Interview with Pamela Watkins, November 16, 2020

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

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Pamela Watkins taught English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia from 2013-2015 and as a Response Volunteer in Rwanda from 2016-2019. She tells many stories of her teaching experiences at the post-secondary level in both countries and how as an older, African American woman and experienced teacher, she used her encounters with host country nationals as a way to teach people about American diversity, especially African American culture. She talks about the personal lessons she learned from her service and thoughts about how Peace Corps can better recruit minority volunteers and prepare them for the unique challenges they will face during their service. She concludes by expressing her support for Peace Corps and her desire to serve again overseas as a curriculum development specialist.

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2020oh0637_pcrv0081

Interviewee Name

Pamela Watkins

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-11-16

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Watkins, Pamela Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 16 Nov. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Watkins, P. (2020, November 16). 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.

Watkins, Pamela, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. November 16, 2020, 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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