Is the Peace Corps still an option during the coronavirus pandemic?

As you may have heard, a couple of weeks ago out of extreme caution the Peace Corps decided to temporarily suspend all volunteer programs overseas so that we can ensure the safety and security of those serving. We are proud that the agency has safely evacuated the over 7,300 volunteers serving around the world. We have every intention of going back to these countries and reinstating volunteers as soon as it is safe to do so. Please see https://www.peacecorps.gov/coronavirus/ for continued updates of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For those students that are still interested in applying to the Peace Corps, please let them know that it’s currently business as usual. We are still accepting applications for programs slated to begin next year, and our agency is staffed to facilitate this. If there are any invitees at your school, continue to encourage them to complete their pre-departure tasks and to contact me or their Placement Officer if they have any questions.

Finally, if you are interested in doing any online/virtual events (info sessions, application workshops, career fairs), please let me know, and I’d be happy to connect with your students in that fashion. We also have a good selection of online events coming up in the near future.

Again, thank you for all your support and hard work during this difficult time. We will get through this together, and I’m looking forward to hopefully being back on campus this fall.

Sierra R. Plato
(she/her/hers)
Regional Recruiter- Charlotte, NC
Phone: 704.733.0647
Returned Volunteer, Costa Rica

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