Interview with Willow Pastard, April 25, 2021

Project: Peace Corps: Covid-19 Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project

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Willow Pastard served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, from 2018 to 2020, in the Health Program. She was evacuated in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pastard majored in anthropology and minored in global health at Northwestern University. Global health studies helped motivate her to volunteer. Language (Serer), culture, and technical training were conducted in Thies, Senegal. During Community-Based Training, volunteers stayed with families in local villages. Pastard’s assignment was in Faoye, a village of approximately 1,400 people, where she worked at a health clinic and lived on the compound of a host family. Her work included systems optimization, assisting with vaccinations, and other health care activities. She also taught English at a middle school. Pastard intended to extend her service, but was unable to because of the evacuation due to COVID-19. The interview covers Pastard's reasons for volunteering; training; living and work conditions; experience of people of color as volunteers in Senegal; and views on Peace Corps service.

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2021oh0319_pcev0061

Interviewee Name

Willow Pastard

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2021-04-25

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Pastard, Willow Interview by Julius Sztuk. 25 Apr. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Pastard, W. (2021, April 25). Interview by J. Sztuk. Peace Corps: Covid-19 Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Pastard, Willow, interview by Julius Sztuk. April 25, 2021, Peace Corps: Covid-19 Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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