Video Documentary: Peace Corps Response to COVID

This short film captures the partnership Peace Corps and FEMA forged to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

For the second time in the agency’s 60-year history, Peace Corps Response Volunteers deployed in the U.S., at the request of FEMA, to support their vaccination efforts.

The documentary, "Peace Corps Response to COVID," follows Volunteers through their three-month journey as they used skills honed during their Peace Corps service to help communities in need here at home.

Read introductory remarks by Peace Corps CEO Carol Spahn

This short film captures a very unique assignment in our 60-year history. For only the second time, Peace Corps Response Volunteers were deployed in the United States, at the invitation of FEMA to support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts right here at home.

Peace Corps CEO Carol Spahn swears in Volunteers for FEMA domestic deployment.
Peace Corps CEO Carol Spahn swears in Volunteers for FEMA domestic deployment.

Over three months, more than 150 volunteers utilized the interpersonal skills, language proficiency, and the overall adaptability that defined their Peace Corps service in 52 countries overseas. And, as a result, Volunteers contributed to the vaccination of nearly 58,000 people.

I am so very grateful for these Volunteers, the FEMA staff, and the Americans who came together and worked to protect each other from COVID-19.

I'm so inspired by this story; it reminds me how much the Peace Corps network is always prepared to meet the moment, whether that's here at home or with our partner communities around the world.

Thank you so much and enjoy the film.