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Peace Corps Rwanda Welcome Book - March 2013

Peace Corps Rwanda Welcome Book - March 2013

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Peace Corps Rwanda Welcome Book - March 2013


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Peace Corps Rwanda Welcome Book - March 2013


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More detailed information about the Peace Corps’ approach to safety
is contained in the “Health Care and Safety” chapter, but it is an
important issue and cannot be overemphasized. As stated in the
Volunteer Handbook, becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer entails
certain safety risks. Living and traveling in an unfamiliar
environment (oftentimes alone), having a limited understanding of
local language and culture, and being perceived as well-off are some
of the factors that can put a Volunteer at risk. Many Volunteers
experience varying degrees of unwanted attention and harassment.
Petty thefts and burglaries are not uncommon, and incidents of
physical and sexual assault do occur, although most Rwandan
Volunteers complete their two years of service without incident. The
Peace Corps has established procedures and policies designed to help
you reduce your risks and enhance your safety and security. These
procedures and policies, in addition to safety training, will be
provided once you arrive in Rwanda. Using these tools, you are
expected to take responsibility for your safety and well-being. Each
staff member at the Peace Corps is committed to providing
Volunteers with the support they need to successfully meet the
challenges they will face to have a safe, healthy, and productive
service. The Peace Corps encourages Volunteers and families to look
at the safety and security information on its website at

www.peacecorps.gov/safety.

Information on these pages gives messages on Volunteer health and
safety. There is a section titled “Safety and Security—Our
Partnership.” Among topics addressed are the risks of serving as a

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Volunteer, posts’ safety support systems, and emergency planning
and communications.

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