Interview with Miriam Zada Morgan, April 23, 2021

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

Interview Summary

Miriam Morgan frequently thought of joining the Peace Corps during her college undergraduate years and after completing her graduate degree in social work, she applied in 1967. She was offered educational positions in Morocco and Saipan, a self-governing commonwealth island of the US in northern Micronesia. She chose Saipan, an attractive alternative with visions of beaches and blue lagoons. Her group of about 35-40 volunteers trained on the island of Rota for three months. She lived with a family and started learning the major language of the islands, Chamorro which had many words derived from Spanish stemming from Spanish colonialism. Miriam described her training as excellent. Her Peace Corps site was in the town of Chalan Kanoa on the island of Saipan where she lived in a “tiny tin hut.” As a volunteer, she taught in a private Catholic high school staffed by nuns. Her first assignment was transporting students to and from the local hearing and eye clinic. Not very challenging, but then she was reassigned to the classroom when an earlier volunteer returned to the US. She taught English, American government and was the high school counselor. As a counselor she assisted students with college applications, family problems and discouragement with school. She also taught anthropology to University of Guam students who needed more credits to graduate. Many students came from other islands and since their parents had to pay tuition, they were more dedicated to performing well. Miriam was well liked by the students and they dedicated their 1970 yearbook to her. She considered the Saipan Peace Corps office, especially the doctor, to be very good. She visited other islands when on vacation and traveled throughout Asia after she assignment ended. Upon returning to the US, Miriam was hired as a social worker. Many of her Peace Corps volunteers have remained in contact over the years and she has attended four group reunions.

Interview Accession

2021oh0425_pcrv0231

Interviewee Name

Miriam Zada Morgan

Interviewer Name

Katherine Tobie Weist

Interview Date

2021-04-23

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Morgan, Miriam Zada Interview by Katherine Tobie Weist. 23 Apr. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Morgan, M.Z. (2021, April 23). Interview by K. T. Weist. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Morgan, Miriam Zada, interview by Katherine Tobie Weist. April 23, 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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