Interview with Brian Boyle, May 25, 2021

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

Interview Summary

Brian Boyle served as a Peace Corps education volunteer in Nigeria from1962-1964. Although his parents were opposed, he joined after graduating college and went to Columbia Teacher’s College for training on teaching techniques, the language of Northern Nigeria, and the culture and customs of the new country of Nigeria. Arriving in Lagos in the new year, he had another week of training there and in Minna before traveling to his site of Bida. He taught biology at a boys’ high school that had been established by the British and lived with another volunteer in a house next to 2 other volunteers who had arrived 6 months earlier. On vacations he traveled around Nigeria and across the Sahara to Algeria, and he met and befriended many people. Peace Corps brought him out of his bubble and taught him that people all over the world are the same. After returning, he felt some loneliness because his old friends had gotten jobs and many were married, but he quickly made new friends and got a law degree. He has continued to be active in the local Peace Corps organization.

Interview Accession

2021oh0463_pcrv0246

Interviewee Name

Brian Boyle

Interviewer Name

Candice D. Wiggum

Interview Date

2021-05-25

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Boyle, Brian Interview by Candice D. Wiggum. 25 May. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Boyle, B. (2021, May 25). Interview by C. D. Wiggum. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Boyle, Brian, interview by Candice D. Wiggum. May 25, 2021, 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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