Interview with Amy Swift, May 4, 2022

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

Interview Summary

Amy Swift served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2003-2005 in a Community Economic Development Program in Ukraine. She joined at age 30 after working as a corporate lawyer and was happy to be assigned to Ukraine from where her grandparents emigrated after the Russian Revolution. She discusses helping a local non-profit ecology group with marketing to promote sustainable tourism and being reassigned to working for the municipal development agency and later an amusement park after the Orange Revolution because of concerns that Peace Corps Volunteers were spies. She discusses Peace Corps guidance to volunteers during this period. She discusses good relations among young Tartars, Russian-speaking, and Ukrainian-speaking Crimeans. She talks about getting a master’s degree through the Peace Corps Fellowship program and her subsequent work as an international consultant. She concludes that despite some down-sides, her experience living in another culture has been invaluable as are the friendships she made.

Interview Accession

2022oh1260_pcrv0578

Interviewee Name

Amy Swift

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2022-05-04

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Swift, Amy Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 04 May. 2022. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Swift, A. (2022, May 04). 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.

Swift, Amy, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. May 04, 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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