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Keeping former Peace Corps Volunteers informed and involved is very important to us. The topics below are drawn from our most commonly asked questions from RPCVs. We hope you find them helpful.
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The Peace Corps signed a country agreement with the Government of Rwanda in 1974 and the first group of Volunteers arrived in 1975. The agency withdrew Volunteers in 1993 due to the civil war and the program closed in 1994. In the 18 years that the Peace Corps operated in Rwanda a total of 114 Volunteers served successfully.
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==How can I get assistance with financial issues, taxes, or a copy of my Description of Service (DOS)?==
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For Readjustment Allowance questions; verification of Peace Corps service for an employer or college (verbal and/or written); copies of your Description of Service (DOS), income tax questions and W-2 forms; loan deferment, cancellation, and economic hardship certifications; and, savings bonds, contact:
  
A new country agreement was signed with the Government of Rwanda on July 18, 2008. The first new group of thirty-five Public Health trainees arrived in January 2009. They will be assigned to the Ministry of Health and the National AIDS Committee to health centers throughout the country.
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Volunteer and PSC Financial Services<br>
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800.424.8580, ext. 1770, or<br>
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202.692.1770 <br>
  
Some Volunteers will be assigned to work on HIV/AIDS prevention programs, funded by the President's Emergency Program For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and administered by the National Committee to Fight against AIDS. Other Volunteers will be assigned to the Ministry of Health. In addition to efforts to prevent AIDS, all of the Volunteers will work on issues such as nutrition, malaria prevention, vaccinations and income generation.
 
  
==Peace Corps History==
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==Where can I get assistance with Early Termination (ET) issues?==  
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For ET consultation/personal counseling, or if you wish to ET while in the United States on home leave or emergency leave, contact:
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Rwanda]]''
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Office of Special Services<br>
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800.424.8580, ext. 1470 or <br>
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202.692.1470 <br>
  
The first group of Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Rwanda
 
in 1975. Programming started with three Volunteers working
 
in university education, and later expanded into fisheries and
 
agriculture. However, due to a limited number of requests
 
for Volunteers from the government of Rwanda, Peace Corps
 
withdrew its permanent staff and the small program was
 
managed with the help of the U.S. Embassy.
 
  
In 1985 and 1986, program assessments indicated that there
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==Where can I get assistance with medical issues?==
was potential for expansion of the Peace Corps program,
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If within the first six months of your COS you are having a particularly difficult time with your re-entry adjustment and feel you need a medical evaluation, contact the Office of Medical Services to discuss your situation with a medical professional.  
particularly in areas of forestry and cooperative extension.
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With growth in mind, Peace Corps sent a permanent
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representative to Rwanda in 1987. In 1988, an associate
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Peace Corps director was added to enhance programming.
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In addition to the original programs in university education,
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agriculture, and fisheries, Peace Corps/Rwanda began new
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initiatives in conservation and health. However, in February
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1993, severe political instability in Rwanda led to the
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evacuation of all Volunteers. The office eventually closed in
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April 1994. All records were burned by the U.S. Embassy,
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leaving very little documentation of Peace Corps’ operations
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there.
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On July 15, 2007, an assessment team traveled to Rwanda to
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For general medical issues, contact the Office of Medical Services.  
explore the viability of re-establishing Peace Corps operations.
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This was the first assessment team to visit the country since
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the program closed in 1994. From the initial meetings it became
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clear that both the community and the current government of
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Rwanda are eager to welcome Peace Corps back to the country.
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On July 18, 2008, U.S. Ambassador Michael Arietti and Secretary
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Office of Medical Services<br>
General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of
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800.424.8580, ext. 1500 or 202.692.1500<br>
Rwanda Amandin Rugira signed an agreement officially reestablishing
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Learn more about general RPCV health benefits.<br>
the U.S. Peace Corps program in Rwanda.
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==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
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To obtain copies of your medical records, contact:<br>
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Medical Records Department<br>
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800.424.8580, ext. 1553 or 202.692.1553 <br>
  
