Thursday, August 26, 2010


I recently learned that the Close of Invitation (COI) has passed at the post for which I was nominated. A Peace Corps staffer informed me that this means I probably won't leave until January at the earliest.

So why didn't I receive an invitation to serve at the post for which I was nominated? I don't know. It seems possible that I delayed too much in submitting my paperwork. I was nominated in February and didn't complete the medical application until nearly July. It seems possible that by this point they already knew who they wanted to invite.

Another possibility is that my Placement Officer didn't feel I was as good a fit for my intended position as my recruiter did, or maybe there was an even better fit for me at a post accepting invitations in early 2011. At any rate, I originally expected to depart in October, which means I have three or four months more than I expected before I leave.


  1. The exact same thing happened to me today. I was nominated for the Pacific Islands and found out the program had closed. I learned this actually from my Medical Assistant so I haven't even spoken with Placement about it yet. But, I did learn that I am being considered for the next quarter which begins in December, so like you, my waiting continues. It's tough. I also want to know why I wasn't selected and what that means for a future location. Good luck to you. We're in the same boat :( I hope it all works out!

  2. Thanks, it's reassuring to hear from you. I'm thinking I'm going to spend a few months WWOOFing between now and the new potential departure date.

  3. Greetings from New Columbia! I'm sorry to hear about the delay, but hang in there, Charlie! As a former employment specialist, I can tell you that ukulele players have a competitive edge in this tough market. With practice, you could bring the house down in three months time!