Category: Program – Support

Navigating Peace Corps Service Without Running Water

In the USA, indoor plumbing is pretty standard. We can expect hot and cold running water 24/7. But that is a luxury that some Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) do not have. However, it is not all or nothing with running water during your Peace Corps service. Be prepared for a variety of potential water scenarios.…
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Can You Donate Medication?

First, gather all the unused prescription medication that you no longer need. Second, check the label to determine what you should do with it. Do you have to dispose it? Or, can you donate that medication? If that medication has expired or was not correctly stored, it needs to be properly disposed. If the medication…
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Make Your Health a Priority in 2023

Many of us start the year with good intentions. We want to make positive changes. Some of those changes often include making health a priority. Every year, many of us make all sorts of new year resolutions. But are those resolutions achievable or are they too lofty? Do we forget after a few weeks? Did…
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Let’s Practice Self-Care During Service and Beyond

As Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), we get so focused on our work and on helping others that we sometimes forget about taking care of ourselves. But it is important to practice self-care too. We all need to show ourselves some TLC so that we can be at our best for others. In a nutshell, self-care…
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What Does Losing Legalized Abortions Mean?

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade created a firestorm of controversy. The loss of legalized abortions directly impacts the health and welfare of so many people directly or indirectly. Did the short-sighted decision to deny legal right to abortions puts the entire country in jeopardy? RPCV Health Crusade dissected what losing individual…
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RPCV Health Crusade Grows Its Collection of Covid-19 Information

Even though some entities have relaxed their rules about Covid-19, it is still here. People are still infecting others with it. Some people are still getting hospitalized for it. And unfortunately, people are still dying from it. RPCV Health Crusade could not locate the key Covid-19 information cleanly organized on one website. We found information…
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RPCV Trauma Survivors Need Our Understanding and Support

Many Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) recall amazing experiences during their time in their Peace Corps host country. Living with a host family provided comfort and support. Interactions with Host Country Nationals (HCNs) were positive and productive. Unfortunately, some PCVs experience traumatic events and situations while in country. And, what happens after that event could…
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RPCV Survivor Peer Support Now Available

The USA Today investigation about PCVs getting assaulted during service was another wake up call for the Peace Corps community. Sadly, these were not the first stories of assaults on Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs). But we hope that Peace Corps makes the effort during this reset window to ensure those are the last stories. Unfortunately,…
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Should We Build an RPCV Provider Directory?

Studies have shown that patients receive better care from providers in the same racial group. Would the same be true for RPCVs? Could RPCVs get more applicable diagnoses and treatment paths when treated by RPCVs? Would RPCVs have a better understanding of the types of challenges, conditions, and situations that RPCVs experience? We believe so.…
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Stop Asian Hate and Start the Inclusion

RPCV Health Crusade supports, admires, and recognizes the Asian communities as vital and valued Americans and Peace Corps community members. We emphatically denounce hate and attacks in all forms against Asian Americans and all other racial groups. It is long past time to Stop Asian Hate. Asian Americans are Americans! The vicious attacks, murders, scapegoating,…
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