Interview with John Arango, April 7, 2020

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

Interview Summary

John Arango served as: a Peace Corps Volunteer in Community Development in Colombia I from 1961- 63; instructor and director of Community Development Instruction, University of New Mexico from 1963-66; and Peace Corps Country Director in Panama from 1969-70 and Ecuador from 1970-73. He discusses the special treatment his group got as the  rst to enter training and Care’s role in training and administration. He discusses training under Richard Poston, community development expert at Rutgers University and on-going tensions between unstructured community organizing and speci c community development activities. He discusses the evolution of PC training and P.C. staff’s role in matching volunteers with assignments that  t their working styles and goals. In Ecuador, he implemented projects to demonstrate ways to reduce poverty. He thinks Peace Corps’ Third Goal should include using skills and experiences learned through service to address systemic injustices in the US and elsewhere.

Interview Accession

2021oh0199_pcrv0156

Interviewee Name

John Arango

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-04-07

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Arango, John Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 07 Apr. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Arango, J. (2020, April 07). 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.

Arango, John, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. April 07, 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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