Interview with Ellis Owens, September 9, 2020

Project: Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Ellis Owens served as a Peace Corps volunteer in an agriculture/forestry program in Senegal from September 2019 until he was evacuated in March 2020 because of the pandemic. He discusses his work helping farmers increase their crop yield, his close relationship with his host father, and the evacuation experience. He also talks about local people’s expectations of him as an African-American, especially regarding his language skills, and that he hopes that a person of color with some authority in the community, he was a role model for local youth. He suggests that Peace Corps could do a better job in recruiting diverse volunteers and staff and that country directors should be RPCVs so that volunteers feel that their perspectives are being heard.

Interview Accession

2020oh0418_pcev0050

Interviewee Name

Ellis Owens

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-09-09

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Owens, Ellis Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 09 Sep. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Owens, E. (2020, September 09). Interview by E. Ganzglass. Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Owens, Ellis, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. September 09, 2020, Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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