Interview with Athanasios "Tommy" Kolovos, July 27, 2020

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

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Athanasios "Tommy" Kolovos served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar from September 2019 through March 2020, in the education program as an English teacher. Kolovos volunteered for several projects overseas while in college. On a volunteer trip to Panama, he worked alongside Peace Corps Volunteers. That experience inspired him to apply to Peace Corps. Training was conducted in a village named Mantasoa, where he stayed with a host family. Language training consisted of Malagasay, and Betsileo dialect. Tommy’s assignment site was in Fianarantsoa. He lived and worked at the high school. A few months after settling in, COVID-19 evacuation was ordered. This interview includes discussion of his training, service, and evacuation. It also includes some discussion of his Peace Corps experience as a gay man in a culture where living openly as an LGBTQ+ individual is not acceptable. Kolovos hopes to return to Madagascar as a volunteer, and may pursue a Peace Corps staff position in the future.

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2020oh0305_pcev0006

Interviewee Name

Athanasios "Tommy" Kolovos

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2020-07-27

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Kolovos, Athanasios Interview by Julius Sztuk. 27 Jul. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Kolovos, A. (2020, July 27). Interview by J. Sztuk. Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Kolovos, Athanasios, interview by Julius Sztuk. July 27, 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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