Interview with James Burchfield, December 9, 2020

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

Interview Summary

James Burchfield served as a Peace Corps volunteer with his wife in Nebaj in the Guatemala highlands from December 1973 to December 1975 and from March 1976 to 1977 in a recovery program following a devastating earthquake. He discusses his school gardening and nutrition activities in local elementary schools and communities during his first tour and later starting bee-keeping cooperatives in conjunction with a local priest. He talks about rich coffee growers, the exploitation of indigenous Mayan workers and the beginnings of the Guatemalan civil war. The growing violence between government paramilitary forces and leftist rebel groups led to his and his wife’s evacuation. He speaks fondly about his friendships with Guatemalans and fellow Peace Corps during and after his service and his involvement in Third Goal activities through the Montana Peace Corps Association. He wishes more people had the opportunity to benefit from this broadening experience.

Interview Accession

2020oh0709_pcrv0082

Interviewee Name

James Burchfield

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-12-09

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Burchfield, James Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 09 Dec. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Burchfield, J. (2020, December 09). 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.

Burchfield, James, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. December 09, 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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