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Oregon Peace Corps Volunteers: Letters from Nigeria, 1964-1965

Jerry Fagerlund and Liisa Fagerlund
Oregon Historical Quarterly
Vol. 112, No. 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 82-99
DOI: 10.5403/oregonhistq.112.1.0082
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Page Count: 18
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Oregon Peace Corps Volunteers: Letters from Nigeria, 1964-1965
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The Peace Corps was only two years old in 1963, when Jerry and Liisa (Watkins) Fagerlund, students at the University of Oregon, signed on as volunteers. They were assigned to the newly independent country of Nigeria in West Africa, teaching at a boys boarding school in the Northern Region. Their article draws on letters written home to tell two stories: “Diary of a Teacher,” consisting of excerpts describing the evolving teaching experience, and “Bush Trek by Motorbike and Canoe,” an account of an adventurous journey along trails and across rivers in the Nigerian bush country. The article is illustrated by a map and photographs, many taken by Jerry Fagerlund during their time in Nigeria.

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