Peace Corps Response

Peace Corps Response Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to serve in highly specialized assignments around the world for 12 months or less. Volunteers must be U.S.

citizens. The Peace Corps offers a unique experience to make a difference around the world and bring the benefits of that experience back home. The personal and professional rewards of Peace Corps service last a lifetime. Peace Corps Response recruits U.S. citizens with professional experience as well as returned Peace Corps Volunteers for short-term, high-impact assignments. These positions are streamlined and designed for Volunteers to hit the ground running.

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This #familyfriday we are featuring the incredible connection RPCV, Jonathan, has with his host country, Armenia. As a V...
12/03/2021
How to shrink 7,000 miles to zero over Zoom

This #familyfriday we are featuring the incredible connection RPCV, Jonathan, has with his host country, Armenia. As a Virtual Service Pilot participant, Jonathan can finally give back to Armenia what it gave to him during his service over ten years ago. Read his story to find out more! Peace Corps Armenia #virtualservicepilot

I realized this was my opportunity to give something substantial — not a mere token of appreciation, but something akin to what I’d been given when I’d been a volunteer: time.

12/01/2021
Peace Corps Response to COVID Trailer

Happening tomorrow! Attend the virtual premiere of the new Peace Corps documentary to see how Response Volunteers assisted FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency in their vaccination efforts. 📽 #PCResponsetoCOVID #pcwatchparty

11/16/2021

“Every day since my return home I've thought about the people, places, and experiences of my service.” Read how RPCV Holly was reconnected with her country of service through her experience participating in the Virtual Service Pilot. Finally, connected through technology, her heart is (virtually) back home in Namibia! Peace Corps Namibia #virtualservicepilot

“AHP enables us to work with institutions training healthcare workers — nurses, pharmacists, medical doctors, lab techni...
10/15/2021
Towela Nyika: “We are trying to achieve health for all.”

“AHP enables us to work with institutions training healthcare workers — nurses, pharmacists, medical doctors, lab technicians — and to develop skill sets to offer better services to the population.”

Towela, the program manager for AHP, has worked with countless volunteers and local partners over the years to strengthen health systems in Malawi. Together, they are training the next generation of health workers. Peace Corps Malawi #peacecorpsresponse #advancinghealthprofessionals

Insights from the program manager for Advancing Health Professionals in Malawi

“The pandemic highlighted the need to help the countries grow their programs so that they can educate more nurses, pharm...
10/15/2021
Public Health Is Global Health

“The pandemic highlighted the need to help the countries grow their programs so that they can educate more nurses, pharmacists, and more physicians.”

Read how Peace Corps Response’s newest program, Advancing Health Professionals, is needed now more than ever! #peacecorpsresponse #advancinghealthprofessionals

In 2019, Peace Corps Response launched Advancing Health Professionals. Then the pandemic hit.

In the last year and a half, service has looked very different for Peace Corps. Read how Annie adapted from a Response V...
10/14/2021
Annie Eng: One month into work in Georgia, I was evacuated.

In the last year and a half, service has looked very different for Peace Corps. Read how Annie adapted from a Response Volunteer in Peace Corps Georgia to a Virtual Service Pilot Participant based in the United States. Annie reminds us that although we can never prepare for what's next—we can always continue to learn! #peacecorpsresponse

Having to be evacuated in March hasn’t put an end to Annie Eng’s work with Georgia.

As thousands of Peace Corps Volunteers and Peace Corps Response Volunteers were evacuated in March 2020, no one understo...
10/14/2021
Marcy Pursell: Last year, all Volunteers were evacuated. I’ve been there, twice.

As thousands of Peace Corps Volunteers and Peace Corps Response Volunteers were evacuated in March 2020, no one understood what they were going through like former Response Volunteer Marcy. Evacuated twice before completing service in Peace Corps Sierra Leone, Marcy understands what it means to be committed to the mission of the Peace Corps! #peacecorpsresponse

It’s heartbreaking for communities and Volunteers alike when they need to be evacuated.

After 25 years as a physical therapist, Vishakha served as a Response Volunteer with FEMA Federal Emergency Management A...
10/13/2021
Vishakha Wavde: “This journey has brought me to consider what more I can do.”

After 25 years as a physical therapist, Vishakha served as a Response Volunteer with FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency , helping to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Venturing outside of her comfort zone, she has recognized she is capable of doing much more than she thought—and is already considering what she should do next! #peacecorpsresponse

She was serving as a health advisor in Malawi. Evacuated to the U.S., she has helped fight COVID-19.

Even though Priscilla had a 40-year gap between her Peace Corps service in Uganda and her first Response assignment in A...
10/13/2021
Priscilla Goldfarb: Within 48 hours she was on a plane, headed to serve in Katrina relief efforts.

