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by ♥♥ Allison (fuckandrun)
at January 19th, 2010 (10:00 am)

1 Name or Nick Name: Allison
2 Education University of Texas - Finance major
3 Where are you going to serve/are you serving/want to serve: I'm flexible..
4 When are you leaving/did you leave: thinking about joining
5 What are you going to be doing/are you doing/want to do:

I've been researching volunteer websites for several countries for over a year now, until someone mentioned the Peace Corps at work a few days ago. I checked out the website and I'm really excited about the idea of working, traveling, and helping in other countries. I'm not sure if I want to wait until I graduate (i have a year left of school) or applying now. I'm almost 31, and single so I don't want to wait. Any advice?

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Posted by: M (ringlass)
Posted at: January 19th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
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I applied the spring of my Junior year, and was nominated for a post after college ... I wouldn't advise waiting. Although there are exceptions, the general application timeline is 10-14 months, and can be as long as 2 years or more, depending on things like experience and medical clearance. If you decide to wait until AFTER you graduate, it might be more relaxing because you don't have to worry about PC deadlines at the same time as academic deadlines, but you also might get stuck in a period of limbo where you can't apply for long-term jobs or seek other long-term opportunities because you're waiting for your application to go through.

That said, it's best to do as much research as you can while really evaluating your goals and motives before you start. Once you get into the application, it's a LOT of work and time and frustration, so make sure you're 100% certain it's right for you and for this time period in your life. Good luck :)

Posted by: utkate (utkate)
Posted at: January 20th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)

First - wooo, UT and PC alum here :)

Second - Apply now. Like the above poster said you still won't leave until after you graduate and PC will want you to have the degree.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 20th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)

Yeah... I would definitely apply now! It will give your PC person time to find a good match for you too. I applied the Dec. before my May graduation and left for my service in July so the timing worked out really well. Good luck!

Jasmine Landry
Eastern Caribbean, 2007-2009
http://www.myrenditionofeve.blogspot.com

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