Interview with Emily Villanueva, October 7, 2021

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

Interview Summary

Emily Villanueva served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, from 2015 through 2017, in the Education Program. Emily grew up in a Filipino-American family with a strong history of military service. When an RPCV spoke to her 5th grade class, Emily decided that she would be a Peace Corps Volunteer. She studied Journalism at U.C. Irvine, and completed an internship before applying. Emily’s cohort, Jamaica 86, trained in Hellshire, and Guys Hill. Training included Jamaican Patois language, and culture. Her first assignment was as a Literacy Advisor and English Teacher in Salt Marsh, Trelawny Province. After three months she was moved to Lodge, Saint Ann Province, due to safety and security concerns. Emily’s second assignment was very positive. She became very close to her host family and others in the community. She remains in contact with them, and fellow RPCVs. The interview discusses motivation for joining Peace Corps; training and work experiences; life in rural Jamican communities; experience as a Filipino-American volunteer; and Peace Corps influence on her life.

Interview Accession

2021oh0887_pcrv0415

Interviewee Name

Emily Villanueva

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2021-10-07

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Villanueva, Emily Interview by Julius Sztuk. 07 Oct. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Villanueva, E. (2021, October 07). Interview by J. Sztuk. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Villanueva, Emily, interview by Julius Sztuk. October 07, 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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