''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Rwanda]]''
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For Medical billing/reimbursement, contact:<br>
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Health Benefit Program<br>
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800.544.1802 <br>
  
As a Volunteer, you will most likely live in a small town or rural community, and not have access to indoor plumbing or electricity. Expect to use lamps and candles for lighting and to cook using a single-burner kerosene stove, wood, or charcoal.
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For RPCVs with medical problems resulting from their Peace Corps service, requests for authorization of evaluation or further diagnostic work-up of service-related conditions; authorization for treatment after diagnosis of injury or illness incurred while a PCV or other illness or disability issues related to your Peace Corps service contact:
  
The standards and conditions of Volunteer housing vary widely, from mud houses with thatched roofs to very modern cement houses with running water and electricity. The type of house you have will depend on your project, the area of the country to which you are posted, and the types of houses available in the community. You may also be required to share housing with other staff or to live in a room behind a shop at a market center. You can expect to have, at the very least, a room to call your own. The decision as to whether housing standards are “acceptable” lies with the Peace Corps staff. When it comes to your housing, you should not lose sight of the guiding goal of the Peace Corps. Maintain your focus on service to the people of Rwanda and not on the level of your accommodations.  
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Post Service Unit<br>
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800.424.8580, ext. 1540 or 202.692.1540 <br>
  
==Training==
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For Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) claims or Re-entry difficulty, contact:
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Office of Medical Services 800.424.8580, ext. 1500, or 202.692.1500.
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Additional information is available from the FECA Benefits page on this site.
  
''Main article: [[Training in Rwanda]]''
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Sometimes RPCVs encounter problems in obtaining assistance from the Office of Medical Services or the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).  OWCP is an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor and is responsible for administering the FECA program.  An RPCV group has been formed to help RPCVs secure health care and other benefits that they are legally entitled to (see OWCP Yahoo! Group in the external links section, below).
  
The most important function of Peace Corps staff is to provide support for Volunteers. Support does not imply daily supervision of Volunteers’ work, nor does it imply assuming parental roles. Volunteer support implies an ongoing interaction between Volunteers and all Peace Corps staff regarding how you handle such matters as your overall adjustment to the Peace Corps, your job assignment, and your community. Your Peace Corps staff is responsible for making regular visits to your site to assist you in any way possible in your orientation in-country.
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==How can I change my address?==
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Use our online form or send an e-mail to: rpcvupdate@peacecorps.gov
  
Training will be busy for everyone. Often you will work over eight hours a day, five or six days a week. Be prepared for a rigorous, full schedule. The principal objectives of training are to provide a learning environment that enables you to develop the language (Kinyarwanda), technical and cultural skills, knowledge, and attitude necessary to work and live in Rwanda.
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You may also send your information via regular mail. Include your name, address, social security number, country, and years of service to:
  
Your training will be a mixture of classroom instruction and training in the community, where you will learn by doing and then reflect on your experiences during formal sessions. You will spend time in the field, completing hands-on, practical tasks and participating in group discussions, lectures, and field trips. Each week you will spend time discussing what you learned the previous week, preparing for the next work week, and attending essential cross-cultural, health, administrative, and integration sessions.
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RPCV Database Manager<br>
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Peace Corps Domestic Programs<br>
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1111 20th Street NW<br>
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Washington, DC 20526<br>
  
Previous training were conducted using a center-based model. Recently, however, the training site was moved to just south of Kigali and is now conducted using a community based (CBT) model, where Volunteers live and learn primarily with host families.
 
  
Most of the training staff will be Rwandan nationals.
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==How can I find an RPCV?==
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Peace Corps no longer has resources available for contacting returned volunteers; however, there are a number of search resources available on the Web including Yahoo People Search and Google.  The [http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org National Peace Corps Association] maintains a "Seeking" area on its website under the News section.  Also, every five years NPCA publishes a directory of RPCVs and former staff.
  
