Ev’s Timeline

The following chronicles the dates and events that passed in my journey to join the Peace Corps, and some significant events that happened during my Peace Corps service in Armenia. My Peace Corps timeline is as follows:

January 21, 2010: Decided to join the Peace Corps, while in Las Vegas at Steve Pavlina’s Conscious Growth Workshop.

February 2010
2/8/2010 8:49:00 AM EST:
Submitted completed online application and health status review application. Asked three people to write references for me.

2/23/2010: Got an email from my assigned PC recruiter, with forms to fill out. Also she mailed me a packet w/ fingerprint card, etc. I was traveling at the time, and my mom had to overnight the packet to my couch-surfing hosts in Montana.

March 2010
3/2/10:
Sent out completed forms, after going to a detention facility in Bozeman, MT, to get my fingerprints taken.

3/6/2010: The last of my last of three references turned in their reference.

3/16/2010: Attended information session in Boulder, CO. Received sample interview questions from recruiter there.

3/17/2010: Phone interview, because my recruiter was in Michigan and I was in Colorado. Was asked to submit a third essay, get another reference, and work on my Spanish skills. Was asked if I would be prepared to leave in the beginning of September. I said yes.

3/25/2010: My fourth reference was submitted and I turned in my new essay.

April 2010
4/6/2010:
Received nomination for: Central/South America and the Caribbean. Was not made aware of the projected program leave date.

4/28/2010: Received medical and dental forms at my job in Alaska. I was on my way there to work for the summer.

4/30/2010: Doctor’s physical exam in Alaska. Dentist appointment for x-rays and “dental probing.”

May 2010
Turned in completed doctor and dentist forms.

Summer 2010
Various additional trips to the doctor and dentist to get vaccinations, x-rays of my teeth, and blood re-drawn. Bought a second pair of glasses, per Peace Corps request. First new pair in about 10 years.

August 2010
8/7/2010:
All four wisdom teeth taken out, at the request of the Peace Corps. Misery.

September 2010
Finished the season in Alaska. No word from Peace Corps.

October 2010
Moved to San Diego. Got an apartment, paying month-to-month rent. Waited.

November 2010
Attended an info session in San Diego. Found out my program was scheduled to leave Feb. 2011. Was told that if I don’t hear from PC by January, to call them to see what was up.

December 2010
Running out of money to live in San Diego. Thinking about looking for a job.

12/29/2010: Finally! Another phone interview. Verbal invitation extended for Eastern Europe, leaving May 2011, work to be in Information and Communications Technology.

January 2011
1/3/2011: Received formal invitation in the mail for Armenia, leaving May 26, 2011. (This was later changed to June 1, 2011.)

1/6/2011: Formally accepted my invitation via email.

1/13/2011: Turned in passport and visa applications, aspiration letter, and updated resume.

Remainder of Winter
Hung out in San Diego. Played a lot of volleyball. Found some freelance work to get me by. Started researching Armenia. Read a lot of Peace Corps blogs. Created some flashcards to start studying the language. Gave up.

May 2011
Moved home to Michigan, to spend my last month with my family. The day I arrived, they were gone to Florida.

A flurry of packing, parties, saying good-bye. Sold my car, gave away a lot of things. Last-minute studying of the language with the help of my sister.

June 2011
6/1/2011
: Left for staging in Philadelphia, PA.

6/4/2011: Arrived in Yerevan, Armenia.

Summer 2011
Pre-service Training. Involved lots of language, culture, and safety & security sessions.

August 2011
8/16/2011: Swore in as a Peace Corps Volunteer, A-19.

8/17/2011: Moved to permanent site.

Winter 2011-12

Cold. Tried to stay warm. Failed.

May 2012
5/01/2012: Moved out of host family’s house into an apartment of my own. Joy!

August 2013
8/16/2013: Officially closed my service and completed my 27 months as a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia. Traveled to Spain for a week as a post-vacation gift to myself.

8/25/2013: Arrived back on American soil and started the re-integration process.

November 2013
11/4/2013: Got a new job, and started working at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California

3 thoughts on “Ev’s Timeline

  1. Pingback: Ev’s Timeline to Peace Corps Armenia | Ev's Travels

  2. Tim Cassens

    Hi Ev,
    Just read through some of your website! I am going through everything you have gone through except about 6 months after 🙂 I just received my letter of invitation to serve in Paraguay starting in May 2012! I’m super excited but at the same time not sure what my life will hold for the future. I hope things are going well for you in Armenia! You can check out my blog as I continue my process as well if you want.

    TIm:)

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    1. Ev Post author

      Hi, Tim! Good luck in Paraguay! Peace Corps is quite the experience. Judging from the amount of travel you have done already in your life, you should be pretty good at adapting to your new life as a Volunteer. I wish you all the best.

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