Interview with Seokmin "Saki" Kim, April 2, 2021

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

Interview Summary

Seokmin “Saki” Kim served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji from 2014 to 2016, in the Community Health Empowerment Program (CHEP). Saki was born in the Republic of Korea and immigrated to the U.S. as a child. The idea of Peace Corps service was planted by a high school teacher who had served. After graduating from Princeton University, he decided to volunteer. Language and culture training for his group, Fiji 91, were conducted in Nakaile Village on Viti Levu. Saki was assigned as a Primary School Health Teacher in Nadala Village, near Nadarivatu, in the interior of Viti Levu. In addition, he occasionally lectured at the high school, and tutored in English and Math. Secondary projects included issues identified through assessment of local needs, such as water infrastructure improvement. In his second year, Saki’s work was focused on cyclone damage recovery. The interview discussed motivation for joining; training; life as a volunteer in a remote village; relationships with community members; and lessons learned through Peace Corps service.

Interview Accession

2021oh0236_pcrv0161

Interviewee Name

Seokmin "Saki" Kim

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2021-04-02

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Kim, Seokmin Interview by Julius Sztuk. 02 Apr. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Kim, S. (2021, April 02). 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.

Kim, Seokmin, interview by Julius Sztuk. April 02, 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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