Completing Service

Frequently asked questions

What will I need to do to close out my service?

The specific procedures will differ according to each post. In general, there are several issues for you to take care of before you leave the country, including administrative matters (such as grants, bank accounts, etc.), programmatic matters (such as submitting your Description of Service), return of PC property, medical matters (which may include COS medical and post-service testing), etc.

Please pay close attention to the information coming from your post about these matters. More information about your COS medical exam and post-service testing can be found in the Health FAQ.

What will happen to my Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate?

TEFL Certificate RPCVs who have completed at least 18 months of service and have satisfactorily completed all TEFL Certificate requirements will receive the TEFL Certificate. In addition, all TEFL Certificate RPCVs will receive a transcript that documents the requirements they completed towards the Certificate. TEFL Certificate post staff will send the respective documents to the email address on record for each RPCV who was part of the TEFL Certificate program.

Please contact [email protected] for questions related to TEFL Certificates and transcripts

What if I have a grant through the Small Projects Assistance (SPA), Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP), Volunteer Activities Support and Training (VAST) or others?

All grant projects will be closed due to the evacuation of all Volunteers. Post staff and community members cannot complete project activities in the absence of Volunteers.

To close out your grant, please work with the Director of Management and Operations (DMO), Sector Manager and/or Small Grants Coordinator at your post. Please aim to submit completion reports and other supporting documents in PCGO by April 30, 2020. If you have any unspent grant funds with you, they will need to be returned to Peace Corps Headquarters.

How do I return unspent grant funds to Peace Corps Headquarters?

Volunteers should contact [email protected] to inform the Peace Corps Headquarters if they need to return unspent grant funds in US dollars or local currency. Please provide your name, phone number, mailing address, and email address. If you have unspent local currency grant funds to return, Peace Corps will send you a UPS shipping label to return those funds by mail after your 14 day self-quarantine period ends. If you have unspent grant funds in US dollars, we will provide you with instructions on how to return US dollars at that time.

Volunteers should complete the Return of Unspent Grant Funds Form [PDF] and return it along with any unspent local currency grant funds using a Peace Corps-issued shipping label by April 30, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and evacuation of all Volunteers from posts, Peace Corps will not deduct outstanding grant funds against your readjustment allowance or evacuation allowance payments. However, you will be billed by the Peace Corps for any such outstanding grant funds that have not been returned.

Will donors to my PCPP project be contacted?

Donors will be notified if PCPP projects were fundraising online at the time of the evacuation.

At their discretion, donors may receive a refund or may reallocate their donations to Country Funds, Issue Funds or the Global Fund. If donors have any questions, they can contact Peace Corps at [email protected].

Will my student loan status change?

Each lending institution will handle your situation differently. We recommend that you reach out to your institution upon return to the U.S. Please check Learning Space in forthcoming days to see any updates.

What about incoming cohorts to my country?

At this time, all stagings scheduled through the end of September 2020 have been postponed and we will be closely watching upcoming staging dates as the outbreak comes under control.

What will happen to the Peace Corps staff?

There are no plans at this time to change our staffing in countries. This is a temporary evacuation to attend to PCV safety and health and is not a reflection of the viability of our country programs. Your post staff will ensure your safe evacuation and close of service and promptly begin preparing to welcome back Volunteers once conditions allow.

Should I be interacting with local press?

As a private citizen and member of the RPCV community, you are free to speak to media as you feel comfortable and appropriate. We also encourage you to redirect any inquiry to the Peace Corps Press Office at [email protected] or the Peace Corps website where we try to keep up to date information.

Can recently returned RPCVs be deployed domestically, especially in response to the COVID-19 response?

Peace Corps and Peace Corps Response are unable to deploy Volunteers domestically. However, we do know many recently returned PCVs are exploring possibilities with other agencies and NGOs that are implementing COVID-19 response efforts.

How can I link up with other Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) in my area?

Please reach out to the National Peace Corps Association at [email protected] for affiliated groups of RPCVs in your area.

How can I be counted in the 2020 Census?

You can be included in the 2020 Census for your Home of Record (HOR) in the US or at whatever US address you have relocated to, whether as the primary resident or as a member of the household, depending on your individual circumstances.