Each person’s Peace Corps story is unique and valuable to help us understand who we are as individuals and how our individual experiences are integral parts of the 60-year Peace Corps legacy. The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Archives Project (OHAP), an NPCA affiliate, preserves the Peace Corps experience by conducting in-depth oral history interviews of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers (EPCVs), Peace Corps staff and host country counterparts. RPCV interviews follow each person’s path, including their motivation to join the Peace Corps, what on-boarding and training was like, what they did during their Peace Corps service, what their cultural-cultural experiences were, and their reflections on the impact Peace Corps service had on them, the communities in which they served, and increasing Americans’ understanding of the world.
Visit the OHAP website for more information and sign up here if you’d like to be interviewed by a trained RPCV interviewer using Zoom. Interviews usually take between 1 and 2 hours. Interviews are archived at the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and made easily accessible to researchers and others worldwide.
Please contact Evelyn Ganzglass email@example.com if you have any questions or are interested in supporting the project in other ways.
Evelyn Ganzglass (Somalia 1966-68) is coordinator of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Archives Project, a Board Director of NPCA and a member of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Marty, served in Somalia 1966-68. Evelyn retired in 2018 after a 40 -year career in domestic and international workforce development policy and practice. She lives in Washington, D.C. where she volunteers as co-director of an Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Initiative in Montgomery County that is assisting Afghan refugee families.