Interview with Tony Tramontano, May 27, 2021

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

Interview Summary

Tony Tramontano grew up in Brooklyn and Queens, NY. He graduated from the University of Georgia in animal nutrition. Tony was invited to the Dominican Republic to work in the agriculture sector. His pre-service training included Outward Bound physical as well as psychological resilience training in the rain forest near Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The deselection philosophy of behavior observations by psychologists fostered anxiety. Tony was assigned to the Department of Agriculture in San Francisco de Macoris. He worked with a counterpart to serve small family farms in improving production of coffee, cacao, rice, etc. Tony set up demonstration plots producing local vegetables and demonstrating proper use of fertilizers and pesticides. He integrated into his neighborhood providing movies on weekends, playing dominos, and socializing with neighbors. He valued his close relationships to understand their perspectives. Building trust, confidence, and compromise with others was the key to his success. Culture rules, accept differences.

Interview Accession

2021oh0505_pcrv0282

Interviewee Name

Tony Tramontano

Interviewer Name

Randolph A. Adams

Interview Date

2021-05-27

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Tramontano, Tony Interview by Randolph A. Adams. 27 May. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Tramontano, T. (2021, May 27). 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.

Tramontano, Tony, interview by Randolph A. Adams. May 27, 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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