Interview with Alan Adams, April 9, 2021

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

Interview Summary

Alan Adams served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador from 1967 through 1969 with the agrarian reform, focusing on Farming Cooperatives involving his traveling to nearby villages to work with community leaders to purchase and administer the land. He learned about the Peace Corps while at the University of Oregon where he majored in Spanish and Anthropology while volunteering as a literacy teacher and organized the migrant labor project while being active in the anti-war movement and civil rights. His training was conducted in Boseman, Montana and in his host country in the town of Cañar, high in the mountains. Alan rented space in a home with occasional other Peace Corps volunteers and traveled to neighboring villages by horseback, then by mule, and then on foot to work for agrarian reform. He helped hacienda workers transition to members of cooperatives. He helped farmers find technical assistance from the Department of Agriculture of Ecuador, along with better types of fertilizers, and he helped plant eucalyptus trees, but they could not hold back the ground from erosion. Although lonely, Alan had many local visitors and spent vacation time on coastal beaches. After returning to the United States, Alan taught school in ESL and bilingual education in Chicago and New Jersey and received a Master’s degree from Kean College (now University). After retirement, he returned to the work with the Ecuadorian community which he worked with while there. He works remotely from New Jersey to continue the work started 50 years ago.

Interview Accession

2021oh0201_pcrv0158

Interviewee Name

Alan Adams

Interviewer Name

Donald C. Yates

Interview Date

2021-04-09

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Adams, Alan Interview by Donald C. Yates. 09 Apr. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Adams, A. (2021, April 09). Interview by D. C. Yates. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Adams, Alan, interview by Donald C. Yates. April 09, 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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