Interview with Ananya Marathe, September 7, 2010

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

Interview Summary

Ananya Marathe served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a health program in Madagascar from 2016-2018. She discusses her role as a “culture carrier,” the importance of learning to listen to other perspectives, and the impact of Peace Corps service on strengthening her self-identity as an Indian-American. She reflects on peoples’ differing expectations and sense of satisfaction with small pleasures in the US and in Madagascar. She talks about visiting her site for 2 weeks during training, having to figure out what she could do to be useful in the community and site exchanges among volunteers for special projects. While she thinks it is useful after 60 years to reassess Peace Corps goals and processes, she praises Peace Corps and thinks much of the experience is determined by individual volunteers and specific circumstances. She reflects on Peace Corps’ relevance to breaking down the America-centric viewpoint in corporate America.

Interview Accession

2020oh0423_pcrv0023

Interviewee Name

Ananya Marathe

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2010-09-07

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Marathe, Ananya Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 07 Sep. 2010. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Marathe, A. (2010, September 07). 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.

Marathe, Ananya, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. September 07, 2010, 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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