Interview with Lucila Maria Valenzuela, November 7, 2021

Project: Peace Corps: Covid-19 Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Lucila Valenzuela served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique, in 2019 and 2020, in the Health Program. Lucila, a U.S. citizen, was raised in Matamoros Mexico, and attended school in Texas. While studying Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Lucila met a professor who was a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and she became interested in serving. Lucila persevered through a long application process, with a number of countries considered, until finally being invited to and accepting Mozambique training 31 cohort. Lucila’s group attended training in Naamacha, where they stayed with host families and studied Portuguese language. Lucila was assigned to Chimbunila, in Niassa province, as a Community Health Promoter. She was reassigned to Sanga after three months due to safety concerns. Four months later, all volunteers were evacuated due to COVID19. Lucila discusses the many difficulties she encountered during recruitment and service, and the disappointment of not being able to complete her service. In spite of those things, she is grateful to have gone to Mozambique, and remains positive about Peace Corps service.

Interview Accession

2022oh0025_pcev0072

Interviewee Name

Lucila Maria Valenzuela

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2021-11-07

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Valenzuela, Lucila Maria Interview by Julius Sztuk. 07 Nov. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Valenzuela, L.M. (2021, November 07). Interview by J. Sztuk. Peace Corps: Covid-19 Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Valenzuela, Lucila Maria, interview by Julius Sztuk. November 07, 2021, Peace Corps: Covid-19 Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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