Interview with Jim Radloff, April 21, 2021

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

Interview Summary

Jim Radloff was raised in Wausau, Wisconsin. He engaged with a range of individuals as a drug store clerk, soda jerk, and rock/polka band musician. He received a degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin/Madison. Jim was invited to the Dominican Republic within 10 days of applying for the Peace Corps. He was assigned to an urban community development project. He first went to Camp Crozier for two weeks of Outward Bound physical challenges. Pre-service classroom training began at Los Angeles State College covering Spanish, D.R. history and some urban building techniques. Part of his training package encouraged him to bring two year’s-worth of necessities. Jim and his Volunteer partner built their own house in Barrio La Surza. He brought potable water to the community. He undertook a census to discover other local needs, including education and health. Jim also recounted the emotion of being caught up in a violent revolution.

Interview Accession

2021oh0306_pcrv0195

Interviewee Name

Jim Radloff

Interviewer Name

Randolph A. Adams

Interview Date

2021-04-21

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Radloff, Jim Interview by Randolph A. Adams. 21 Apr. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Radloff, J. (2021, April 21). Interview by R. A. Adams. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Radloff, Jim, interview by Randolph A. Adams. April 21, 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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