Interview with Elizabeth "Betsy" Davis, November 13, 2020

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

Interview Summary

Elizabeth "Betsy" Davis served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil from 1968-71 and in Ecuador from 1972-74. She served as Peace Corps Director in Ecuador from 1987-90, as the Peace Corps Women in Development Coordinator from 1993-98 and as a consultant on international training and development from 1991-99. She discusses her motivation to join the Peace Corps, training for Brazil at Cal State and tells many stories about work as a community health and development volunteer in Brazil’s Amazon region. She compares her unstructured work in Brazil with her much more structured community health assignment in Ecuador. She discusses lessons from her volunteer and staff experiences and the impact on her life. She talks about the need to better evaluate Peace Corps impact and the applicability of the Participatory Analysis for Community Action methodology for bringing out different perspectives on difficult issues. She concludes with a strong endorsement of the continued role of Peace Corps.

Interview Accession

2020oh0724_pcrv0087

Interviewee Name

Elizabeth "Betsy" Davis

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-11-13

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Davis, Elizabeth Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 13 Nov. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Davis, E. (2020, November 13). 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.

Davis, Elizabeth, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. November 13, 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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