Interview with David Marsden, February 12, 2021

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

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David Marsden changed cultural environments growing up, from a small farm town in Iowa, to a university town, to Huntsville, Alabama, a NASA outpost. With a degree in psychology from Maryville College he wanted to see the world. At first rejected by Peace Corps, he was later invited to a Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) program in Morocco. After excellent Pre-Service Training, including learning Moroccan Arabic, he was placed in a Berber region. Marsden shared an apartment with a French volunteer. He taught English to grades 10-12 in Tiznit. The principal was exceptionally helpful and became a good friend. To lighten up classes, he occasionally introduced language through rock and roll songs and promoted interactions between teachers and students. Because of border issues with Algeria, Marsden was moved to a school for children with disabilities in Marrakesh where he managed a home and school for 24-36 students, most of whom were orphans. Marsden learned not to assume, rather assess and gain insight from the perspective of others.

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2021oh0108_pcrv0119

Interviewee Name

David Marsden

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Randolph A. Adams

Interview Date

2021-02-12

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Marsden, David Interview by Randolph A. Adams. 12 Feb. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Marsden, D. (2021, February 12). Interview by R. A. Adams. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Marsden, David, interview by Randolph A. Adams. February 12, 2021, 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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