Photos from Betsy’s Service
Elizabeth (Betsy) Gallery’s Peace Corps Story
Where and when did you serve? What did you do?
Nkongsamba, East Cameroun 1963
What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories?
Seeing the tiny gazelle eating from our salad dishes in Yaounde where I spent some time with a French boyfriend. And the beach at Kribi.And trveling the Ring Road in the north on a motorcycle with another volunteer. And being the only white person at a big New Year’s Eve dance. Teaching art at the local Mission because the art teacher had been assigned to teach art and did not know anything about it. Years after leaving Africa, I lived in Spain and returned to E. Cameroun where a former student recognized me in a supermarket.
What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories?
Hearing the police beat my “boy” (as they were called then–he was an adult) when I caught him stealing money from my purse.
What do you miss about Peace Corps?
The sense of discovery about an exotic (to me) country, the rain forest and traveling to Bamenda and Foumban.
What is something you learned in the Peace Corps?
An appreciation for African art, an understanding about the role of colonialism in the third world, and the feeling of “we are all in this together.”