Category: EPCV Information

RPCV Health Crusade’s One-Year Anniversary Milestone

RPCV Health Crusade’s One-Year Anniversary Target In 2019, a group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) came together to discuss the health needs of PCVs, RPCVs, and Peace Corps applicants. Where can the Peace Corps community do more in this area? Could there be better coordination of the efforts between RPCVs/groups with an interest or…
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Last Chance to Take the RPCV Health Survey

Last Chance for the RPCV Health Survey When we first launched the RPCV Health Survey, we were excited to visualize the health trends of service and health needs of today. Where are the areas where we can improve within our own RPCV community? And what are the challenges that requires changes at Peace Corps? And,…
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Reflections from Our EPCV Peer Support Sessions

The Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers (EPCVs) just went through a frenzied worldwide evacuation due to the covid-19 pandemic. Peace Corps sent them home to uncertainty. EPCVs had many questions but Peace Corps did not have many answers. Where could they safely stay during a pandemic? Would they get any financial assistance from the government? How…
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Evolution of the RPCV Health Crusade Support Program

The Evolution of the RPCV Health Crusade Support Program

RPCV Health Crusade was in research mode. What should we put into a support program to help with the broad health needs of PCVs and RPCVs? We began with listing support resources into the Resource Library. We thought we had plenty of time to slowly build the RPCV Health Crusade Support Program. But then, the…
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Are EPCVs Reapplying to Peace Corps Penalized for Seeking Mental Health Therapy?

A single country Peace Corps evacuation is traumatic enough. But when Peace Corps evacuates every one of the nearly 7,000 PCVs during a global pandemic and financial downslide, the impact is unimaginable. Since this has never happened in the history of Peace Corps, what are the rules? What if the evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers (EPCVs)…
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Health Resources for EPCVs

As Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers (EPCVs), you went through a whirlwind of an evacuation from your Peace Corps service country. But how can you manage your health needs? Since RPCV Health Crusade’s main focus is on health, we will focus on the health resources available to EPCVs. Obviously, there may be other non-health resources needed…
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10 Tips for Staying Mentally Resilient After the Toughest Evacuation You’ll Never Love

It is hard enough to try to be mentally resilient after a “normal” close of service but how do you find the strength to be mentally resilient after the first ever worldwide Peace Corps evacuation straight into a pandemic? So, you just landed back at your home-of-record (which might not even be the place you…
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Coping With Reverse Culture Shock

Now that you have a better understanding of what reverse culture shock is, how do you find ways of coping with reverse culture shock? After all, it is also affecting the way you interact with your family and friends. Does everything feel the same but different? How do you navigate the different thoughts that you…
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Understanding Reverse Culture Shock

Are you having trouble with understanding reverse culture shock? Is there really such a thing? How would you even know? What does that feel like? How do you recognize it? After all, you have lived in the USA for a long time. For some, you have never been out of the country before your Peace…
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10 Ways to Help Your Community During the COVID-19 Outbreak

As Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), it is difficult to stand by and do nothing when others are in need. And, growing frustrated or turning into a couch potato is not helpful to your mental health. So, RPCV Health Crusade assembled this list of different ways for you to be productive and help your community.…
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