==Health Care and Safety==
 
  
''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Rwanda]]''
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==How can I locate the RPCV group nearest me?==
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Contact the National Peace Corps Association via their website ([http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org www.peacecorpsconnect.org]) or call them at 202.293.7728.  '''First year of membership is free to recently returned volunteers.
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'''
  
The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Rwanda maintains qualified staff to take care of Volunteers’ primary health care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Rwanda at local, and equivalent American-standard hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an equivalent of American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.
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==How can I stay connected to the Peace Corps? ==
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There are many ways to stay connected. Visit our Stay Connected section or select from the following list:
  
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
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* Assist with recruiting potential Volunteers.
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* Help RPCVs with their career and life transition back to the United States by agreeing to be listed in the Career Information Consultants Guide.
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* Participate as a Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools speaker.
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* Share your experience during Peace Corps Week.
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* Become a Crisis Corps Volunteer.
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* Submit a story for the Peace Corps Web site.
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* Let Peace Corps help pay for graduate school. Learn more about the Peace Corps Fellows Program.
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* Join the [http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org National Peace Corps Association] and get involved with one of its 140 geographic or country of service affiliate groups.  '''First year of membership is free to newly returned volunteers.''' 
  
''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Rwanda]]''
 
  
In fulfilling the Peace Corps’ mandate to share the face of America with our host countries, we are making special efforts to see that all of America’s richness is reflected in the Volunteer corps. More Americans of color are serving in today’s Peace Corps than at any time in recent years. Differences in race, ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation are expected and welcomed among our Volunteers. Part of the Peace Corps’ mission is to help dispel any notion that Americans are all of one origin or race and to establish that each of us is as thoroughly American as the other despite our many differences.
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==Where can I order Returned Volunteer Services publications? ==
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RVS publishes a series of career manuals. These are available free of charge to all RPCVs, but can only be mailed to addresses in the United States. Most are now available online. Learn more.
  
Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal. In other ways, however, it poses challenges. In Rwanda, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyles, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed.
 
  
* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
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==How do I apply for employment with the Peace Corps? ==
* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
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Visit our Jobs section for a comprehensive look at working at the Peace Corps, plus listings for open positions at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as regional, overseas, and short-term jobs.
* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
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* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
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==Frequently Asked Questions==
 
  
''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Rwanda]]''
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==Campus Recruiting Positions==
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The Peace Corps occasionally places Peace Corps campus coordinators/graduate assistants ("strategy contractors") at certain colleges and universities that are good sources for potential Volunteers.
  
* How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to Rwanda?
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Strategy contractors are returned Volunteers who work half-time on campus as Peace Corps recruiters while pursuing degrees. The recruiter is actually employed by the university which has been awarded a contract by the Peace Corps for recruitment activities.
* What is the electric current in Rwanda?
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* How much money should I bring?
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* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
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* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
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* Do I need an international driver’s license?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Rwandan friends and my host family?
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* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
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* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
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* Can I call home from Rwanda?
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* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
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* Will there be email and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
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==Packing List==
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If you plan to attend school, you might contact the local Peace Corps office responsible for the state in which your school is located to inquire about these positions.
  
''Main article: [[Packing list for Rwanda]]''
 
  
This list has been compiled by Volunteers and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that each experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Rwanda.
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==Temporary and Short-Term Positions==
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RPCVs can inquire about current temporary openings by contacting the specific office that interests them, or by visiting the RVS career center at the Regional Recruitment Office in Rosslyn, Virginia, where these openings are sometimes posted. You may also inform any office of your availability in the event that the office has an upcoming temporary need.
  
==Peace Corps News==
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For short-term jobs or consulting, the Short Term Assistance Unit (STAU) of the Peace Corps provides trainers for Pre-Service Trainings when requested by a Peace Corps overseas post. To identify trainers, the STAU maintains a database of potential short-term contractors and actively recruits new candidates. Learn more about STAU.
  
Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
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To submit your résumé or federal application by mail, send it to:
  
''The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.''<br><rss title=on desc=off>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&scoring=n&q=%22peace+corps%22+%22rwanda%22&output=rss|charset=UTF-8|short|date=M d</rss>
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Short-Term Assistance Unit<br>
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of the Center for Field Assistance<br>
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and Applied Research<br>
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Paul D. Coverdell<br>
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Peace Corps Headquarters<br>
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1111 20th Street, NW<br>
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Washington, DC 20526<br>
  
<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/rw/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
 
  
==Country Fund==
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==Associate Peace Corps Director (APCD) Jobs==
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Competitive APCD candidates usually will have position-specific education, several years of managerial experience, technical skills, and cross-cultural language skills. Check the Peace Corps Employment Center for current APCD openings.
  
Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=696-CFD Rwanda Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Rwanda. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
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Or, send a federal application or résumé to:
  
==See also==
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Paul D. Coverdell<br>
* [[Volunteers who served in Rwanda]]
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Peace Corps Headquarters<br>
* [[The Friends of Burundi and Rwanda]]
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Overseas Staff Recruitment<br>
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1111 20th Street, NW<br>
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Washington, DC 20526 <br>
  
==External links==
 
* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/rw.html Peace Corps Journals - Rwanda]
 
  
[[Category:Rwanda]] [[Category:Africa]]
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==What is a GS level? Where do I rank? ==
[[Category:Country]]
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The Peace Corps uses a Foreign Service (FP) system rather than the GS hiring system used at many government agencies. The majority of recently Returned Volunteers may qualify for positions at the GS-5, GS-7, or GS-9 levels. This will of course depend on the amount of relevant experience and the education level of the applicant.
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For more information about the federal government's GS system, see the RPCV Benefits section.
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==What is non-competitive eligibility? ==
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Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) is a special mechanism through which RPCVs can be appointed to federal GS positions without competing with the general public in order to be hired.
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What this means is federal agencies are permitted to hire a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer without posting a vacancy announcement, interviewing candidates or going through the other steps that often cause the hiring process to idle. This does not mean Returned Volunteers are entitled to federal employment. Also, state and local agencies fall under separate laws and do not have the NCE benefit.
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RPCVs may provide a non-competitive eligibility letter (PDF) to prospective federal employers explaining their non-competitive eligibility.
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Noncompetitive eligibility can be used at expected service agencies. USAJobs.gov lists these expected service agencies here:
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http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/exceptedservice.asp#icc
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For more information about the federal government's GS system, see the RPCV Benefits section.
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==What is an SF-50? Do I have a performance appraisal from the Peace Corps that I can use in the federal hiring process? ==
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Federal employers sometimes ask RPCV applicants for a copy of their SF-50s. This form is called a "Notification of Personnel Action." As a PCV/RPCV, you did/do not have an SF-50.
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You may use a copy of your Description of Service (DOS), instead, as a formal description of your Peace Corps work. The DOS is a factual account of your service. It does not evaluate your work as a PCV.
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Most federal job applications ask for a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. Try to get a general letter of recommendation that gives an account of your work habits and character, from an overseas Peace Corps staff member familiar with your work.
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It is advisable to get a letter of recommendation before you leave or shortly after you return from overseas. The longer the time since you left service, the more difficult it is to get such letters. This letter can be used in lieu of a performance appraisal.
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==What if I have other questions about services for former Volunteers? ==
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Refer to the Career Resource Manual presented to you at your COS conference, or contact Returned Volunteer Services: rvs@peacecorps.gov
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==External Links==
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[http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org National Peace Corps Association] a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization connecting, informing and engaging returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), former Peace Corps staff and friends of Peace Corps committed to fostering peace through service, education and advocacy.
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[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.former.formervolfaq Returned Volunteers FAQs] Official US Peace Corps Website
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[http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/owcp OWCP Yahoo! Group] An Online Community of RPCVs that Advocates for Better Post-Service Health Care from Peace Corps and the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.
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[[Category:resources]]

Latest revision as of 07:56, 21 May 2014

Keeping former Peace Corps Volunteers informed and involved is very important to us. The topics below are drawn from our most commonly asked questions from RPCVs. We hope you find them helpful.

