The Peace Corps Increases Medical Reimbursements for Applicants

December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Peace Corps today announced it will increase the cost coverage of medical reimbursements provided to applicants invited to serve as volunteers. The increase is part of an agency effort to lower the barriers to service for Americans who wish to become Peace Corps volunteers and will help pay for physical exams, lab work, diagnostic tests, and other medical services needed prior to departure.

The Peace Corps approved a reimbursement increase of three times the current amount for medical expenses to between $375 and $870, depending on the invitee’s age and gender. Dental expenses will now be reimbursed to a maximum of $180. Vision reimbursements have been increased by five times, to a total of $60.

“This development is exciting,” said Peace Corps Director Jody K. Olsen. “We want to make the opportunity of Peace Corps service available to every qualified American, regardless of their socioeconomic status. This is a significant step forward in achieving that goal.”

Medical clearance requirements for applicants varies significantly based on their medical history and requirements from host countries. Yellow fever and polio booster vaccinations remain fully reimbursable if required for a volunteer’s country of service. The Peace Corps will also continue to provide all other necessary vaccinations upon volunteer arrival to their host country.

For more details on how the Peace Corps is protecting the health of trainees and volunteers, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the medical information for applicants section of the Peace Corps website.

About the Peace Corps:  The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 241,000 Americans of all ages have served in 142 countries worldwide. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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