Even though Priscilla had a 40-year gap between her Peace Corps service in Uganda and her first Response assignment in Alabama, she couldn't help but notice the similarities… "Familiar, too, was the incredible strength, grace, and dignity of people on a daily basis facing the most adverse of circumstances." #peacecorpsresponse

Within 48 hours she was on a plane, headed to serve in Katrina relief efforts.

Lily used previous skills learned in her two-year service to help her succeed as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (forme...
10/12/2021
Lily Asrat: One of those moments I thought, “We’re doing something right.”

Lily used previous skills learned in her two-year service to help her succeed as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (formerly known as Crisis Corps Volunteer) in Guinea. Read how her language skills, professionalism, and flexibility amplified her work with the International Rescue Committee #peacecorpsresponse

One of those moments I thought, We’re doing something right.

"Response work is a collaboration between the Peace Corps and the host partner organization; it's not about just bringin...
10/12/2021
Yemi Oshodi: “I understood quickly that I couldn’t do it on my own.”

"Response work is a collaboration between the Peace Corps and the host partner organization; it's not about just bringing people in to do the job. It's about a transfer of knowledge, skills, and collaboration. I saw the job description — tasks and expectations — and I understood quickly that I couldn't do it on my own."

Read how Response Volunteer Yemi and her counterpart, Patricia, facilitated engaging sexual and reproductive health trainings during her service in St. Lucia! #peacecorpsresponse

The complex work of HIV/AIDS prevention in St. Lucia

From natural disasters and relief assistance to environmental protection and health systems strengthening, Peace Corps R...
10/11/2021
Peace Corps Response: Snapshots from the First Quarter Century

From natural disasters and relief assistance to environmental protection and health systems strengthening, Peace Corps Response has adapted to meet the changing needs of communities around the world. Take a look at the moments that have defined the past 25 years 👀 #PeaceCorpsResponse

Volunteers Serving in Times of Need

Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay! Worldwide, the gap between demand for mental health services and supply is substantial. ...
10/10/2021
Lecturer- Mental Health Nursing

Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay! Worldwide, the gap between demand for mental health services and supply is substantial. PCR’s Advancing Health Professionals program has opportunities for medical and health professionals to help bridge this gap by sharing their skills and knowledge. Learn more about the Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing opening in Peace Corps Uganda

Advancing Health Professionals (AHP): a Peace Corps Response program, is in need of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the Busitema University Faculty of Health Sciences without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical super...

Ready to learn more about serving as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer? Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 2:00PM ET for a ...
10/08/2021
Peace Corps Response Information Session

Ready to learn more about serving as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer? Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 2:00PM ET for a webinar about the history of the program, our opportunities to serve, and tips to guide you through the application process.

Join us to learn about Peace Corps Response! Attend this webinar to learn about the history of Peace Corps Response, find the right position, and strengthen your application. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about service and gain valuable tips to guide you through the application proce...

08/26/2021
JFK Awards

The deadline is just a few days away! Make sure to submit your nomination for an excellent returned Peace Corps Response Volunteer by Tuesday, August 31.

What happens when you receive an invitation to serve as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer? Join our Recruitment and Place...
08/06/2021
Peace Corps Response: From Invitation to Departure

What happens when you receive an invitation to serve as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer? Join our Recruitment and Placement Specialists next week on Wednesday, August 11 at 2:00PM EDT for a webinar focused on the steps you'll need to take from Invitation to Departure. Register to learn essential information about the pre-departure process, including passports 📑, clearances 🧑‍⚕️, and travel logistics ✈.

Have you learned about what it takes to present a competitive application and are eagerly awaiting an invitation to serve with Peace Corps Response? Join us on August 11th to learn about the next steps in the process after receiving an invitation to serve. Our Recruitment and Placement Specialists w...

Do you know an extraordinary Peace Corps Response Volunteer? Nominate them today for the JFK Service Award! This award i...
07/26/2021
John F. Kennedy Service Award

Do you know an extraordinary Peace Corps Response Volunteer? Nominate them today for the JFK Service Award! This award is given every five years in honor of Present John F. Kennedy’s vision, leadership, and commitment to public service. If you know someone who has made exceptional contributions towards realizing the mission and goals of Peace Corps, nominate them today! Nominations are due by August 13, 2021.

Honoring members of the Peace Corps community for their exceptional contributions towards realizing the mission and goals of the agency.

Efforts to reach underserved communities continue in our partnership with the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency. ...
07/17/2021

Efforts to reach underserved communities continue in our partnership with the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency. We thank Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff for recognizing our Response Volunteers and their federal, state, and community partners!