How can I get assistance with financial issues, taxes, or a copy of my Description of Service (DOS)?[edit]

For Readjustment Allowance questions; verification of Peace Corps service for an employer or college (verbal and/or written); copies of your Description of Service (DOS), income tax questions and W-2 forms; loan deferment, cancellation, and economic hardship certifications; and, savings bonds, contact:

Volunteer and PSC Financial Services
800.424.8580, ext. 1770, or
202.692.1770


Where can I get assistance with Early Termination (ET) issues?[edit]

For ET consultation/personal counseling, or if you wish to ET while in the United States on home leave or emergency leave, contact:

Office of Special Services
800.424.8580, ext. 1470 or
202.692.1470


Where can I get assistance with medical issues?[edit]

If within the first six months of your COS you are having a particularly difficult time with your re-entry adjustment and feel you need a medical evaluation, contact the Office of Medical Services to discuss your situation with a medical professional.

For general medical issues, contact the Office of Medical Services.

Office of Medical Services
800.424.8580, ext. 1500 or 202.692.1500
Learn more about general RPCV health benefits.

To obtain copies of your medical records, contact:
Medical Records Department
800.424.8580, ext. 1553 or 202.692.1553

For Medical billing/reimbursement, contact:
Health Benefit Program
800.544.1802

For RPCVs with medical problems resulting from their Peace Corps service, requests for authorization of evaluation or further diagnostic work-up of service-related conditions; authorization for treatment after diagnosis of injury or illness incurred while a PCV or other illness or disability issues related to your Peace Corps service contact:

Post Service Unit
800.424.8580, ext. 1540 or 202.692.1540

For Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) claims or Re-entry difficulty, contact: Office of Medical Services 800.424.8580, ext. 1500, or 202.692.1500. Additional information is available from the FECA Benefits page on this site.

Sometimes RPCVs encounter problems in obtaining assistance from the Office of Medical Services or the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP). OWCP is an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor and is responsible for administering the FECA program. An RPCV group has been formed to help RPCVs secure health care and other benefits that they are legally entitled to (see OWCP Yahoo! Group in the external links section, below).

How can I change my address?[edit]

Use our online form or send an e-mail to: rpcvupdate@peacecorps.gov

You may also send your information via regular mail. Include your name, address, social security number, country, and years of service to:

RPCV Database Manager
Peace Corps Domestic Programs
1111 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20526


How can I find an RPCV?[edit]

Peace Corps no longer has resources available for contacting returned volunteers; however, there are a number of search resources available on the Web including Yahoo People Search and Google. The National Peace Corps Association maintains a "Seeking" area on its website under the News section. Also, every five years NPCA publishes a directory of RPCVs and former staff.


How can I locate the RPCV group nearest me?[edit]

Contact the National Peace Corps Association via their website (www.peacecorpsconnect.org) or call them at 202.293.7728. First year of membership is free to recently returned volunteers.

How can I stay connected to the Peace Corps?[edit]

There are many ways to stay connected. Visit our Stay Connected section or select from the following list:

  • Assist with recruiting potential Volunteers.
  • Help RPCVs with their career and life transition back to the United States by agreeing to be listed in the Career Information Consultants Guide.
  • Participate as a Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools speaker.
  • Share your experience during Peace Corps Week.
  • Become a Crisis Corps Volunteer.
  • Submit a story for the Peace Corps Web site.
  • Let Peace Corps help pay for graduate school. Learn more about the Peace Corps Fellows Program.
  • Join the National Peace Corps Association and get involved with one of its 140 geographic or country of service affiliate groups. First year of membership is free to newly returned volunteers.


Where can I order Returned Volunteer Services publications?[edit]

RVS publishes a series of career manuals. These are available free of charge to all RPCVs, but can only be mailed to addresses in the United States. Most are now available online. Learn more.


How do I apply for employment with the Peace Corps?[edit]

Visit our Jobs section for a comprehensive look at working at the Peace Corps, plus listings for open positions at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as regional, overseas, and short-term jobs.


Campus Recruiting Positions[edit]

The Peace Corps occasionally places Peace Corps campus coordinators/graduate assistants ("strategy contractors") at certain colleges and universities that are good sources for potential Volunteers.

