Interview with George Gorayeb, October 14, 2020

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

Interview Summary

George Gorayeb served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco from 1971-73, worked in the office responsible for staging at Peace Corps headquarters in 1974, and as deputy Peace Corps director in Yemen from 1975-77. In the first year he taught English in an all-boys Islamic Institute in Tetouan and in the second year in a co-ed school in Marrakech. He talks about the profound respect for Islam he gained as a Syrian- American Christian in Moslem countries and his challenges as an Arabic-speaking volunteer. He speaks about Peace Corps’ impact on peoples’ lives in Yemen; the impact of the cross-cultural relationships on volunteers and host-country nationals; and the impact service had on his life, including his career in international marketing and his 3rd goal activities to educate Americans about Islam. See his video on Islam posted by Rick Steve https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/video/travel-talks/understanding-islam.He concludes with a heartfelt pitch about why people should join the Peace Corps.

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2020oh0572_pcrv0061

Interviewee Name

George Gorayeb

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-10-14

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Gorayeb, George Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 14 Oct. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Gorayeb, G. (2020, October 14). 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.

Gorayeb, George, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. October 14, 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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