Interview with Lindsey Calhoun, August 22, 2020

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

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Lindsey Calhoun graduated from the University of South Carolina Aiken with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught Chinese children English online before joining Peace Corps. Her application was submitted and approved within a month. She felt unprepared after training, but also found everything useful, especially the dictum, “don't assume!" Her “friendship family” welcomed her. Lindsey had 400 students in her English classes. She made a point of having lunch with students on a daily basis. She also engaged in activities with her students on weekends. Peace Corps provided her with the understanding of how to integrate into a culture, beyond tourist or consultant. She discovered that the students in China face similar issues as students in the U.S. Medical staff were not initially concerned with COVID-19. Lindsey was evacuated from China and a friend sent her belongings. Frustrated U.S. doctors refuse to treat RPCVs because Peace Corps is late with payments.

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2020oh0366_pcev0037

Interviewee Name

Lindsey Calhoun

Interviewer Name

Randolph A. Adams

Interview Date

2020-08-22

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Calhoun, Lindsey Interview by Randolph A. Adams. 22 Aug. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Calhoun, L. (2020, August 22). Interview by R. A. Adams. Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Calhoun, Lindsey, interview by Randolph A. Adams. August 22, 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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