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Health Status Review

06/16/2012

We also submitted our health status review.

Application Submitted

06/16/2012

After weeks and weeks, Jamie and I submitted our PeaceCorps applications.

First Recruiter Email

07/13/2012

An email from our Twin Cities recruiter, Janice, has left us with news of a packet coming via USPS and many more addendums to fill out and return within the week.

Addendums Submitted

07/18/2012

I submitted my agricultural extension, community services, and education addendums as well as my reference verification form to our recruiter, two days before they were due!

PC Packet Received

07/30/2012

We received our PC Packet which included a letter, two fingerprint cards, and a National Agency Check Questionnaire foe Peace Corps Volunteer Background Investigation. These items will be returned at the interview.

Notification of PC Changes

08/03/2012

We learned that after August 15th, we will receive an email from the Peace Corps Medical Applicant Portal (MAP) inviting us to complete the Health History Form.

New MAP System Launches

08/18/2012

The new Medical Applicant Portal is launched and we are invited to respond to all questions completely and accurately.

Complete Health History Form (HFF)

08/19/2012

I register for the new MAP system and answer all questions completely and accurately. No red flags!

Interview Scheduled

10/12/2012

We scheduled our interview for November 2nd, 2012. I am Super Excited.

Interview Confirmed

10/18/2012

Our interview has been confirmed. It is to be held at the Washington County Library- Oakdale Branch and will take "up to 3 hours".

Interview

11/02/2012

Jamie and I were interviewed in Oakdale, Minnesota by our recruiter, Janice. The interview was nearly three hours and fifteen minutes long.

Attended Fargo-Moorhead RPCV Potluck

01/05/2013

Meet with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and one other applicant. We shared stories and ate great cultural dishes.

Official Nomination

01/18/2013

We were nominated for a program leaving in September 2013.

Attended PC Talk with Marc & Billi Jo Zielinski, Turkmenistan 2000-2001.

02/04/2013

Attended PC Talk with Adam Altenburg, Albania 2005-2007.

02/25/2013

Attended PC Birthday Celebration.

03/01/2013

We celebrated the PC’s 52nd Birthday with supper at Café Aladdin with local RPCV’s and their families.

Pre Medical Clearance

07/10/2013

Jamie and I have been pre-medically cleared and our application has been sent to placement.

Official Delay

07/23/2013

After calling PC HQ about our status I found out the medical office didn't forward my wife's medical pre-clearance and we have been officially delayed.

First Contact from Placement

08/08/2013

We received our first email from placement giving us a new departure date of April-June 2014.

Pre Legal Clearance

08/13/2013

Jamie and I have been legally pre cleared and have been given a week to submit our Education Placement Questionnaire.

Education Placement Questionnaire Submitted

08/13/2013

Submitted the answers to Education Placement Questionnaire. Mine ended up being seven pages.

Updated Resume

08/15/2013

Updated resumes were requested of us. Since we knew this was coming, they were submitted the same day.

Notification of Invitation

08/15/2013

Placement notified us that they would be issued us an invitation tomorrow (Friday, August, 16th). Departing in June and teaching English.

Notification of Invitation Investigation

08/16/2013

Placement notified us that they would not be issuing us an invitation tomorrow (Friday, August, 16th). “I will not be able to issue your invitation tomorrow, and the timing of the assignment may change (but not any later than June).” They also informed us to check in at the end of next week.

Placement Check In

08/22/2013

I checked in with placement and they have request to utilize our skills according to what they originally stated- elementary education + secondary education. No official news, check in next week.

Second Placement Check In

08/29/2013

Checked in with Placement again, no news yet. They were going to check in with the powers that be.

Third Placement Check In

09/05/2013

Checked in with placement and received no response...I have a good feeling about this!

Peace Corps Invitation

09/06/2013

VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION
Peace Corps Mongolia
Country: Mongolia
Program: English Education and Community Development
Job Title: Primary Education English Teacher
Dates of Service: August 18, 2014 – August 17, 2016*
Orientation Dates: May 29 – 30, 2014*
Pre-Service Training (in Mongolia): May 31 – August 17, 2014*
*Dates subject to change

Initial MAP Tasks

9/10/2013

The Medical Portal has been updated to include 4 immunization tasks, full dental exam task, and dental x-rays task.

PC Resume & Aspiration Statement Submitted

09/15/2013

Passport & Visa Application Submitted

09/20/2013

Peace Corps ACT Potluck

09/22/2013

In celebration of the Peace Corps ACT, we got together with other F-M Future PCV's and RPCV's!

PC Dental Exam

10/3/13

Completed my PC dental exam and obtained x-rays and completed paperwork for the two tasks.

Eye Exam

11/2/13

PC wants all its' glasses wearing volunteers to bring an extra pair, so I got an exam and ordered two new pairs of glasses.

Final Medical Tasks

11/30/13

All tasks for final medical clearance are available on MAP.

Physical, Blood Work, and Vaccinations

1/3/14

Took care of my PC physical, blood work, urinalysis, and received my Polio and Tdap vaccinations for PC. Total cost of $1484.50, luckily my insurance covered it all!

Medical Applicant Portal (MAP) Tasks Complete

01/13/2014

All of my tasks have been completed, signed, uploaded, and submitted to PC.

Medically Cleared!

01/31/2014

I have received my final medical and dental clearance for Peace Corps service!

Host Family Questionnaire Submitted

03/29/2014

Last Day at MSUM

05/16/2014

Staging

05/29/2014