Change Yourself…Change The World.

Brittany Boroian. Peace Corps Volunteer 2011-2013.
January 17, 2011, 1:41 am
Filed under: Paraguay

My dear friends,

I have talked very little on this blog about my experience as an applicant to the Peace Corps, or my intense and overwhelming desire for years to serve. Today, I stand before you, triumphant with invitation in hand, and all that is ringing through my head is ‘Finally! FINALLY! I AM INVITED TO BE A PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER!’

Joining the Peace Corps has been a dream since I can’t even remember. I’m pretty sure when I was in 7th grade and watched the finale of my favorite TV show at the time, ‘Boy Meets World,’ and heard that one of the main characters was joining the Peace Corps, it just stuck in my mind and I never let it go. It seemed to be something at the back of my mind for a long time in my life- something I intuitively knew would happen, that I would do.

Fast forward to age 19, sitting at one of those cheap and dingy restaurants in Calcutta, India while my Carpe Diem leader, Aleta, relayed back to all of us her experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania. This was after a week of one of the most eye-opening volunteer experiences of my life, working at a center for the dying at the Mother Theresa Center. After listening to Aleta’s experiences, I firmly resolved to myself that after I graduated university, I was going to be a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Aleta had told us that she applied to the Peace Corps a year before she graduated college, and so I impatiently waited until I was close enough to apply, dreaming about the far off future when I would be a Peace Corps Volunteer and in the meantime forcing my schoolmates to mock interview me for my ‘Peace Corps Interview’ and reading and re-reading the Peace Corps website with relish. When the timing finally seemed close enough to apply, I ripped through my initial application with gusto, quintuple-checking all of the questions and essays, and bothering friends and supervisors for work recommendations.

In November 2009, I began filling out documents for potential areas I could work in, got finger-printed and background checked, and prepared for what I deemed to be the most important interview of my life. I chose one of the nicest hotels in Buenos Aires, Argentina to host my internet reception for my interview with my recruiter. And I nailed that interview like no other interview (it must have been beginner’s luck: this was my first real interview I ever had). My recruiter told me he thought I would be ‘a great Peace Corps Volunteer,’ and I spent the entire afternoon running around Buenos Aires in mad elation, my heart bursting with happiness. I was going to be a Peace Corps Volunteer!

However, it didn’t take me too long to understand that being greenlighted from one interview in no way makes you a Peace Corps Volunteer- it’s a long and winding road to the finish line! And so after my nomination to Latin America,  a lengthy medical review, and then my medical clearance– I could finally see an end in sight to the process of getting an invitation to serve.

And then there was the anxious and endless waiting. October, November, December– nothing. I cannot even begin to relay to all of you how much patience and determination it took on my part to keep my overzealous and eager hands from grabbing the nearest phone, dialing up the DC Office and shouting ‘Where is my invitation!?!? WHERE AM I GOING??’

And in the process of applying, I barely wrote about any of this on my blog! For some reason I knew on a deep level that I wanted to be a Peace Corps Volunteer so much that I was too superstitious to even write about it.

On Monday, I received a call. ‘Brittany, we found you a placement. Your invitation is in the mail and on it’s way to your house.’

Today, my invitation came in the mail. I leave May 25th, 2011 to start training to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay.

Today, January 14th, 2011, is better than Christmas. Better than my birthday. Today is one of the best days of my life. Today, my dream came true.

Today, I am going to be a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Last but not least, I would like to dedicate this post to Rick Wandoff. This amazing, wonderful day would not be possible at all if it had not been for you. Thank you for making my dreams come true.

Love and Happiness to all of you!

Brittany Boroian
PCV Aug 8th 2011-Aug 2nd 2013

10 Comments so far
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Congratulations!!! I knew you could get through all of the waiting.

Comment by asb353

Congratulations Brittany! Glad to hear you’ve obtained a life goal and I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures in the future. 🙂

Comment by Jamie

Dear World,

I declare Brittany Borian amazingly awesome!! haha
Muchas felicidades, Brit! ❤

Comment by vicki

Congrats Brittany,
As an rpcv I can tell you, you will curse the day you said you wanted to join at least once, maybe for only 5 seconds, but know that you will make it through and you’ll be fine. And as jd once told me, expect to fail and then expect to fail again. peace corps isn’t for supermen( or women) It’s just a place where ordinary people realize they can do super things.

Comment by sparke

Hi Brittany. Last night’s “Radio Times” on WHYY (Philadelphia NPR affiliate) had an interview with a gent who’s written a book about the history of the Peace Corps (he was a deputy director in the mid-1960s), followed by interviews with three volunteers, all women, from different eras. (Geez, long sentence.)

Anyway, I thought of you. You can listen to podcasts here.

Congratulations and all best to you!

Comment by Allison (Max's friend)

Hey Brittany, congratulations with the invitation! Upon reading your blog, I was sparked by reading that you had the same initial interested as me while watching that last episode of Boy Meets World. I’m wondering how many more were influenced by that last episode, it also helped that Danielle Fisher lived in my town and I spotted her a couple times. I’m waiting for my medical review in the next two weeks and hoping to leave near the end of the year. I hope all is well and good luck on your journey1

Comment by Jess Yu

Congratulations Jess!! Let me know where you end up 🙂

Comment by brittanygoesglobal

Hi! My name is Marilu and I too have been assigned to Paraguay on the same date! I’m so excited to have found someone who will be in my program! What area will you be working in? I have so many questions! What are you doing now to prepare for departure? I agree with you, it has been a very long process but it will definitely be worth it!

Comment by Marilu

I’m currently in the anxious stage of waiting for my invitation. It’s the most difficult process I’ve ever been through. Reading your blog gave me inspiration to stick out the wait, and be patient for the remaining wait time.



Comment by Scott

Hey Scott! Thanks for inspiring me to write this post on why the Peace Corps is worth the wait:

Don’t give up! You’ll get there 🙂

Comment by brittanygoesglobal

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