HVO COVID-19 Update

Health Volunteers Overseas continues to monitor the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our guidance concerning project suspensions is based on host country government policies, as well as advisories from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US State Department and the World Health Organization. In addition, there are issues that must be considered related to obtaining visas and making international travel arrangements that severely impact travel.

HVO on-site assignments currently remain suspended, but discussions are underway about reopening.

E-volunteering opportunities are expanding across HVO sites. Please contact an HVO Volunteer Placement Coordinator about our e-learning activities. Click here to see a list of staff and their emails.

We continue to recruit and schedule volunteers for 2022 and will reassess the opening of each individual project based on host country policies and preferences, as well as public health guidance.

If you have specific questions, concerns, or training/mentoring needs related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please send them to You can find a list of trusted COVID-19 resources on our Outreach & Resources page and read our latest news on reopening here.

Can I talk to someone at HVO about this?

Absolutely! We are always here as a resource for you, feel free to call us (202-296-0928) or email (

Where can I find more information about the coronavirus?

For more information, we suggest the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. They are some of the best online resources that are updated regularly.

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