Interview with Zsolt Olah, November 17, 2020

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

Interview Summary

Zsolt Olah was a Peace Corps staff language instructor in Hungary from 1994-98. He talks about his enthusiasm for the Peace Corps when he first heard about it as an 18-year old and then later when he applyied for this position. He talks about Peace Corps’ immersive language instruction, volunteers’ enthusiasm for learning, and cultural orientation approach tailored to stages of volunteers’ introduction to an unfamiliar culture. He talks about the early role of Peace Corps in post-Communist Hungary representing what America stands for, cross-cultural communication, and how Peace Corps broadens the perspective of volunteers and host country nationals, like himself.

Interview Accession

2020oh0631_pcrv0078

Interviewee Name

Zsolt Olah

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-11-17

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Olah, Zsolt Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 17 Nov. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Olah, Z. (2020, November 17). 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.

Olah, Zsolt, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. November 17, 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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