Name: Kermit Krueger
U-M Affiliation: Alumni

Where do you work?

I don't work! I'm retired after 42 years as a United Methodist pastor, most of them in Chicago or its near suburbs

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

June 1963 - August 1965

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Thailand

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

Teaching English as a second language at the Teachers Training College of Mahasarakham, Thailand

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

Ajan Wisan Siwarat, the provost of the college

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

Hearing students laughing as the read in English a local folk tale. (For most it was the first time in their lives they realized they could talk and read about things from upcountry Thailand in English.

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

Drop everything, and go!

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

Your life will be forever changed

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

I learned about human diversity, and commonality, and that presumed truths may not be as universal as we're taught they are.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I wrote two books of folk stories from Northeastern Thailand using the stories I'd learned while living and working their as a PCV: "The Serpent Prince" and "The Golden Swans of Chaiyapum." THey were published by World Publishing Company in 1967 (I think it's long since been merged into Harper.

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