Interview with Rachael Rosenberg, July 30, 2020

Project: Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project

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Rachael Rosenberg served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Georgia from April 2018 to March 2020 when she was evacuated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She joined as a Russian speaker with experience in the former Soviet Union. She served in an Armenian enclave co-teaching grade 1-12 English language classes, providing teacher training and working with a local youth center. She discusses not being considered a "true American" by some because of her dark hair and her Jewish heritage. She also discusses the local misinformation about and reaction to the COVID-19 threat. She describes her chaotic evacuation, first from Armenia, where she was on vacation, to Georgia; her quarantine in Georgia; and then her evacuation to the United States. She ends with discussion of help offered by the Texas Peace Corps when she returned and thoughts about improving the quality of the Peace Corps experience going forward.

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2020oh0310_pcev0011

Interviewee Name

Rachael Rosenberg

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-07-30

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Rosenberg, Rachael Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 30 Jul. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Rosenberg, R. (2020, July 30). Interview by E. Ganzglass. Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Rosenberg, Rachael, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. July 30, 2020, Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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