Interview with Eric Wilson, February 4, 2021

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

Interview Summary

Eric Wilson served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, from 1998 to 2000, in the Water/Sanitation Program. Wilson originally considered joining AmeriCorps, but at the suggestion of a co-worker, looked into Peace Corps. He was not selected initially due to a mild medication taken for depression, but persisted until he was eventually selected. Training for Wilson’s group was initially held in Santa Lucia, Honduras, but shortly after their arrival, Hurricane Mitch struck. They were evacuated to Panama, where they completed training in culture, Spanish language, and technical skills. Wilson was assigned to the town of Gualaco, Olancho, without a specific job or local counterpart. Through his own initiative, he worked with the local school to provide health and environmental education to students of all ages. Wilson identifies as a gay man, and briefly discusses the differing attitudes toward the LGBTQ+ community of locals in the capital city Tegucigalpa, compared to rural towns. The interview discusses Wilson’s Peace Corps application, training, experiences in his village, and reflections on Peace Corps service.

Interview Accession

2021oh0084_pcrv0109

Interviewee Name

Eric Wilson

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2021-02-04

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Wilson, Eric Interview by Julius Sztuk. 04 Feb. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wilson, E. (2021, February 04). Interview by J. Sztuk. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Wilson, Eric, interview by Julius Sztuk. February 04, 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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