Interview with Michael John Wanigasekera, September 12, 2020

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

Interview Summary

Michael John Wanigasekera served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia in 2013 – 2015, in the Education Program. Michael’s parents immigrated from Sri Lanka to the U.S., and he is of Sri Lankan, Portuguese, and Dutch descent. He joined Peace Corps after completing a master’s degree in International Marketing. His training cohort, K7, was trained in Takeo Province. He lived with two host families during training. Training included Khmer language and culture. Michael’s assignment was at a school in Chrey Thom village, teaching grades 8 – 12. Secondary projects included a school library, clean water supply, construction of a basketball court, GLOW, and BREW camps. He participated in a round table discussion on gender equity with Michelle Obama in Siem Reap. After Peace Corps, he served as a VISTA volunteer, working with disadvantaged youth in Vermont. Interview includes discussion of his service, racial issues, and the lack of recognition that Peace Corps service receives. (Additional interview with Wanigasekera, can be found on 2020-09-14, 2020oh0440_pcrv0033)

Interview Accession

2020oh0439_pcrv0032

Interviewee Name

Michael John Wanigasekera

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2020-09-12

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Wanigasekera, Michael John Interview by Julius Sztuk. 12 Sep. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wanigasekera, M.J. (2020, September 12). Interview by J. Sztuk. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Wanigasekera, Michael John, interview by Julius Sztuk. September 12, 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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