Yesterday, Second Gentleman of the United States Douglas Emhoff recognized Peace Corps Response Volunteers and FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency staff for supporting the nationwide vaccination effort. He thanked our volunteers for their dedication to the assignment and their exceptional ability to serve within communities, make people-to-people connections and show great adaptability.

It takes a lot of courage to walk up to a stranger’s door—just ask Oregon Team 3! Peace Corps Response Volunteers are ve...
07/02/2021

It takes a lot of courage to walk up to a stranger’s door—just ask Oregon Team 3! Peace Corps Response Volunteers are venturing into brand new neighborhoods, where they may not speak the language of the residents, to support and promote Community and Mobile Vaccination Centers. Thanks to their previous Peace Corps experience, our Response Volunteers understand the importance of connecting with the local community, no matter where you’re serving! #PCResponsetoCOVID
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
Oregon Health Authority

Read Response Volunteer Carlos Jean-Baptiste’s experience when he landed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and asked himself, “C...
06/29/2021
Can You Go Home for the First Time?

Read Response Volunteer Carlos Jean-Baptiste’s experience when he landed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and asked himself, “Can you go home for the first time?” #PCR25 #CaribbeanAmericanHeritageMonth #caribbeanamerican #haiti #CAHM

As a child of immigrants let me tell you: there is a comfort in being surrounded by people that look like you and, even more so, when they are using your language.

“Working with international colleagues, making new Mexican friends, and living with an extended family in Mexico broaden...
06/23/2021
Service in war, peace, and a pandemic

“Working with international colleagues, making new Mexican friends, and living with an extended family in Mexico broadened my horizons yet again” Read Doug Crocketts journey through war and peace to his Peace Corps Response service in Peace Corps Mexico .

The COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful global wake-up call that offers us the unique opportunity to clarify what is most important. As a veteran of the U.S Army, a retired career public servant, and a returned Peace Corps Response Volunteer, it has helped me clarify the importance service has played .....

We are excited to announce the winner of the Peace Corps Response 25th Anniversary Photo Contest! Congratulations to Res...
06/22/2021

We are excited to announce the winner of the Peace Corps Response 25th Anniversary Photo Contest! Congratulations to Response Volunteer Tracy Stetzinger, who served in Peace Corps Peru . Tracy served as an Endangered Species Conservation Specialist. During her service, she also worked closely with a local NGO conducting educational programs teaching local populations about Lake Junin's endemic and endangered species. Thank you to all our contestants and finalists—we loved seeing service through your eyes! #PCR25

We are excited to announce the winner of the Peace Corps Response 25th Anniversary Photo Contest! Congratulations to Response Volunteer Tracy Stetzinger, who served in Peace Corps Peru . Tracy served as an Endangered Species Conservation Specialist. During her service, she also worked closely with a local NGO conducting educational programs teaching local populations about Lake Junin's endemic and endangered species. Thank you to all our contestants and finalists—we loved seeing service through your eyes! #PCR25

Nearly 14,000 American citizens over the age of 50 have served with Peace Corps in the program's 60-year history! On Thu...
06/22/2021
2021 Lillian Carter Award

Nearly 14,000 American citizens over the age of 50 have served with Peace Corps in the program's 60-year history! On Thursday, June 24th, we will be celebrating the extraordinary impact Peace Corps Volunteers over the age of 50 have made around the globe and in the United States. Join us as we honor Miss Carter's legacy, and announce the winner of the Peace Corps 2021 Lillian Carter Award! You must register to attend. 🏆

The 2021 Lillian Carter Award ceremony will be held online on June 24, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Happy Juneteenth! Juneteenth is a newly-recognized federal holiday marking the end of the enslavement of African-America...
06/19/2021
Juneteenth: Turning on the Lights

Happy Juneteenth! Juneteenth is a newly-recognized federal holiday marking the end of the enslavement of African-Americans in the United States. President Lincoln formally abolished slavery in January 1863, but the news was kept secret from enslaved people in Texas. It was not until over two years later, on June 19th, 1865, that Union troops in Galveston, Texas, would announce the end of enslavement, thus freeing the last enslaved people. We at Peace Corps Response acknowledge that true freedom is still struggled for even today.

Read more about what celebrating Juneteenth means for several daughters of Texas working at the Peace Corps.

Juneteenth. It’s distinctly possible you’ve never heard of the holiday. Or, maybe you associate it with Ralph Ellison’s novel of the same name and assume it’s a fiction.

