Interview with Gerald Lemega, April 28, 2021

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

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Gerald Lemega served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia from 1967 to 1969, as a Community Action Promoter. His interest in Peace Corps was influenced by John F. Kennedy’s call to give back to the country. Lemega applied in his junior year at the University of Connecticut, and entered the Advance Training Program that summer. Training began at Antioch College in Ohio, followed by a Christmas break session in San Antonio, Texas, and was completed in Mexico after graduation. Upon arrival in Colombia, Gerald traveled to Popayán, the capital of Cauca, and then to La Sierra, his assignment site. In La Sierra he worked with the coffee growers’ organization, and the Colombian Institute for Agrarian Reform (INCORA). He also interfaced with Care International to obtain project resources. Later in his tour, he was transferred to the Department of Planning to assist with a demographic survey of Cauca. After Peace Corps, Lemega attended graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. Due to his draft status, he decided to enlist in the Connecticut Army National Guard and served for 35 years.

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2021oh0309_pcrv0198

Interviewee Name

Gerald Lemega

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Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2021-04-28

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Lemega, Gerald Interview by Julius Sztuk. 28 Apr. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Lemega, G. (2021, April 28). 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.

Lemega, Gerald, interview by Julius Sztuk. April 28, 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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