Tag: Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

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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RPCV Health Crusade’s Statement on Racial Justice

RPCV Health Crusade joins the Black community in the quest for racial justice and change in the names of George Floyd, Eric Garner, Derrick Scott, Atatiana Jefferson, Muhammad Abdul Mahaymin Jr., Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Pamela Turner, Botham Jean, Laquan McDonald, Philando Castile, Jamar Clark, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Terence Crutcher, Keith Lamont Scott, Sherida…
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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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Our Resource Library Now Includes Peace Corps-Specific Health Resources

RPCV Health Crusade expands its Resource Library to include a new section for Peace Corps-Specific Health Resources. Since all Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) around the world are being evacuated, we felt they could benefit from having a set of health resources in relation to Peace Corps. But we did not want to reinvent the wheel…
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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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PCV Evacuation Around the World

A complete Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) evacuation effort is going on around the world due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier this year, Peace Corps had already evacuated PCVs from China and Mongolia. But that was when the high percentage of those infected were in China. But now, people in more than 120 countries around the…
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