Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Collection
Yancy Garrido served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras from January 1987 until August 1990 in a community mental health program. He speaks of how his heritage as the son of Cuban refugees influenced his decision to join the Peace Corps and how already being fluent in Spanish impacted his training. Garrido was stationed in the Lempira department (municipality) of Honduras. Figuring out how best to do his work on site helped him realize his strengths as a systems person, and that has driven his subsequent career. Garrido talked about the rewards and dangers of being a volunteer in Honduras at that time, and how he integrated with the community. He shared his continuing connection with the country because his wife and daughter are from there. Finally, Garrido discusses the importance of the Peace Corps and states that people of color should be more actively recruited. Interviewed and recorded by Candice Wiggum, December 9, 2018. 1 digital audio file.