Agency Updates During COVID-19

In March 2020, the Peace Corps temporarily suspended Volunteer operations and evacuated all posts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Peace Corps remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our Volunteers, host country staff, and host communities. As the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine continues, we have decided that it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our Volunteers, staff, and the countries we serve to have our incoming Volunteers obtain the COVID-19 vaccination before returning to service as a requirement of medical clearance. Unfortunately, Peace Corps will not be able to assist with or facilitate vaccinations for Invitees or evacuated Volunteers at this time. Please refer to your state’s COVID-19 guidance for instructions on how to obtain a vaccination. You may visit the CDC website to find your state’s information.

The Peace Corps has developed a comprehensive process for evaluating each post based on medical, security, programmatic, administrative, and logistical criteria that will allow the agency to determine when conditions are conducive to welcome Volunteers back to service. Each country program is monitoring the situation closely and collaborating with local communities, host country governments and local partners, in-country stakeholders, U.S. Embassy staff, and Peace Corps/HQ to evaluate the situation in country.

As we continue to learn more about how countries are responding to the challenges posed by COVID-19, we realize that some countries may be ready well before other countries to receive Volunteers again. Even within a single country, there may be regions or programs that may become available earlier than others – due to health, safety and security concerns, or due to pandemic-related programmatic disruptions.

Related resources

Evacuation FAQs

Peace Corps CARES Act funding plan

As required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), this document represents the Peace Corps’ plan to the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) [PDF] describing how the agency will use “covered funds”.

Government links