On March 15, 2020, the United States Peace Corps announced it would temporarily suspend Volunteer operations worldwide and begin evacuating Peace Corps Volunteers from all posts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oral History team, in partnership with the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, is seeking evacuees who wish to share their experience in order to document this unprecedented moment in the history of the Peace Corps and the world.
If you are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, or Peace Corps staff member, who was evacuated due to COVID-19, and you would like to share the story about your service and evacuation, then please complete an interview request by clicking the survey button link below and the Oral History team will be in touch with you to schedule an online interview with one of our experienced Returned Peace Corps Volunteer interviewers.
Interviews will cover the Volunteer’s motivation to join the Peace Corps, the on-boarding process, experiences during service, the evacuation, current activities and reflections on the entire experience. The length of interview is up to the interviewee, who is free to discuss what is important to them. However, interviews typically take over an hour.
The interviews will be recorded online using video conferencing technology. Interviews will be scheduled between late June and November 2020. The collection of completed interviews will be launched for Peace Corps’ 60th anniversary in 2021 and made easily available to researchers and the general public through a free online public archive at the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in late 2020.