My Application Timeline

May 2015 – Submitted Peace Corps application via digital application portal.

June 2015 – Virtual Interview with Peace Corps Placement & Assessment Specialist.

June – August 2015 – Sleepless nights, lots of waiting, and command+R on my email.

August 2015 – Invitation for Costa Rica Community Economic Development Sector with departure date of February 22, 2016. Given 7 days to accept or decline invitation.

August – October 2015 – Some (mostly digital) tasks to be completed:

  • Complete and send in legal kit for background investigation
  • Complete no fee passport and visa applications (If applicable, no visa was needed for Costa Rica)
  • Upload updated resume and aspiration statement to Peace Corps portal
  • Complete pre-departure online trainings
  • A few (basic) pre-departure documents
  • Medical tasks (HIGHLY recommend doing these as soon as possible. I didn’t have a regular doctor so that definitely added to the process and paperwork). Overall, medical was not as bad or costly as I anticipated.

October 2015 – Final Medical and Dental Clearance
**Visit International College of Dentists-USA Section to find a dentist in your area that will do an examination and dental x-rays free of charge.

January 22, 2016 – Receive Peace Corps Costa Rica Staging Information email with itinerary for staging. This email includes a phone number to call and set up a flight to staging.

February 22 – Peace Corps Costa Rica Staging in Houston, Texas

February 23 – Depart Houston, Texas and arrive in San José, Costa Rica

Total time from application submission to arriving in Costa Rica: 9 months