posted by Sarah
So the Peace Corps seems to be slipping from our grasp.
Joel found out that he’s been medically deferred until he gets his kidney stones treated, even though the doctor diagnosed them as being too small to be a bother and probably wouldn’t treat them under normal circumstances unless they were larger/affecting his health. Although we haven’t talked to the medical officer in charge and used our powers of persuasion to slide us through anyway, we’re thinking that the time and cost spent treating the stones would outweigh the goal of Joel finishing his MA in a timely fashion. Our options at this point are:
1. Joel gets treatment, which could conceivably cost in the tens of thousands w/o insurance
2. Joel finishes his degree in teaching writing but not ESL (and we stay here for one more year)
3. We find another international TESL program that would fulfill the requirements of Joel’s original MA program and teach there for a year or two.
Right now, we’re leaning towards option #3, and we’re looking into China as our first country of choice. Although this is just an initial guess, we’d like to pursue this path, as long as 1) this experience fits with the grad school’s requirements, and 2) we don’t have to spend a whole lot of money to get there.
That’s all. We’d really appreciate your continued prayers and any advice you’d care to give!