Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Ernest Wilson
WILSON: It was primarily a learning experience and an opportunity to “get my feet wet” and to learn more about what the Agency was about and what it was doing, etc. As I said, it was a relatively large mission. There was a large military training group there, too. So, there were lots of Americans around.
Q: You finished up in Ethiopia in what year?
WILSON: In 1965.
Transferred to USAID/Brazil — 1965
Q: Where did you go then?
WILSON: From there, I went to Brazil.
Q: Quite a shift. Did you have any say in where you went?
WILSON: I asked to go to Brazil.
Q: Why was that?
WILSON: I had an interest in Latin America.
Q: Where did that interest come from?
WILSON: From college. Spanish history. I had taken some Spanish language courses in college. At that time, Brazil was one of the larger USAID programs overseas. As I found out when I got there, it was much larger than I had anticipated. In the northeast, there was a branch or a sub-mission that had 50-60 U.S. direct hires.
Q: So, you were still doing audit functions at that time?