Interview with Donald Yates, October 22, 2020

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Donald Yates served as a Peace Corps volunteer in an Education and Community Development program in the Philippines from 1962-64. He taught English mostly to girls and young women in the Bilaan Pilot Elementary School, did teacher training and taught agricultural methods to young men in Jolo in the mostly Moslem southern island of Mindanao. He discusses being unprepared for living in a Moslem community and recounts an incident during Ramadan when a man “ran amok” during a traditional hallucinatory dream attacking the barracks which garrisoned Christian police officers there to control the rebellious local population. He discusses the generosity of local people, their love of Americans at the time and their openness to learning. He says that in Peace Corps he learned that he was an educator and that the experience made him the man he is today. He shows letters he received from President Kennedy, Sargent Shriver and Hubert Humphrey in which Humphrey invited him to a White House conference where he spoke about his experience.

Interview Accession

2020oh0578_pcrv0066

Interviewee Name

Donald Yates

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-10-22

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Yates, Donald Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 22 Oct. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Yates, D. (2020, October 22). Interview by E. Ganzglass. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Yates, Donald, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. October 22, 2020, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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