The Peace Corps Domestic COVID-19 Response
For the second time in the agency’s 60-year history, Peace Corps Response Volunteers will deploy in the U.S., at the request of FEMA, where they will serve three-month assignments in FEMA-supported Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs).
The Peace Corps is implementing the COVID-19 domestic deployment through Peace Corps Response, a Peace Corps program that sends individuals with specialized experience to short-term service assignments. Responding to this historic moment, and to the call of a sister agency, positions the Peace Corps as a partner in the whole-of-government COVID-19 Federal government response. It demonstrates the value of the volunteer spirit here at home in a time when the pandemic has closed borders worldwide.
The Peace Corps is eager to meet this moment at a time when Volunteers’ skills and passion for service are urgently needed.
The Peace Corps will soon begin recruiting for this special domestic deployment. Peace Corps Volunteers and Peace Corps Response Volunteers who were given Completion of Service status in 2020 as part of the global evacuation due to COVID-19 are eligible to serve. These Volunteers will receive an email with a link to the application. Assignments will focus on urgent needs as identified by FEMA, and on communities that have been traditionally underserved.
How will Peace Corps Response Volunteers know they are eligible to apply?
All eligible Volunteers will receive an email with a link to the application. There will not be a way to apply to these positions on the website.
What will Peace Corps Response Volunteers do?
Response Volunteers will be assigned to language support, administrative, logistical, and other work that supports the operation of FEMA-funded Community Vaccination Centers.
Response Volunteers will not be administering the vaccine, nor will they engage in any other clinical work during their assignment.
Will Peace Corps Response Volunteers be vaccinated?
All unvaccinated Peace Corps Response Volunteers engaging in the domestic deployment will receive the COVID-19 vaccines through FEMA, and will be required to receive the full dose of the vaccine as a condition of service.
What are the benefits?
Response Volunteers will receive similar benefits, with some differences, to overseas Volunteers serving comparable terms of service. That includes a volunteer and readjustment allowance, medical care, travel and lodging while in service.
Where will Peace Corps Response Volunteers serve?
Response Volunteers will be serving in FEMA-supported CVCs, which are being set up and administered nationwide by FEMA. Due to the need for a rapid and flexible response based on local need and in order to facilitate equitable vaccine distribution, Volunteers should be informed which CVC they will be assigned to several weeks before departure.
Our partnership with the Peace Corps is an example of our commitment to reaching under-served and historically marginalized communities, to ensure equal access to vaccines. FEMA’s employees are excited to work alongside the Peace Corps in this ongoing battle against COVID-19.Bob Fenton, Acting FEMA Administrator