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Charlie Jasper ( -
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 5:13 pm:   

I have heard that the medical screening process is very difficult--I have a friend that did not pass because of his eyesight, and another could not go until he got his wisdom teeth out, even though they had not yet come in. Can anyone tell me if these are common problems for applicants which would result in not being offered a position? Also, does anyone know for certain if the urine sample given during the urology test is screened for drugs? It is possible that I could test positive for THC.
Anonymous ( -
Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 10:18 pm:   

The medical process is tedious and long but it seems like most physical issues are not showstoppers.
It is true that PC Washington is very particular about dental. I went to the dentist 3 times before PC was satisfied. You also have to own two pairs of eyeglasses, which is a good idea. I broke each of mine twice, while I was serving. Its better for everyone if the volunteer is physically fit, but i also know some volunteers that have a hard time getting around and the PC country office does their best to accommodate them.
I forget about the drug test. I dont think they are as strict about past usage. They are strict about using while your serving and if caught it is cause for dismissal.
Anonymous ( -
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 2:12 am:   

I'm wondering if anyone can tell me about their experience with disclosing on the health application that they have been to individual counseling. If you checked "yes" to the box about receiving counseling, what sort of follow-up forms did you receive from Peace Corps, and was it then difficult to get through the application process? Personally, I think that having gone to therapy means that am self-reflective and seek growth and change, but I am really worried about checking that box; I don't want it to hurt my chances of getting accepted.
Anonymous ( -
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 10:38 am:   

Many PCVs who have received counseling prior to service and in-service have been accepted and served very successfully. Just be honest and explain when asked during medical exams. The medical office has seen many such applicantions.
Anonymous ( -
Posted on Sunday, January 07, 2007 - 10:53 pm:   

Is the drug screening process for applicants they only screen your urine or is there a blood test and/or hair follicle screening?
Anonymous ( -
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 9:26 am:   

What would happen if I got into the Peace Corps and while I am in my country I were to get a serious illness (say cancer or something). Would there be any health care coverage for me to get treatment back in the States?
CarmenBailey ( -
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 5:36 pm:   

Hello Insight. Good Idea... checking out the
possibilities. Last I heard, there was not the
slightest chance that you or anybody else would
be paid a cent for promised medical bills. But
Peace Corps Online appeared and provided a Voice for such injustices, illegalities, and lies and progress has been made. I don't know what that progress is as I am unable to contact PCOL for dialog on the subject, nor legislators in the entire state of Texas. However, a number of
stories about [lack of ] treatment for some
who survived gross illness and incidents are in the PCOL Library along with mine under Malaria, chapters six and seven, but The Big chapters have a few documents. What I have learned in the aftermath of a 21 year span of looking for a decent person in government,is the number of those who slander, lie, yell, continuously crank out ancient rules. I hear they are a crosscut of our Fellow Person in America.
We need to do Peace Corps work at home.

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