Interview with Russell Love, January 25, 2022

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

Interview Summary

Russell Love served in Togo, 1970-1973, as a TEFL teacher. He applied to Peace Corps because he was conflicted about the Vietnam War and because he was inspired by President Kennedy’s message “For of those to whom much is given much is required.” Twelve volunteers went to Togo as English teachers. In Togo, the group did practice teaching for about a month before going to permanent sites. Russell’s permanent site was Aneho where he was assigned to teach English at a public school. Despite being advised his school was a “zoo”, a new headmaster turned things around. Russell’s students appreciated his classes, rewarding him with a kente cloth robe. He also taught physical education and worked with soccer and track and field interscholastic sports competitions. Russell recounts an experience involving a student who died as a stark, enduring memory of inequality in general and medical-access inequality in particular.

Interview Accession

2022oh0258_pcrv0515

Interviewee Name

Russell Love

Interviewer Name

Joyce L. Jenkins

Interview Date

2022-01-25

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Love, Russell Interview by Joyce L. Jenkins. 25 Jan. 2022. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Love, R. (2022, January 25). Interview by J. L. Jenkins. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Love, Russell, interview by Joyce L. Jenkins. January 25, 2022, 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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