Interview with Eli Wittum, August 12, 2020

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

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Eli Wittum grew up in a multi-generational military family. After working as an environment technician, he decided to apply to various military services and Peace Corps. Peace Corps responded first. He was invited to an environmental conservation project in Panama and was trained in organic farming, tree nurseries, gardens, etc. Wittum was the second Peace Corps volunteer in Dos Aguas, a small community a 45-minute walk from a main road. He worked with a local environment collective (nursery) as well as the local school (recycling). His community work focused on cook stoves and reforestation. The small community had internal divisions which made working relationships quite sensitive. As his language skills improved so did his working relationships. A lesson learned was that two years is still not sufficient time for some sustainability. He shares a timeline on the COVID-19 virus with respect to hearing about it, Panama’s response, and the Peace Corps' evacuation challenges.

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2020oh0348_pcev0024

Interviewee Name

Eli Wittum

Interviewer Name

Randolph A. Adams

Interview Date

2020-08-12

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Wittum, Eli Interview by Randolph A. Adams. 12 Aug. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wittum, E. (2020, August 12). Interview by R. A. Adams. Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Wittum, Eli, interview by Randolph A. Adams. August 12, 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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