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Join Our New COVID-19 Education Initiative

How will Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) step up and help combat the spread of this deadly coronavirus? RPCV Health Crusade launched a COVID-19 Education Initiative for RPCVs to work together and make a difference. We launched our COVID-19 Education Initiative by creating a new statistics section. Now we can track and visualize the number…
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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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COVID-19 Infection Map

New COVID-19 Infection Map

As Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), we typically build significant ties to our host country. So naturally, we want to know how our host country friends and family are doing during this pandemic. But it is difficult to get coronvirus statistics for different countries. And since we tend to move around or know other RPCVs…
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Donate blood

Time to Donate Blood and Plasma

The time to donate blood is now. The current blood supply is dangerously low. Blood donations have greatly dwindled. Many scheduled blood draws were cancelled due to the pandemic. You can either make a allogeneic/homologous donation where the blood goes into storage at a blood bank for transfusion to an unknown recipient. Or, you can…
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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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Community Resources as puzzle pieces in the shape of a heart

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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Blurred packed crowd to explain social distancing

How to Explain Social Distancing

How do you even begin to explain social distancing to people in other countries? Even if you did not teach English during your time in Peace Corps service, there is a good chance you had to explain certain slang and terms from English that did not translate well into your host country language. And now,…
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