Interview with Emmery Brakke, August 7, 2020

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

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Emmery Brakke is an evacuated Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Ukraine from September 2017 until she was evacuated in March 2020 due to COVID-19. She worked with a city council as a community economic development volunteer. She was 3 months into an extension of service and was also working with Peace Corps as a Volunteer Leader when she was evacuated. Her grandmother was born in Ukraine and after working in entertainment for a few years Emmery saw an opportunity to serve in Ukraine and applied. She describes her work with the city council, including a big recycling project and her enjoyment of working with other volunteers and staff. Ukraine was early to close borders, so she speaks about how her evacuation differed from other countries. She describes how Peace Corps changed her life’s direction and her future plans.

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2020oh0358_pcev0029

Interviewee Name

Emmery Brakke

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Candice Diehl Wiggum

Interview Date

2020-08-07

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Brakke, Emmery Interview by Candice Diehl Wiggum. 07 Aug. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Brakke, E. (2020, August 07). Interview by C. D. Wiggum. Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Brakke, Emmery, interview by Candice Diehl Wiggum. August 07, 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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