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The application process begins by selecting a service model and finding an open position.

Peace Corps Volunteer
2 years, 3 months
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Peace Corps Response
Up to 12 months
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Virtual Service Pilot
3-6 months
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If you are flexible in where you serve for the two-year Peace Corps Volunteer program, our experts can match you with a position and country based on your experience and preferences.

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RPCV Health Care and Insurance

RPCVs receive Short-term Health Insurance for Transition and Travel (SHIFTT) immediately upon close of service for up to three months. Additionally, RPCVs can receive medical care for unresolved conditions which occurred during service.

Transition insurance protects against coverage gaps

Upon close of service (COS) you are auto-enrolled for one month of coverage funded by Peace Corps. You may optionally sign up and pay for one or two additional months of coverage, not to exceed three months total.

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Closing service and obtaining health insurance

Important considerations

  • It is provided by International Medical Group, a private company.
  • It covers health conditions Volunteers acquire during the period of enrollment/coverage.
  • It covers Volunteers both internationally and in the U.S.
  • It can cover Returned Volunteers as well as spouses and dependents.
  • It is not considered Minimum Essential Coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
  • It does not cover evaluation or treatment of service-related conditions.

Period of enrollment

Volunteers are automatically enrolled and covered for one month following your COS, paid for by the Peace Corps. Enrolled Volunteers may extend coverage for an additional two months at their expense. Prior to leaving service, Volunteers have the option of deducting the cost from their readjustment allowance. After COS, Returned Volunteers must enroll prior to SHIFTT coverage expiring to extend coverage beyond the first month.

Post-service health insurance options

As you transition off of RPCV Short-term Health Insurance, you can access other health insurance options in a variety of ways. Check out Insurance through the Affordable Care Act to learn more.

Health conditions not resolved during service

To obtain medical care for health conditions not resolved during service, you will need to contact the Office of Health Services Post-Service Unit at [email protected] or 202.692.1540. A post-service case manager will guide you through the process.

SHIFTT costs and coverage

Please visit International Medical Group for information regarding SHIFTT costs and coverage or to access the provider network.