Interview with Alicia Martinez, August 13, 2020

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

Interview Summary

Alicia Martinez served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia from 2013-2015. She discusses her Mexican immigrant parents' initial objection to her joining the Peace Corps instead of going to law school. During the first year she worked in a youth development project and the second year teaching young mothers English, parenting and other skills. She thinks teaching these women English helped them, but that her greatest impact was through interpersonal conversations she had with these women. She discusses the strong support she got from Peace Corps local and headquarters staff when she had to be evacuated from her first site because she was sexually assaulted and their support in allowing her to extend her service 6 months to intern with a human rights law firm. She traveled alone in southern Africa and upon her return went to law school and used her noncompetitive eligibility to get a job at the Government Services Administration.

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2020oh0345_pcrv0003

Interviewee Name

Alicia Martinez

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-08-13

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Martinez, Alicia Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 13 Aug. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Martinez, A. (2020, August 13). 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.

Martinez, Alicia, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. August 13, 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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