How will the Peace Corps’ COVID-19 restrictions impact my safety during service?

Peace Corps has taken the steps to reduce the likelihood that Volunteers will contract or spread COVID-19. In some cases, we’re limiting the use of public transportation where social distancing and/or mask use is not enforced. As a result, some communities may not be available to serve in at this time if private transportation options are not available.

I'm worried about my safety overseas. How can I find out more about risks and crime in countries where Volunteers serve?

The Peace Corps takes Volunteer safety and security very seriously. Every Volunteer receives extensive training to reduce risks as much as possible. To find out more about the Peace Corps’ approach to safety, check out the Health & Safety section of our website, read the Peace Corps' Annual Statistical Report of Crimes Against Volunteers, and review country-specific sections on preparing to volunteer.

While a Volunteer, I was a victim of a sexual assault, stalking, or other crime. What are my options?

If you are a current Volunteer, first, make sure you are safe and not in immediate danger. As soon as you are safe, contact Peace Corps’ staff (the safety and security manager or medical officer) at your post to report the incident.

The Office of Victim Advocacy provides victim advocates for current and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have been victims of sexual assault, stalking, and other crimes. To report or discuss any crimes, contact the Office of Victim Advocacy at 202.409.2704 (by call or text message) or by email at [email protected]. Victim advocates are available 24/7. For anonymous crisis information for victims of sexual assault, you can contact the PC Saves hotline at pcsaveshelpline.org (online chat or call-back); for calls outside the U.S., dial 001.408.844-HELP(4357); for calls in the U.S., dial 408-844-HELP(4357).