Strategy contractors are returned Volunteers who work half-time on campus as Peace Corps recruiters while pursuing degrees. The recruiter is actually employed by the university which has been awarded a contract by the Peace Corps for recruitment activities.

If you plan to attend school, you might contact the local Peace Corps office responsible for the state in which your school is located to inquire about these positions.


Temporary and Short-Term Positions[edit]

RPCVs can inquire about current temporary openings by contacting the specific office that interests them, or by visiting the RVS career center at the Regional Recruitment Office in Rosslyn, Virginia, where these openings are sometimes posted. You may also inform any office of your availability in the event that the office has an upcoming temporary need.

For short-term jobs or consulting, the Short Term Assistance Unit (STAU) of the Peace Corps provides trainers for Pre-Service Trainings when requested by a Peace Corps overseas post. To identify trainers, the STAU maintains a database of potential short-term contractors and actively recruits new candidates. Learn more about STAU.

To submit your résumé or federal application by mail, send it to:

Short-Term Assistance Unit
of the Center for Field Assistance
and Applied Research
Paul D. Coverdell
Peace Corps Headquarters
1111 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20526


Associate Peace Corps Director (APCD) Jobs[edit]

Competitive APCD candidates usually will have position-specific education, several years of managerial experience, technical skills, and cross-cultural language skills. Check the Peace Corps Employment Center for current APCD openings.

Or, send a federal application or résumé to:

Paul D. Coverdell
Peace Corps Headquarters
Overseas Staff Recruitment
1111 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20526


What is a GS level? Where do I rank?[edit]

The Peace Corps uses a Foreign Service (FP) system rather than the GS hiring system used at many government agencies. The majority of recently Returned Volunteers may qualify for positions at the GS-5, GS-7, or GS-9 levels. This will of course depend on the amount of relevant experience and the education level of the applicant.

For more information about the federal government's GS system, see the RPCV Benefits section.


What is non-competitive eligibility?[edit]

Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) is a special mechanism through which RPCVs can be appointed to federal GS positions without competing with the general public in order to be hired.

What this means is federal agencies are permitted to hire a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer without posting a vacancy announcement, interviewing candidates or going through the other steps that often cause the hiring process to idle. This does not mean Returned Volunteers are entitled to federal employment. Also, state and local agencies fall under separate laws and do not have the NCE benefit.

RPCVs may provide a non-competitive eligibility letter (PDF) to prospective federal employers explaining their non-competitive eligibility.

Noncompetitive eligibility can be used at expected service agencies. USAJobs.gov lists these expected service agencies here:

http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/exceptedservice.asp#icc

For more information about the federal government's GS system, see the RPCV Benefits section.

What is an SF-50? Do I have a performance appraisal from the Peace Corps that I can use in the federal hiring process?[edit]

Federal employers sometimes ask RPCV applicants for a copy of their SF-50s. This form is called a "Notification of Personnel Action." As a PCV/RPCV, you did/do not have an SF-50.

You may use a copy of your Description of Service (DOS), instead, as a formal description of your Peace Corps work. The DOS is a factual account of your service. It does not evaluate your work as a PCV.

Most federal job applications ask for a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. Try to get a general letter of recommendation that gives an account of your work habits and character, from an overseas Peace Corps staff member familiar with your work.

It is advisable to get a letter of recommendation before you leave or shortly after you return from overseas. The longer the time since you left service, the more difficult it is to get such letters. This letter can be used in lieu of a performance appraisal.


What if I have other questions about services for former Volunteers?[edit]

Refer to the Career Resource Manual presented to you at your COS conference, or contact Returned Volunteer Services: rvs@peacecorps.gov

External Links[edit]

National Peace Corps Association a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization connecting, informing and engaging returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), former Peace Corps staff and friends of Peace Corps committed to fostering peace through service, education and advocacy.

Returned Volunteers FAQs Official US Peace Corps Website

OWCP Yahoo! Group An Online Community of RPCVs that Advocates for Better Post-Service Health Care from Peace Corps and the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.