Today we celebrate 25 years, 83 countries, nearly 4,000 volunteers with diverse skills and the know-how to hit the groun...
06/19/2021

Today we celebrate 25 years, 83 countries, nearly 4,000 volunteers with diverse skills and the know-how to hit the ground ready to serve. Since 1996, Peace Corps Response has answered the call from countries across the world, including right here in the United States. We want to thank all of our volunteers, partner organizations, counterparts, and community members who have made each year as memorable as the last. Service unites us. Experience defines us. We are Peace Corps Response! #pcr25 #peacecorpsresponse

Today we celebrate 25 years, 83 countries, nearly 4,000 volunteers with diverse skills and the know-how to hit the ground ready to serve. Since 1996, Peace Corps Response has answered the call from countries across the world, including right here in the United States. We want to thank all of our volunteers, partner organizations, counterparts, and community members who have made each year as memorable as the last. Service unites us. Experience defines us. We are Peace Corps Response! #pcr25 #peacecorpsresponse

Thank you to everyone who attended the story slam yesterday! Were you unable to join us? You’re in luck--You can still r...
06/18/2021
How an 8-year-old added meaning to my Peace Corps Response service

Thank you to everyone who attended the story slam yesterday! Were you unable to join us? You’re in luck--You can still read about Response Volunteer Mickie Cuevas-Post’s experience in Peace Corps Belize. Click the link below to learn how an 8-Year old added meaning to her service! Thank you to Mickie, and all the Storytellers, who participated in our event yesterday! 📖#pcr25

In my hour of frustration, the answer to the question, “Why am I here?” became evident.

Two is better than one! Michael Triozzi, who originally served 27 months in Peace Corps Morocco as a Youth in Developmen...
06/17/2021
Choosing Between Peace Corps and Peace Corps Response

Two is better than one! Michael Triozzi, who originally served 27 months in Peace Corps Morocco as a Youth in Development Volunteer, served a second time as a Response Volunteer in Peace Corps Georgia. Read about how his experience prepared him to hit the ground running to support his partner organization in Georgia. #PCR25 #PeaceCorpsResponse

I chose to serve in Peace Corps before applying to be a Peace Corps Response Volunteer, and I’m glad I did both.

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This #familyfriday we are featuring the incredible connection RPCV, Jonathan, has with his host country, Armenia. As a Virtual Service Pilot participant, Jonathan can finally give back to Armenia what it gave to him during his service over ten years ago. Read his story to find out more! Peace Corps Armenia #virtualservicepilot
Happening tomorrow! Attend the virtual premiere of the new Peace Corps documentary to see how Response Volunteers assisted FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency in their vaccination efforts. 📽 #PCResponsetoCOVID #pcwatchparty
“Every day since my return home I've thought about the people, places, and experiences of my service.” Read how RPCV Holly was reconnected with her country of service through her experience participating in the Virtual Service Pilot. Finally, connected through technology, her heart is (virtually) back home in Namibia! Peace Corps Namibia #virtualservicepilot
“AHP enables us to work with institutions training healthcare workers — nurses, pharmacists, medical doctors, lab technicians — and to develop skill sets to offer better services to the population.” Towela, the program manager for AHP, has worked with countless volunteers and local partners over the years to strengthen health systems in Malawi. Together, they are training the next generation of health workers. Peace Corps Malawi #peacecorpsresponse #advancinghealthprofessionals
What makes for a good Response Volunteer? In Dallas's experience, being humble and an open learner. Read about his experience in the AHP program below! #peacecorpsresponse #advancinghealthprofessionals
“The pandemic highlighted the need to help the countries grow their programs so that they can educate more nurses, pharmacists, and more physicians.” Read how Peace Corps Response’s newest program, Advancing Health Professionals, is needed now more than ever! #peacecorpsresponse #advancinghealthprofessionals
In the last year and a half, service has looked very different for Peace Corps. Read how Annie adapted from a Response Volunteer in Peace Corps Georgia to a Virtual Service Pilot Participant based in the United States. Annie reminds us that although we can never prepare for what's next—we can always continue to learn! #peacecorpsresponse
As thousands of Peace Corps Volunteers and Peace Corps Response Volunteers were evacuated in March 2020, no one understood what they were going through like former Response Volunteer Marcy. Evacuated twice before completing service in Peace Corps Sierra Leone, Marcy understands what it means to be committed to the mission of the Peace Corps! #peacecorpsresponse
After 25 years as a physical therapist, Vishakha served as a Response Volunteer with FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency , helping to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Venturing outside of her comfort zone, she has recognized she is capable of doing much more than she thought—and is already considering what she should do next! #peacecorpsresponse
Even though Priscilla had a 40-year gap between her Peace Corps service in Uganda and her first Response assignment in Alabama, she couldn't help but notice the similarities… "Familiar, too, was the incredible strength, grace, and dignity of people on a daily basis facing the most adverse of circumstances." #peacecorpsresponse
Lily used previous skills learned in her two-year service to help her succeed as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (formerly known as Crisis Corps Volunteer) in Guinea. Read how her language skills, professionalism, and flexibility amplified her work with the International Rescue Committee #peacecorpsresponse