After committing to working in developing countries for 27 months, Peace Corps volunteers have found themselves back in the U.S. much sooner than expected.

The federal government program recalled more than 7,000 volunteers from more than 60 countries as coronavirus spread across the globe. Those returning to New York are looking for work and housing in America’s COVID-19 epicenter.

“I’d like to say it’s good to be back, but that would be a lie,” says Lex Brode, 21, who was evacuated from Zambia two weeks ago.