Interview with Jack Wilson, August 18, 2020

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

Interview Summary

Jack Wilson was a Peace Corps volunteer in the first group to serve in Liberia, from 1962 to 1964. He served as Associate Peace Corps Director in Sierra Leone from 1966 to 1968, Desk Officer in Washington, D.C. for Nigeria and The Gambia from 1968 to 1970, and Country Director in Fiji from 1970 to 1972. Jack first heard of Peace Corps when it was announced by President Kennedy in 1961, and applied with his fiancé, planning to marry before entering service. Training for Liberia was conducted at the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife were assigned to a Baptist Mission boarding school in Suehn, where he taught English. The interview discusses his training, service in Liberia, experiences as Peace Corps staff in Sierra Leone and Fiji, travels in Africa, and developing the first in-country training programs for volunteers. It also discusses his work with the Kentucky RPCV Oral History Project.

Interview Accession

2020oh0357_pcrv0009

Interviewee Name

Jack Wilson

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2020-08-18

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Wilson, Jack Interview by Julius Sztuk. 18 Aug. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wilson, J. (2020, August 18). Interview by J. Sztuk. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Wilson, Jack, interview by Julius Sztuk. August 18, 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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