Interview with Matthew Skros, August 12, 2020

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

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Matthew Skros served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania from January 2020 to March 2020, when he was evacuated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Matthew was interested in public service from a young age. He initially considered military service, with Peace Corps as a second option. Due to a prolonged application process, Matthew decided to take an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps assignment, doing disaster response work nationwide. After beginning his AmeriCorps service, he re-applied to Peace Corps, and was accepted for Albania. Language and culture training for his cohort was the village of Gjadër, near Lezhë. Matthew lived with a host family during training. Approximately two weeks before completion of training, Peace Corps evacuated volunteers due to COVID-19. Since returning to the U.S., Matthew has been volunteering with AmeriCorps-VISTA, and has re-applied to Peace Corps.

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2020oh0349_pcev0025

Interviewee Name

Matthew Skros

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2020-08-12

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Skros, Matthew Interview by Julius Sztuk. 12 Aug. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Skros, M. (2020, August 12). 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.

Skros, Matthew, interview by Julius Sztuk. August 12, 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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