Peace Corps Timeline

Everyone’s timeline will vary depending on several factors. We were quite lucky to have been invited in such a short time period, especially as a couple. The deadline for our post was July 1 with the know by date September 1.

We were traveling as we applied, so I put our locations to give you a sense of how we went through the process while in 5 countries. Applying from abroad is not easy, but it is doable. Peace Corps were accommodating and understanding of our situation.

Low and behold, our timeline! It will be updated as we go.

Mount Barker, Australia

April 29, 2017: Submitted application for environmental education volunteers in Panama

May 16, 2017: Panama application withdrawn (couldn’t take Spanish test in Australia). Application under review for Zambia.

May 18, 2017: Under consideration, interview request

May 31, 2017: Lianne’s interview

June 2, 2017: Adam’s interview

June 5, 2017: Couple interview


June 16, 2017: Invited to serve!

June 17, 2017: Medical portal opened.

June 19, 2017: Fingerprints taken and sent.

Medical tasks done in USA and Australia: Dental, blood work, general physical, yellow fever vaccination


August 22, 2017: Passports verified at US Embassy in Bali, Indonesia


September 19, 2017: Lianne’s last medical task completed and submitted.


September 26, 2017: Lianne’s legal clearance granted

October 11, 2017: Lianne required another medical task. Completed and uploaded in portal. Medical clearance granted within three hours!

November 2017: Uploaded updated resume, completed safety and Core Expectations modules.

November 26, 2017: Aspiration Statement uploaded


January 24, 2018: Adam legally cleared!

February 12, 2018: Staging in Philadelphia.

February 13, 2018: Bus to JFK, flight to South Africa, transfer to Zambia.


February 14, 2018: Arrive to Zambia! Transfer to the Barn for orientation.

February 17, 2018: Move to Chongwe for training.

March 17, 2018: Site reveal! We learned we’re going to Mfinshe in Northern Province!

April 5-14, 2018: Cluster site visit, host workshop, and individual site visit in Northern Province

May 3, 2018: Swear-in ceremony.

May 4, 2018: Move to Kasama, Northern Province.

May 9, 2018: Posting to our site!

July 15 – 27, 2018: In-service Training.

July 8 – 12, 2019: Mid-service Training

February 3-8, 2020: Close of Service Conference

March 6, 2020: Official approval for third year extension. COS date changed to June 2021.

March 16, 2020: Evacuation notice.

March 20, 2020: Ring out.

March 21, 2020: Depart Zambia