Interview with Michael V. Bandiera, May 2, 2021

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

Interview Summary

Michael Bandiera served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, from 1968 through 1971, in the Community Development / Agrarian Reform Program. Michael applied to Peace Corps while attending UCLA. He was highly motivated to help others, as well as to improve his Spanish and learn about Community Development. Training was conducted in Escondido, CA, and included two trips into Mexico. Additional training was conducted at Colegio Benigno Malo in Cuenca, Ecuador. Michael’s Peace Corps job involved establishing new agricultural communities by recruiting farmers to resettle in more productive areas. He worked with Centro de Reconversion Economica del Azuay (CREA). He also coordinated with CARITAS Catholic relief organization. Along with local counterparts, he identified water sources, surveyed sites, planned villages, and assisted with resettlement. Villages included La Asuncion, Sinai, and Huamboya. Several years after Peace Corps service, he became involved with Children’s Dental Care International, and created programs in Ecuador and Nicaragua.

Interview Accession

2021oh0312_pcrv0201

Interviewee Name

Michael V. Bandiera

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2021-05-02

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Bandiera, Michael V. Interview by Julius Sztuk. 02 May. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Bandiera, M.V. (2021, May 02). 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.

Bandiera, Michael V., interview by Julius Sztuk. May 02, 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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