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by sharktales (sharktales)
at July 6th, 2010 (09:21 pm)

*** questions on application process and chances of getting in considering my major/skills.

Name or Nick Name: Steph
Education: Bachelors Degree in Biology, Captive Wildlife Minor (University of Wisconsin Stevens Point)
Where are you going to serve/are you serving/want to serve: Anywhere with a coastline
When are you leaving/did you leave: Interview in 6 days *nervous*
What are you going to be doing/are you doing/want to do: Environmental work or Environmental Education.

I applied early June and got my fingerprints etc done by July 1. I attended an online information session. I have an interview on the 12th. I'm curious as to how desired Biology majors are. I feel most qualified to teach environmental education because I've informally done that before. I also have been volunteering at my local zoo for over ten years. I've had experience living in a village in Fiji but have no secondary language speaking skills. I'm not a vegetarian, nor have a relationship/kids being left behind.

What's your opinion on my chances?

I'd also like to know about this medical form process that everyone seems to be grumbling about. What is the average length of time working through this? Shortest time?

answers, insight, and words of wisdom welcome!!

thank you!


Posted by: and i'm spent (lemon__lies)
Posted at: July 7th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)

My medical process took me almost 9 months, if memory serves. You get a huge stack of papers and it just takes some time to get all the appointments settled. Good luck!

Posted by: pc_chica (pc_chica)
Posted at: July 8th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)

I agree--your chances look pretty good. I wouldn't worry too much about what you feel "qualified" to teach because you'll get some training once you get to country. And, at least where I was in El Salvador, just having basic knowledge of things we do in the States anyway (recycle, hygeine, etc.) give you an automatic leg up.

I don't remember exactly how long my medical process took, but it did take awhile. Mostly because the doctor kept forgetting to sign in the correct places or order additional tests I needed. I originially had a February nomination, but left that September.

Hope that helps. Good luck with your interview!

Posted by: aroundtheroad (aroundtheroad)
Posted at: September 7th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
medical help!

why does the medical stuff take so long??? is it just the length of time between appointments? what kind of tests??? i cant decide whether to be nervous about this or not!

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