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Peace Corps announces wellness stipend for evacuated volunteers

WASHINGTON – Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen announced the agency will provide additional financial support to the 7,000 volunteers and trainees who were evacuated from their posts last month due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Our volunteers returned to the United States during a very challenging time, so I am pleased to announce this $1,500 wellness stipend,” said Director Olsen. “We are able to provide this one-time stipend thanks to the strong support of the Administration and Congress, which recently authorized a supplemental appropriation for the Peace Corps to cover costs associated with the evacuations and post-service benefits for volunteers.”

The new stipend is intended to help returned volunteers and trainees cover near-term health and wellness costs. These funds will be provided in addition to the evacuation and readjustment allowances that were disbursed in recent weeks.

Evacuees were also provided with two months of health insurance coverage and the option to purchase a third month of coverage. Other benefits include Non-Competitive Eligibility for federal jobs and the opportunity to apply for enrollment in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, which provides financial support to graduate students.

“Peace Corps volunteers have a wealth of leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills that make our communities and the American workforce stronger,” said Director Olsen. “We are partnering with stakeholders across government, the private sector and higher education to assist returned volunteers as they determine what’s next in their lives, in the workplace, at graduate school or back in the Peace Corps when conditions permit.”

For more information on post-service benefits visit the COVID-19 Updates page.

Wed, 22 Apr 2020 17:14:45 +0000

Peace Corps partners with federal agencies to connect volunteers with jobs

WASHINGTON – The Peace Corps is partnering with a host of federal agencies to hold webinars and virtual job fairs where evacuated Peace Corps volunteers can find jobs as they adjust to life in the United States.

“We are here to support our volunteers in every way possible,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “Our volunteers have given so much to the world, and we are working tirelessly to ensure their smooth transition to life back in the United States. We also want to recognize our outstanding government partners who are eager to hire returned Peace Corps volunteers and have supported us through this challenging time.”

Returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) can find the full list of virtual job fairs by logging in here.

The participating government agencies are:

  • Small Business Administration
  • Department of Labor
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Department of State
  • Department of Energy
  • United States Agency for International Development
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • Office of Personnel Management

This list may be updated as other agencies join the effort.

Additionally, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is conducting online classes to help RPCVs write their resumes, learn how to use the hiring website USAJOBS and navigate the federal hiring system.

Fri, 03 Apr 2020 23:25:08 +0000

Peace Corps celebrates 59th birthday during Peace Corps Week
A man kneels next to another man seated on a chair inside.

WASHINGTON – From March 1 - 7, 2020, Peace Corps celebrates Peace Corps Week and President John F. Kennedy’s establishment of the agency on March 1, 1961. The theme this year is Peace Corps 2020+: Building the Future.

Throughout the week, people across the United States will participate in events that commemorate Peace Corps’ 59th birthday and celebrate all the ways the agency makes a difference at home and abroad.

“With this new decade, we are looking forward,” says Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “The world is much more connected today and we see its opportunities for our agency. This Peace Corps Week, we celebrate the ways our host communities and volunteers are innovating, creating and adapting to create a better future. I thank every returned Peace Corps volunteer for their dedication to service and their willingness to create meaningful relationships across cultures, borders and languages.”

In the lead-up to Peace Corps Week, the agency held a photo challenge asking current and returned volunteers to submit photographs embodying the three goals of Peace Corps. One photo challenge winner will be announced on Facebook and Instagram each day during Peace Corps Week, with a total of six winners.

Over 20 Peace Corps Week events are taking place around the country. Activities include discussion panels with returned volunteers, information sessions with recruiters, film screenings, and storytelling events. Returned volunteers participating in these events will share photos, music, culture and stories from their countries of service. For a full list of suggested activities, visit the Peace Corps Week page.

Mon, 02 Mar 2020 20:08:19 +0000

Peace Corps announces 2020 top volunteer-producing schools

WASHINGTON – Peace Corps announced today its 2020 ranking of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. The schools are classed in large, medium or small categories, as well as a graduate school and an all-time category, which ranks the top Peace Corps volunteer-producing schools since 1961, the year of the agency’s inception.

“These schools are institutions that emphasize being global citizens and service-minded students,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am excited to know the graduates coming from Peace Corps’ top colleges are using their skills to make a positive impact on their communities at home and abroad.”

