Interview with Joan Moore, November 8, 2005
Project: Peace Corps: Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (Kentucky) Oral History Project
Interview SummaryJoan Moore (Swaziland, 1979-1982; Education Program), a middle school science teacher Peace Corps volunteer at two sites in Swaziland (present-day Eswatini). Moore begins the interview by discussing her early life and educational background. Subsequently, Moore talks of the Peace Corps application and training process. The interviewee also shares her initial impressions of Swaziland. Moore recalls her experience of living in the asbestos mining town of Bulembu. Moore describes her experiences with apartheid as it affected people in Swaziland and in South Africa. Moore then details her assignment in the town of Nhlangano. Moore's travels during her Peace Corps service are explored. Health issues with exposure to asbestos in Bulembu are then examined. The interviewee recalls her return to the U.S. and explains why she decided to pursue a career in nursing. Moore's current position as a nurse practitioner in Berea, Kentucky is discussed. Moore then talks of her recent trip to Swaziland and how the country has changed since the 1980s. Additionally, Moore evaluates the impact of the Peace Corps upon Swaziland and herself. Moore then recalls her travels to Iraq. Moore also considers how the Peace Corps has influenced her career path. Moore's work in alternative medicine is also mentioned. The interviewee discusses how the Peace Corps has changed her worldview, as well as how the Peace Corps has impacted the world. Moore illustrates her vision for the Peace Corps in the future. To conclude the interview, Moore emphasizes the importance of domestic service and how vital the Peace Corps is to the world.
Interview LC SubjectMoore, Joan M. Moore, Joan M.--Interviews Peace Corps (U.S.)--History Peace Corps (U.S.)--Swaziland Swaziland Nursing Early life Peace Corps (U.S.)--History--1970-1979. Peace Corps (U.S.)--History--1980-1989. Peace Corps (U.S.) Education Nurse practitioners Swazi (African people) Eswatini Nhlangano (Eswatini) Hohho (Eswatini) Health International travel Asbestos Iraq
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Moore, Joan Interview by Jack A. Wilson. 08 Nov. 2005. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Moore, J. (2005, November 08). Interview by J. A. Wilson. Peace Corps: Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (Kentucky) Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Moore, Joan, interview by Jack A. Wilson. November 08, 2005, Peace Corps: Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (Kentucky) Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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