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Peace Corps Vanuatu Welcome Book | April 2010

Peace Corps Vanuatu Welcome Book | April 2010

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Peace Corps Vanuatu Welcome Book
Peace Corps Vanuatu Welcome Book

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Published by: Accessible Journal Media Peace Corps Docs on Jun 14, 2010
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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 Vanuatu Volunteers complete their two years of service without personal security incidents. 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 Vanuatu. At
the same time, 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. We encourage
Volunteers and families to look at our safety and security information on the Peace Corps website at

Information on these pages gives messages on Volunteer health and Volunteer safety. There is a section titled “Safety
and Security in Depth.” This page lists such topics as the risks of serving as a Volunteer, posts’ safety support
systems, and emergency planning and communications.

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