Interview with Michael Landers, July 18, 2022

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

Interview Summary

Michael was in the first group that was trained completely in-country. Trainees took a bus to Monrovia in the morning and had to find his way to the training site at night. The long-time president died during training and tribal members came to Monrovia to mourn, carrying traditional weapons. This significantly altered training. His project to teach in an elementary school expanded to swamp rice projects. He started 4H clubs to teach modern methods of agriculture. Swamp rice can produce twice the yield of traditional upland rice with up to three crops a year. Michael met his wife who was in the same training group. They planned their wedding by mail which arrived every three weeks. They had one day to respond to any correspondence or wait until the next mail run three weeks later.

Interview Accession

2022oh1524_pcrv0613

Interviewee Name

Michael Landers

Interviewer Name

Wendy Schumacher

Interview Date

2022-07-18

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Landers, Michael Interview by Wendy Schumacher. 18 Jul. 2022. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Landers, M. (2022, July 18). Interview by W. Schumacher. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Landers, Michael, interview by Wendy Schumacher. July 18, 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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