Interview with Mark Hoffman, January 19, 2022

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

Interview Summary

Mark Hoffman served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi from 1964 to 1966 in the cities of Mzimba, Lilongwe, and Mponela doing agricultural cooperative and marketing work. He was one of a cohort of 18 male volunteers in his subject area. Working with his colleagues, with Peace Corps staff and the Farmer’s Marketing Board, he was able to help the farmers make the agricultural co-op program more effective. During his service, Mark traveled to neighboring countries, including South Africa where he witnessed apartheid first hand, and Tanzania where he visited with PC volunteers with whom he had trained in Syracuse, NY. He credits his Peace Corps experience with providing a critical foundation to his professional and personal paths by building his skills in listening, empathizing with others, adapting to change, and navigating challenging situations. Mark, and 13 of the 18 members of his cohort, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a reunion, and have since met 5 times throughout the US and once in Italy. He and his wife Roberta support a non-profit organization called the Malawi Children’s Village that provides education and social services to Malawi youth who don’t receive such support in their villages (www.malawichildrensvillage.org). A few years ago, they spent 6 weeks at the school volunteering their services.

Interview Accession

2022oh0092_pcrv0499

Interviewee Name

Mark Hoffman

Interviewer Name

Madeline Radkey Kellner

Interview Date

2022-01-19

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Hoffman, Mark Interview by Madeline Radkey Kellner. 19 Jan. 2022. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Hoffman, M. (2022, January 19). Interview by M. R. Kellner. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Hoffman, Mark, interview by Madeline Radkey Kellner. January 19, 2022, 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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