Interview with Michael "Mike" Kerr, November 16, 2020

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

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Michael “Mike” Kerr served in Lesotho as a Community Health and Economic Development Advisor (CHED) from 2010-2012. As a recent visitor to The Gambia and a traveler, he knew how to pack critical supplies. During a limited pre-service training, he was able to request a ‘real’ Peace Corps assignment and was assigned to a remote village in the mountains of Lesotho. He lived with his counterpart and family and spent the first six months meeting people. He describes his three major projects: a boys’ group that focused on sexual health and other topics important to teenage boys; a swimming and safety course for fishermen; and developing a business teaching computer skills. A defining moment was the murder of his sitemate during his first few months. He describes the medical challenge he had when his foot became infected, his mother’s visit to the village, and his travels after Peace Corps.

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2020oh0630_pcrv0077

Interviewee Name

Michael "Mike" Kerr

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Candice Wiggum

Interview Date

2020-11-16

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Kerr, Michael Interview by Candice Wiggum. 16 Nov. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Kerr, M. (2020, November 16). Interview by C. Wiggum. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Kerr, Michael, interview by Candice Wiggum. November 16, 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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