Name: Eileen Oehler
U-M Affiliation: Alumni

Where do you work?


When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

1986-88 after early retirement

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Thailand TEFL University

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

Teaching English, oral, analytical and critical reading, graduate class for Thai teachers of English at the university

Is there a specific person (or persons) who made a strong impression on you during that time?

The king seemed a good leader for Thailand, tried to lead a kind of agricultural extension program

What was one of the most memorable moments you had as a volunteer?

A flood through which we waded when a bus ended its run in the middle of a route, perhaps

In what ways did your Peace Corps experience affect your life and/or career decisions?

Had already retired, as had 5 or 6 in our group

In what ways did your U-M education, both inside and outside the classroom, prepare you for your Peace Corps experience?

M.A. in English must have been helpful: I was able to design my own courses except for oral English for undergrads

What advice would you give to others who are contemplating going into the Peace Corps?

Our group had talented young people who were well able to cope, adjust, and learn the language

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

General perspective on the world, other cultures, as second experience in living abroad, first being as Air Force civilian in England, 1951-53

What lessons did you learn in the Peace Corps that you carry with you today?

Basic human similarity among all people

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