Interview with Ana Teresa Echeverria, October 26, 2021

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

Interview Summary

Ana Echeverria served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Marshall Islands, from 1968 through 1970, in Education and Community Development Programs. Ana’s interest in travel, other cultures, and her sense of adventure made her a good fit for Peace Corps. She applied while at Brown University, and entered Peace Corps after her junior year. Training for Ana’s group began in Escondido, CA, and continued in Laura, Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. Training included Marshallese language, culture, and history. Ana’s first assignment was on Arno Atoll. Due to difficulties faced by a single woman living alone, which is unheard of in Marshallese communities, she was reassigned to Majuro. Later, she married a fellow volunteer, and spent the remainder of her service on the remote island of Ujae as an English teacher. Other projects included re-building the school and dispensary, and re-planting the island, due to devastation caused by a typhoon. Ana discusses her living situation and work at each location. She recalls the kind and welcoming nature of Marshallese people, as well as difficulties associated with a remote assignment. Ana remains in contact with fellow RPCVs, and feels a strong connection to the Marshall Islands and its people.

Interview Accession

2021oh0903_pcrv0430

Interviewee Name

Ana Teresa Echeverria

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2021-10-26

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Echeverria, Ana Teresa Interview by Julius Sztuk. 26 Oct. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Echeverria, A.T. (2021, October 26). 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.

Echeverria, Ana Teresa, interview by Julius Sztuk. October 26, 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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