FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, September 28, 2023
STATEMENT ON PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER SERVICES, MENTAL HEALTH, AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING
(Washington, D.C. | Thursday, September 28, 2023) – At the Peace Corps, we strive to match every person who is invited to serve with an assignment that best matches the whole person: their education, work experience, and most importantly their mental and physical health needs.
Over the last several years, we have made significant investments to strengthen the supports we offer to every Volunteer during service related to mental health and emotional wellbeing. And still, we know from over 60 years of experience that serving in some of the remote communities around the world can be an incredibly difficult adjustment for some Volunteers. Our ability to support health conditions – especially mental health conditions – can vary significantly depending on the unique environments where our Volunteers are invited to serve.
We take seriously our responsibility to complete individualized health assessments, provide access to quality healthcare and ensure that every Volunteer has a safe and successful experience.
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