Interview with Dylan Hallsmith, August 26, 2020

Project: Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project

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Dylan Hallsmith served in Botswana from July 2019 to March 2020 when he was evacuated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His parents worked in higher education and international development. He had been in 27 countries before joining the Peace Corps. Hallsmith studied International Politics and Governance at George Mason University. He was accepted to the Youth Development/Life Skills project in Botswana. The application process was stressful, because he and his partner waited for both of them to be accepted. Hallsmith found pre-service training to be effective with excellent staff. He was assigned to Kanye, Botswana, the third largest village, working in 20 primary, 15 middle, and 5 high schools as well as NGOs and government centers. His Botswana name is Tlotlo, meaning "respect." Being a mixed-race couple, Hallsmith and his partner experienced different reactions from their Botswanan colleagues and friends. They first learned of Covid19 in December 2019, but it did not seem relevant to Botswana. They felt safer in Botswana. Peace Corps did the best they could in evacuating Volunteers given the situation.

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2020oh0384_pcev0042

Interviewee Name

Dylan Hallsmith

Interviewer Name

Randolph A. Adams

Interview Date

2020-08-26

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Hallsmith, Dylan Interview by Randolph A. Adams. 26 Aug. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Hallsmith, D. (2020, August 26). Interview by R. A. Adams. Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Hallsmith, Dylan, interview by Randolph A. Adams. August 26, 2020, Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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