|U-M Affiliation:||Alumni, Staff|
Where do you work?
I work in the Special Collections Library located in the Hatcher Graduate Library.
When did you serve in the Peace Corps?
I served in the Peace Corps 1964-1966.
Where did you serve (which country/countries)?
I served in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?
I taught French, English, and History at the Kenema Government Secondary School.
Is there a specific person (or persons) who made a strong impression on you during that time?
The person who made a strong impression on me was my first year roommate, Marcia Watkins, who had already taught there for a year. She was a dedicated teacher, a generous friend, and always a delightful companion.
What was one of the most memorable moments you had as a volunteer?
I remember attending a school dance one Saturday evening with some of my fellow volunteers and realizing how happy the students were that we had joined them.
In what ways did your Peace Corps experience affect your life and/or career decisions?
My Peace Corps experience gave me an appreciation for getting to know people of other cultures and looking for ways to help make their lives better.
What advice would you give to others who are contemplating going into the Peace Corps?
Be open to becoming a volunteer because you will receive so much more than you give.
What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?
Interacting with people from another culture in their own homeland is a joyous, learning experience.
What lessons did you learn in the Peace Corps that you carry with you today?
Being in the Peace Corps made me appreciate how much we can learn from one another.