Interview with Jacob Argue, August 20, 2020

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

Interview Summary

Jacob Argue’s family valued “giving back”! Looking for opportunities, he learned about Peace Corps through research as being high impact/soft power. He received a B.A. from the University of Utah in mathematics and economics. Jacob accepted an assignment in Tanzania teaching physics. Pre-service Training was held first in Korogwe Tanga then Mgombezi. Swahili and cross-cultural studies were appreciated. However, teaching methods less useful. The practicum through the Community-based Training model was more instructive. Jacob was assigned to a school in the Kilosa Morogoro Region. There were distinctions in the various regions based on weather, commerce, and religion. The school system was very challenging, but not very practical for available employment. Jacob tried to influence an alternative to corporal punishment as well as introduce new activities related to hygiene and refuse. Visas were challenged and Volunteers deemed illegal just as Covid19 entered the country. He followed virus’ movement through Whatsapp threads.

Interview Accession

2020oh0361_pcev0032

Interviewee Name

Jacob Argue

Interviewer Name

Randolph A. Adams

Interview Date

2020-08-20

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Argue, Jacob Interview by Randolph A. Adams. 20 Aug. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Argue, J. (2020, August 20). 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.

Argue, Jacob, interview by Randolph A. Adams. August 20, 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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