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Trying to stay on top of the Wiki Timeline: I make sure its up to date with all the recent invites and doesn't include any from past years or speculation. I have fun with it.
I applied for the Peace Corps on February 28th. In March I was nominated for Community Development in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa leaving in July 2008. I was more than elated. An hour later my recruiter called me back and said that the nominations for the program were actually full already (later I learned there was a computer glitch during that week). I was then nominated for Youth Development in Latin America leaving in August 2008.
Throughout time I learned that the Latin American countries leaving in that time were Belize, Guatemala, and Panama. All along I was convinced it was Belize, and it turned out I was right. However, I wasn't invited because my program filled up right when I got medical clearance. My PO found another program in Eastern Europe for TEFL leaving in September 2008. I learned it was either Ukraine or Macedonia. However, my medical restriction wasn't accepted there--I suspect it was Ukraine since my friend is in PC Macedonia and knows that country accepts epilepsy since one of her fellows PCVs has it. My PO found another program, and said it was Youth Development in Central America leaving mid-late September 2008. I immediately suspected El Salvador.
About a week and a half later I received my invitation. Youth Development in El Salvador leaving on September 14th, staging in DC. To my shock, as well as my family and friend's shock, and all my PC acquaintances, I declined the invitation. On the surface the assignment seemed absolutely wonderful--perfect. But I won't lie that something felt wrong or out of place. So I declined. I didn't want to accept such a serious commitment when I was so unsure. I still can't put my finger on what felt wrong, but something did, and I've learned to trust my gut instinct.
I asked to "withdraw" my application for the time being, and that I wanted to reapply later, and I was asked to write a personal statement about my reasoning to not accept. Supposedly I have a year to "reactivate" my application, if I wait longer than that, then I will have to reapply, start from scratch. I almost feel like I'm "not allowed" to reactivate it so close to when I withdrew, but I'll tell you what, I desperately want to reactivate it and have them look at me for Eastern Europe, Africa, or Asia. Desperately. But I feel like I have to wait, show them I've done something else, and thought about it, and then reapply. I should toss this out into the "peacecorps2" group and see what people think.
I may go to China for a year to teach English, and then reapply. I desperately want to. It was something I can't pinpoint--maybe the region, maybe a gut instinct that something bad would happen....I'm not sure.....its not to say I don't want to do it. I so. And I've felt awful ever since my declination and like I *need* to reapply.