I’m very excited to finally be able to share this news today!!
Last month, my Peace Corps recruiter got in touch to tell me about a program for which he wanted to nominate me. The program was cancelled and nothing else fit at the time.
Fast forward to yesterday, I recognized the phone number of the regional office pop up on my cell phone. My recruiter was on vacation, but another recruiter had called to tell me the good news: I was officially being nominated!
When I logged in to my toolkit this morning, I saw this and knew I could finally shout it from the rooftops.
Seven months after my initial application, I’ve been nominated for Business Advising in Sub Saharan Africa (French speaking assignment) departing in October 2012.
My first reaction was, of course, pure joy. The opportunity to actually become a Peace Corps volunteer, something I’ve hoped, dreamed, wished for the past several years is one step closer to actually coming true.
My second, was shock and doubt – they still want to send me in October? But that’s in SIX months! Africa? I might actually be going to Africa??
The doubt was very short lived. I had five years in between when I first realized I wanted to join the Peace Corps and when I actually finished the application and hit the send button. Every fear and insecurity I might have during this long application process, I’ve had. Five years was enough time for me to know that this is the right decision for me and to find peace in that decision. I’ve felt lost, like I’m not sure what’s coming next, but this is where I want to be right now.
So, that’s my exciting news for the week! I couldn’t ask for a better end to the MSH Weekend of Creative Genius than to receive this amazing opportunity to do the work that initially drew me to the Peace Corps in the first place. Time to go do my happy dance!