I received a phone call on Friday from my placement officer and we had a half hour conversation about issues she thought might cause a problem during my Peace Corps service. Questions such as how I will cope with not having another American nearby to converse with in English, and along the same vein, having limited conversation with family and friends in America and how I would cope with that as well. We also discussed my reasons for joining the Peace Corps and how my past experiences could help and hurt me during my service. At the end of the phone call I felt like I had went through the recruiter interview all over again just with slightly reformed questions. I wasn't very confident in the answers I gave her but at the last few seconds she mentioned that she was passing me through the last phase of the application process, which is basically waiting on an official invitation to a specific country, which she said should be on its way in about 2-3 weeks! One of her questions asked about my willingness to serve in another region so that sort of lead me to not hold too much hope for Eastern Europe even though she assured me that my invitation should come from there but that if necessary I might be receiving an invitation to somewhere else.
For a while it has been sort of awkward when people ask me questions about joining the Peace Corps. Conversations seem to go sort of like this...
"So when do you leave for the Peace Corps?"
"When in June?"
"Where are you going again?"
"No idea. I was nominated for Eastern Europe"
"So you don't know what date your leaving or what country your going to?"
"Exactly, I don't even know if they will accept me yet. They are still looking at my application."
"Didn't you start your application back in June?"
"Exactly. Its a good thing I got started early."
At least now when people ask I can at the very least tell them with confidence that I AM going SOMEWHERE, SOMETIME in June.
P.S. I am going to start working on my Where? page to the blog (one of the tabs at the top of the page) under the assumption that in the end Moldova is where Ill be invited to, so if anyone is interested they should check that out as well.