HVO COVID-19 Update

UPDATED 7/15/2020:

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.

Based on the latest available information, HVO will not be making any assignments (in-person volunteer placements) through the end of 2020.

E-volunteering opportunities, however, 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 2021 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:

Cancelled assignment?

If you have assignment-related costs that are not reimbursable (airfare, visas, etc.), complete HVO’s Financial Contribution Form. Select the “Overseas volunteer assignment” option and input the expenses you had to pay related to the cancelled trip:

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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