Interview with Gentian "Genti" Leka, July 30, 2020

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

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Gentian "Genti" Leka is a host country national who is the Training Manager for Peace Corps Albania and Montenegro. Montenegro had just been added as the 142nd PC country of service and its first cohort of volunteers was in the midst of the Pre-Service Training when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Several restrictions regarding travel within and leaving Albania were introduced initially by the government. These created a challenge for staff with volunteers throughout the country. On March 12th, 2020 the evacuation of the 108 volunteers was initiated and by March 16th all volunteers had departed the country. Mr. Leka describes the process of evacuation, the continuing commitment to supporting their volunteers, and their preparations for volunteers to return. He discusses how Peace Corps will be different when it resumes full operations and how life is evolving in Albania because of the pandemic.

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2020oh0309_pcev0010

Interviewee Name

Gentian "Genti" Leka

Interviewer Name

Candice Diehl Wiggum

Interview Date

2020-07-30

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Leka, Gentian Interview by Candice Diehl Wiggum. 30 Jul. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Leka, G. (2020, July 30). Interview by C. D. Wiggum. Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Leka, Gentian, interview by Candice Diehl Wiggum. 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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