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Peace Corps Morocco 1969, 1970 and 1971 50th Anniversary reunion
September 17-18, 2021
Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol
33 New York Avenue NE, Washington, D.C., 20002-3325 United States
+1 202 289 5599

Compilations of memories and life histories by attending and distant volunteers

George Gorayeb

Interview with George Gorayeb, October 14, 2020 Tetouan & Marrakech from 1971-73
Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project
Interview Accession Number: 2020oh0572_pcrv0061
Interviewer: Evelyn Ganzglass
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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George Gorayeb served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco from 1971-73, worked in the office responsible for staging at Peace Corps headquarters in 1974, and as deputy Peace Corps director in Yemen from 1975-77. In the first year he taught English in an all-boys Islamic Institute in Tetouan and in the second year in a co-ed school in Marrakech. He talks about the profound respect for Islam he gained as a Syrian-American Christian in Moslem countries and his challenges as an Arabic-speaking volunteer. He speaks about Peace Corps' impact on peoples' lives in Yemen; the impact of the cross-cultural relationships on volunteers and host-country nationals; and the impact service had on his life, including his career in international marketing and his Third goal activities to educate Americans about Islam. See his video on Islam posted by Rick Steve https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/video/travel-talks/understanding-islam. He concludes with a heartfelt pitch about why people should join the Peace Corps.


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