In the large school category, the University of Wisconsin–Madison continues to hold the No. 1 spot. After placing ninth in 2019, the University of Florida is now in second place; the school sent 70 alumni to Peace Corps service, 14 more than the previous year. At No. 4, the University of Maryland also rose in the ranks with 66 alums joining the Peace Corps, an increase of 11.

Large Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

More than 15,000 Undergraduates

1) University of Wisconsin-Madison - 79

2) University of Florida - 70

3) University of Virginia - 68

4) University of Maryland - College Park - 68

5) University of Georgia -64

For schools with between 15,000 and 5,000 undergraduates, George Washington University (GW) held the No. 1 spot with 62 alumni sent to Peace Corps service. GW has held the No. 1 spot in this category since 2018. American University is in second place for the third year in a row.

Medium Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates

1) George Washington University - 62

2) American University - 48

3) College of William and Mary - 46

4) University of Vermont - 45

5) Tulane University - 34

St. Lawrence University sent 19 former students to the Peace Corps, earning first place in the small schools category. Dartmouth has risen from No. 6 on the list last year to No. 2 in 2020.

Small Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Fewer than 5,000 undergraduates

1) St. Lawrence University - 19

2) Dartmouth College - 15

3) Eckerd College - 14

4) Bucknell University - 13 (tied)

4) Allegheny - 13 (tied)

4) Whitman College - 13 (tied)

Though ranked No. 6 last year, GW now holds first place on the graduate schools list. Four schools are tied for the No. 2 spot: NYU, Tulane, University of South Florida and University of Washington, which did not place on the list in 2019.

Graduate Schools – Total Volunteers:

All categories

1) George Washington University - 14

2) New York University - 11 (tied)

2) Tulane University - 11 (tied)

2) University of South Florida - 11 (tied)

2) University of Washington - 11 (tied)

Historically, the University of California - Berkeley has sent the most alumni to Peace Corps service: 3,741.

All Time Since 1961

All categories

1) University of California - Berkeley - 3,741

2) University of Wisconsin - Madison - 3,369

3) University of Washington -3,101

4) University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - 2,775

5) University of Colorado - Boulder - 2,556

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. View the complete 2020 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here.

*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2019 data as of September 30, 2019, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 13:15:04 +0000

Peace Corps Monitoring Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON – Since the outbreak was first reported in early January, the Peace Corps has been closely monitoring the coronavirus with the State Department Bureaus of Medical Affairs and Diplomatic Security, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, to safeguard volunteers and staff at Peace Corps posts around the world.

Peace Corps medical officers are communicating with volunteers on how to mitigate the risks of exposure, and an interdisciplinary working group is working closely with overseas posts to track and analyze the impact on the agency and to ensure an effective and timely response.

Each Peace Corps program has developed specific protocols for the coronavirus that have been included in their Emergency Action Plans. Volunteers are thoroughly trained in their roles and responsibilities, and posts are prepared to respond to public health emergencies like the coronavirus outbreak.

All volunteers from Peace Corps China were evacuated safely. Globally, no volunteers or staff have been infected.

Peace Corps will remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions until this epidemic subsides.

Fri, 07 Feb 2020 21:13:05 +0000

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Out of a Zambian village. Erica Peth click here
The Peace Corps: what do they do? SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p1120

Peace Corps volunteers work in close to 30 countries across Africa, and also in Asia, the Americas and the Caribbean. In agriculture, in education, in health.

Why do African countries need the Peace Corps: educated Americans to come to their villages to work and teach?

What happened to the small village that they needed outside help to be self-sufficient, when likely they have been self-sufficient for generations? Is it because of colonization, World Bank policies, ongoing international theft, despair? Most likely all of these.

Does the Peace Corps help the populations feed and education their young, and help lift them out of poverty? Or are all gains snatched by leaders? I am looking for stories of sustained success. Come back for more later.

Above, former members of the Peace Corps march through Philadelphia, July 04, 2011.
Peace Corps in these African Countries in 2013
Benin click here
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Burkina Faso click here,
Cameroon click here
Cape Verde
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Ethiopia click here
Gambia click here
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Guinea click here
Kenya click here
Lesotho click here
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Madagascar click here
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Mali click here

Morocco click here
Mozambique click here

Namibia click here
Niger click here
Rwanda click here
Senegal click here
South Africa click here
Swaziland click here
Tanzania click here 

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Zambia click here