Interview with Katherine "Tobie" Weist, December 18, 2020

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

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Katherine "Tobie" Weist served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a teacher training program in South Africa from 2001-2003 and as a Response Volunteer in the Republic of Georgia in 2014 assisting with program development in the National Museum of Manuscripts. She first joined the Peace Corps after her retirement as an anthropologist and college instructor. She talks about difficulties in South Africa because of teachers’ resistance to learning new teaching techniques and in Georgia because of her counterpart’s lack of commitment to the project. Nevertheless, she says she had positive experiences in both countries. In South Africa she produced a book of students’ stories and conducted training on sexual assault. She contrasts the flexible scope of volunteer programs with the very specific nature of Response assignments. She says that Peace Corps loves older volunteers because of their stability. She ends by discussing her volunteer activities in the U.S.

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2020oh0723_pcrv0086

Interviewee Name

Katherine "Tobie" Weist

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-12-18

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Weist, Katherine Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 18 Dec. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Weist, K. (2020, December 18). 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.

Weist, Katherine, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. December 18, 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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