Jane Hale served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad from 1970 to 1972. She was already proficient in French before applying to the Peace Corps. She began training in Quebec at Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere, and continued training in Niamey, Niger. Her preparation included teacher training, student teaching, and instruction in Chadian Arabic. In Chad, Hale was stationed in Abéché, where she taught English as a foreign language (TEFL) in a lycée (secondary school) that provided no text books. The interview includes a thoughtful discussion of “cross-cultural training,” as well as a description of the delicate role of a Peace Corps volunteer in an area where there were many European workers.
Photos from Jane’s Service
Interviewed and recorded by Phyllis Noble, August 8, 2016, as part of the JFK RPCV Oral History Project.