Interview with James "JR" Skelton, October 27, 2020

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

Interview Summary

James "JR" Skelton served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador I from 1962-64. Although the program was supposed to be in community development, he ended up teaching English. He talks about 4-month language and Outward Bound training in Puerto Rico. He says that the community development program was generally conceived and hastily organized by Peace Corps and the Ecuadorians. Nobody knew what to do and the local population resented outsiders telling them what to do. After 3 Ecuadorian aid workers were murdered having been accused by a local priest of being Communists, the volunteers were pulled out of villages to larger towns and assigned to teach English without any teacher training. He taught in a private girl’s academy and a community center. He talks about social life and that he and 7 other volunteers married Ecuadorians. He says that subsequent groups were better organized and prepared. He ends with reflections on Peace Corps’ impact on his life.

Interview Accession

2020oh0582_pcrv0070

Interviewee Name

James "JR" Skelton

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-10-27

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Skelton, James Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 27 Oct. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Skelton, J. (2020, October 27). Interview by E. Ganzglass. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Skelton, James, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. October 27, 2020, 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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