Interview with Marissa Robinson, August 31, 2023

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

Interview Summary

Dr. Marissa Robinson served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo from 2015 to 2016, in the Community Health and Malaria Prevention (CHAMP) program. Marissa valued volunteering and service to others since childhood. While attending Spelman College she became interested in Peace Corps through presentations by a recruiter. Training for Marissa’s group was conducted in a village near Notse. French language was particularly challenging. Marissa was assigned to Kpélé Agavé, about 40km north of Kpalime. She worked at the village hospital, and also engaged with students at schools in the area. Topics discussed include: culture shock; challenges faced by a female volunteer in a male dominated culture; experience of Black PCVs in Africa; and Peace Corps management. Marissa’s service unfortunately ended early and she was unable to return to Togo. Although her Peace Corps service ended early she continued to pursue opportunities of public service within the federal government. In particular, working in several African countries with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and continues to work in Public Health in several capacities at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Interview Accession

2023oh0866_pcrv0871

Interviewee Name

Marissa Robinson

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2023-08-31

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Robinson, Marissa Interview by Julius Sztuk. 31 Aug. 2023. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Robinson, M. (2023, August 31). 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.

Robinson, Marissa, interview by Julius Sztuk. August 31, 2023, 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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