Anyone who read my blog on Tuesday got a strange combination of very specific and very vague information.Â As I mentioned, I was doing that on purpose, so thank you for bearing with me, I will now reveal what I was trying not to.Â I was only being vague because nothing was set in stone, and I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much by writing it out on the blog.
So this is what happened.Â During the emails exchanged with my Placement Specialist on Tuesday morning, she told me that it might be a few more weeks before she had a chance to look at my application and do the final review.Â I asked her then if she thought I might be placed in April through June or July through August, letting her know that I had some clients that were asking, and I’m no longer on my parent’s health insurance.Â After a few minutes, she sent me an email saying that she doesn’t normally do this, but she was going to try and speed up my final assessment, and asked me what my availability is for Thursday and Friday.Â I’m not joking, I started shaking right there, I was not expecting that at all!Â And it was super cool that she sped up the final review, too.Â My application had been sitting on her desk for almost 4 months, so I think I’ve been pretty patient.Â After letting her know what my availability was, radio silence until 7:39 am this morning when the much anticipated “(202)” number showed up on my phone.Â Actually, I thought at first it might be someone else, because I was expecting her to send me an email with a specific time.Â Peace Corps apparently doesn’t operate like the rest of DC with set schedules and the like.
The call lasted for about 40 minutes, and she asked me a lot of the same things I was asked in the original interview, as many other PCJ’s have reported.Â We also talked about the 20/20 Special, which I hadn’t watched because I spend a lot of time researching media bias and sensationalism.Â She actually seemed to appreciate this, and told me that one of the things that PC is being accused of, mainly not talking about the security situation and the agency’s openness, is blatantly false.Â Apparently the PC director sat down with ABC and talked to them for 2 and a half hours about the situation, and only 2.5 minutes made it into the show.Â You can go into quite a bit of depth in 2.5 hours, and frankly, I’ve never really trusted ABC News as far as I can throw them.Â Anyways, she gave me a lot great info, then the words I’d been hoping to hear:
“Well, I’d like to send you an invitation!”Â She didn’t know it, but I totally did a happy dance with her on the phone!Â I am over the moon excited right now!!Â She told me I’m being invited to serve in Sub-Sahara Africa doing NGO Advising leaving May 23rd!!Â So, besides the departure date, my nomination has held.Â I’m stoked, really flipping stoked!!
My original nomination was for April, which could only mean Botswana.Â Now, with a little Internet sleuthing, I think I’m heading to Ethiopia.Â Dude.Â Dude.Â Seriously.Â Birthplace of coffee.Â <- It’s like the most amazing thing I could ever think of _ever_!!!Â My Handpresso will be right at home in Ethiopia!!Â Now I need to find out more about the country besides that, lol!
I should get the invitation in the next 5-7 business days!Â I feel so happy and relieved right now!Â I think the best part is… not stalking my inbox anymore.Â Seriously that was getting really tiring, lol!Â Now I just have to wait for the invitation to come!Â This doesn’t really bother me, as I know things are moving, and I know when I’m leaving.Â I can get a lot of stuff done without it.Â Sigh… Yay!
Now off to some Ethiopian food with Craig to celebrate!