Interview with Shauneille "Shaun" Blair, December 8, 2020

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

Interview Summary

Shauneille "Shaun" Blair served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji from 2016 to 2018 in the Community Youth Development Program. Blair is a Black Indigenous American. Her parents taught her the importance of understanding people of different backgrounds. She joined Peace Corps in her early 40s. Her decision was influenced by her sister and two friends who are RPCVs. Blair’s language and culture training was conducted in a village near Nausori, after which she was posted to Waya Island in the Yasawa Group. Her accomplishments include creation of a Youth Akro Skills Program in her village that was subsequently spread to other parts of Fiji. The interview discusses her reasons for joining; living with her host family during training; job assignment; living and working at her post; differential treatment of females and volunteers of color by Host Country Nationals, including Peace Corps Staff; and returning to the U.S.

Interview Accession

2020oh0718_pcrv0083

Interviewee Name

Shauneille "Shaun" Blair

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2020-12-08

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Blair, Shauneille Interview by Julius Sztuk. 08 Dec. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Blair, S. (2020, December 08). 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.

Blair, Shauneille, interview by Julius Sztuk. December 08, 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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