Director's Welcome

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Peace Corps Ecuador, together with the rest of the world, continues to carry on as best we can during the Covid crisis. The Peace Corps Ecuador staff maintains fully engaged and in contact with the counterparts and host families, emphasizing that this is a temporary absence.

Peace Corps Ecuador staff is working as hard as ever and remotely. Despite a mix of emotions, at Peace Corps we are doing our utmost to be fully prepared for the safe return of the Volunteers when the time is right. We are doing things such as developing new protocols as well as updating our plans and manuals to appropriately reflect the new reality in our immediate future. We are amazed by all the ways in which our staff and teams have adapted to these extraordinary times, resulting in new innovations and process improvements.

At the Peace Corps Washington level, the Task Force on Global Re-entry continues to wrestle through crucial issues and helps us to chart a path forward for our return to the service. Headquarters is maintaining communication with those evacuated volunteers that have expressed interest in returning.

Director Jody Olsen said it well: “I am so very appreciative of each and every one of our staff—not only for your passion and dedication to the mission, but also for your remarkable patience with what has turned out to be a long journey through considerable unchartered territory. Our posts and HQ offices have done an exceptional job of planning and preparing, and we remain cautiously optimistic that we will return to the field as soon as possible.

Best regards and be well,

Michael A. Donald
Country Director
Peace Corps Ecuador