Interview with Angie Williams-Chehmani, October 9, 2020

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

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Angie Williams-Chehmani was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco from 1997-2000 where she taught Business English. She had over 600 students, but as a slightly older, experienced volunteer, she handled the difficulties of teaching where there were limited supplies. She developed a workbook that students could copy and use that is still being used today. Her identity as an African American was different in Morocco: visiting Americans mistook her for a local; Africans saw her as entirely American; others thought she knew all blacks in America because they had to be from the same tribe; and she was not harassed for visas or treated like her white colleagues. She relates the challenges of learning to cook with propane and her first attempt at baking a Thanksgiving turkey. She suggested that training should include some talks about race and additional discussions with volunteers of color about what they might experience that might not be expected, and what might be changed about medical support for volunteers.

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2020oh0575_pcrv0063

Interviewee Name

Angie Williams-Chehmani

Interviewer Name

Candice Diehl Wiggum

Interview Date

2020-10-09

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Williams-Chehmani, Angie Interview by Candice Diehl Wiggum. 09 Oct. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Williams-Chehmani, A. (2020, October 09). Interview by C. D. Wiggum. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Williams-Chehmani, Angie, interview by Candice Diehl Wiggum. October 09, 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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