite to your program so I'm guessing you'll hear something in March. But it can't hurt to ask. Feel free to check back often with me. As soon as I know anything, I'll let you know!


While there is nothing negative in the e-mail, having to wait until March or April to hear certainly would mess up my plans to take several months off before departing. The worst case scenario would be to not find out until the end of April. While I could leave my job by just giving two weeks notice, that would mean I would be leaving during the May rating period, which is the most important rating period of the year in television. I’m fairly certain my company would want me to stay on until the end. If I did that, I could have just a week off before leaving for the Peace Corps. If I didn’t stay for the May book, I would certainly be “burning bridges” by leaving the station then.

If I find out at the beginning of March, I would still have two months to travel and take care of my personal affairs before departing. While the Peace Corps would be a change of pace, there are many things I would like to do with a little time off from working.

Finally, this blog can now be found at This should make it easier to remember. I can also now send my blog entries via e-mail. If you are not getting this on e-mail and want to receive it, just send me an e-mail and I’ll add you to the list.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Happy New Year

It is now officially 2007 and as I write this I can't help but think about where I may celebrate the beginning of 2008. Hopefully it will be somewhere in the Peace Corps. I have to admit starting to feel a bit impatient about the process, but everything I have read says to expect a long application period. I have been targeting mid-January to early February to hear something based on what my recruiter told me. However, the Peace Corps officially says they will only give you six weeks notice before you depart, which means that if I receive an invitation to a program in June, as expected, I might not hear anything until Mid-April.

My family continues to support my desire to join the Peace Corps. For Christmas, my parents gave me a nice pair of Gore-Tex boots by Ecco to wear during my service. My sister Maria gave me a watch that doesn't require winding or a battery and is waterproof and my sister Becky gave me several books, including one called "So, You Want to Join the Peace Corps...What to know before you go" by Dillon Banerjee. I read that book cover to cover at one sitting. It has a lot of good information and some useful tips including suggestions on what to take. For example, he suggests taking a roll of US Stamps with you. That way, you can hand off letters and small packages to people heading back to the US that can be dropped in any mailbox. He also suggests external speakers for your music player so you don't have to wear headphones in your house. Both are very good suggestions. The book also includes good information about what it is like to be a volunteer and what you can expect.

I spent part of my Christmas vacation visiting friends in Orlando. It was somewhat of a reunion, because all six of us who went to Europe together in September 2005 were all there. It's the first time we've been together since we left Paris. Naturally the talk turned to where we should take our next trip. I pushed them to try for a trip in April without explaining to them why. I must not have been very convincing since we decided to take a trip in September again. I felt a bit guilty about not telling them what I was planning but two of them work in television and it is a very small business. I don't think either would intentionally say anything, but I've kept the number of people who know my plans very small. Once I get the official invitation, I will certainly tell more people.

I'm also sending an e-mail tonight to my recruiter just to make sure everything is okay with my application. Her office was closed today due to President Ford's funeral.