Interview with Hallie Jane Brown, August 1, 2020

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

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Hallie Brown served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Republic of The Gambia from October 2018 through March 2020, in the Health Program. Brown first heard of Peace Corps through a high school teacher, whose daughter was a Peace Corps volunteer. She decided to join after college, where she majored in International Studies. She was invited to serve in Burkina Faso, but declined due to unrest there at the time. She reapplied and accepted assignment to Republic of The Gambia. Training took place in Masembe. Training included Mandinka language, culture, and some technical information. After three months at their sites, volunteers returned for additional technical training. Her assignment was in Wassu village, where she lived with a host family who were Jakhanke, an ethnic minority. She was the second PCV to live in that community. She did not have an assigned counterpart or institution, so had to be self-directed. Interview includes discussion of training, service, evacuation, and challenges that the local culture presented to a single, female volunteer.

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2020oh0315_pcev0016

Interviewee Name

Hallie Jane Brown

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2020-08-01

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Brown, Hallie Jane Interview by Julius Sztuk. 01 Aug. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Brown, H.J. (2020, August 01). Interview by J. Sztuk. Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Brown, Hallie Jane, interview by Julius Sztuk. August 01, 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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