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The application process is done, but the adventure is just beginning.
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<center>[http://www.peacecorpshandbook.com/ Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook] '''By Travis Hellstrom '''</center>
You've finished your application and interview and sent in all of your medical and legal forms. You're officially cleared and ready to go.
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<center>This book is available for free at [http://www.peacecorpshandbook.com/ PeaceCorpsHandbook.com]. We hope you enjoy it!</center>
 
At this stage, you'll receive a formal invitation packet in the mail. You'll have 10 days to review it and decide whether you want to accept your invitation to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Contact your placement officer within this 10-day window to let him or her know your decision.
 
 
The invitation packet will include your Volunteer job description, the date when you'll depart, passport and visa applications, a pre-training questionnaire, and a Volunteer Handbook to guide you in preparing for departure.
 
 
After you've accepted your invitation, Peace Corps will send you another packet. This one will have information specific to your destination—resources about the country where you'll be going, what to bring, and a description of the training you'll receive when you arrive. You'll also receive information about your pre-departure orientation in the U.S. Soon you and the other Volunteers in your training group will be on your way to your country of service.
 
 
The entire process, from Step 1 to Step 5, takes anywhere from six months to a year. [https://www.peacecorps.gov/apply/now/index.cfm?& Start now], and you could be overseas this time next year!
 
  
  
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[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.howvol.stepstoapply.inviteandprep Invitation and Preparation for Departure] Official US Peace Corps Website
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== Quick Introduction ==
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Peace Corps may be "the toughest job you'll ever love" but you don't have to learn that the hard way. The Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook is the handbook we wish someone would have given us: a collection of lessons learned from Volunteers all around the world created to act as a companion on your adventure of applying to and serving in the Peace Corps. We hope you find what we’ve shared helpful – if not, don't worry – everyone's Peace Corps service is unique and we just hope you have an incredible experience. If at any time you have questions unanswered by this guide please contact Peace Corps directly or if you think we can help, please contact us on [http://www.facebook.com/peacecorpshandbook Facebook] anytime.
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== Author ==
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Travis Hellstrom served three years in Mongolia as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2008 until 2010, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader from 2010 to 2011. He now works as a nonprofit leader and writes for a small army of everyday humanitarians at [http://www.advancehumanity.com/ AdvanceHumanity.com].

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Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook By Travis Hellstrom
This book is available for free at PeaceCorpsHandbook.com. We hope you enjoy it!


Quick Introduction

Peace Corps may be "the toughest job you'll ever love" but you don't have to learn that the hard way. The Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook is the handbook we wish someone would have given us: a collection of lessons learned from Volunteers all around the world created to act as a companion on your adventure of applying to and serving in the Peace Corps. We hope you find what we’ve shared helpful – if not, don't worry – everyone's Peace Corps service is unique and we just hope you have an incredible experience. If at any time you have questions unanswered by this guide please contact Peace Corps directly or if you think we can help, please contact us on Facebook anytime.


Author

Travis Hellstrom served three years in Mongolia as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2008 until 2010, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader from 2010 to 2011. He now works as a nonprofit leader and writes for a small army of everyday humanitarians at AdvanceHumanity.com.