Interview with Annabelle Vanderwerf, August 5, 2020

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

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Annabelle Vanderwerf served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho from September 2019 to March 2020 when she was evacuated due to COVID-19. Annabelle first learned of Peace Corps in college. She was interested in a career in foreign service, and while interning in Washington, D.C., met several people working internationally that had been involved with Peace Corps. Their experiences inspired her to join. She attended training in a village named Cana, studying Sesotho language. During training she lived with a Basotho host family, with whom she became very close. Her assignment was in Nqechane village, at a small school with 52 students. She taught English to grades 1 through 7. She also taught the students some Spanish for fun, and to broaden their understanding of the world beyond their village. She lived on the village chief’s compound in a host family arrangement. Interview includes discussion of training, work projects, village life, and evacuation due to COVID-19.

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2020oh0320_pcev0019

Interviewee Name

Annabelle Vanderwerf

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2020-08-05

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Vanderwerf, Annabelle Interview by Julius Sztuk. 05 Aug. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Vanderwerf, A. (2020, August 05). 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.

Vanderwerf, Annabelle, interview by Julius Sztuk. August 05, 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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