Interview with Alberto Rodriguez-Liriano, October 6, 2020
Project: Peace Corps: Host Country National Oral History Project
Interview SummaryAlberto Rodriguez-Liriano was an academic at the Instituto Superior de Agricultura (ISA) teaching forest management, ecology, and natural resources. He had had Peace Corps Volunteers as teachers as well as being a Spanish tutor for Volunteers before being employed by the Peace Corps as an Associate Director for the environment sector. His many accomplishments in project evolution included: agroforestry, appropriate technology, small aqueducts, cooking stoves, environment education, eco-tourism, environment for youth, environment leadership development, and income generation through renewable energy. Alberto's perspective on the ideal Volunteer includes: passion for the work, cultural sensitivity, friendships, truthfulness, respectful, not being judgmental, and accepting challenges. He promoted asset-based language which erased frustration and increased challenges and opportunities for service. Alberto also observed various forms of discrimination, including directed at Volunteers of color, younger Volunteers, and female Volunteers. He discussed these issues with host organizations. Alberto had a satisfying career as a pioneer in the environment sector.
Interview KeywordPeace Corps staff Peace Corps Staff Job: Environment Instituto Superior de Agricultura (ISA) Project partners Agro-forestry Appropriate technology Aqueducts Cooking stoves Environmental education Eco-tourism Youth Environment leadership Conservation Income generation Renewable energy Volunteer characteristics Asset-based terminology Discrimination Urban development Knowledge management Institution building capacity
Interview LC SubjectPeace Corps (U.S.) Peace Corps (U.S.)--Dominican Republic Culture Intercultural communication Interpersonal communication and culture Interpersonal relations Interpersonal relations and culture Language and culture Language and languages Voluntarism Volunteers Sexism Racism Ageism
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Rodriguez-Liriano, Alberto Interview by Randolph A. Adams. 06 Oct. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Rodriguez-Liriano, A. (2020, October 06). Interview by R. A. Adams. Peace Corps: Host Country National Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Rodriguez-Liriano, Alberto, interview by Randolph A. Adams. October 06, 2020, Peace Corps: Host Country National Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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