Interview with Hedy Pajonk, May 22, 2021

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

Interview Summary

Hedy Pajonk served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana from 2017 to 2020. Prior to Peace Corps, Hedy had a career in accounting and real estate. She is a life-long gardener, especially enjoying growing vegetables to share with neighbors. Realizing she accomplished everything she wanted in her career, she was investigating volunteer opportunities when Peace Corps presented itself in a Google search as the unexpected answer to a long held desire to participate in agricultural development work. Hedy’s training cohort was Agricultural 19. Her pre-service training in language, culture, and technical skills was conducted in Aniyanasin in Ghana’s Central Region. Her volunteer sites were the villages of Tewbabi and Anyinasin in the Bono Region working in local agricultural training. Among many projects Hedy enjoyed the challenges and success of training young villagers in beekeeping. Hedy was three months into her third-year extension of service when she was evacuated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interview Accession

2021oh0498_pcev0065

Interviewee Name

Hedy Pajonk

Interviewer Name

Cal Mann

Interview Date

2021-05-22

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Pajonk, Hedy Interview by Cal Mann. 22 May. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Pajonk, H. (2021, May 22). Interview by C. Mann. Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Pajonk, Hedy, interview by Cal Mann. May 22, 2021, Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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