Pre-Interview Outline


  • Could you please tell me your name?
  • What country are you originally from?
  • When did you leave for the U.S.? How old were you?

Life and Family in Venezuela

  • What was Venezuela like before you left?
  • What was your relationship with your family?
  • How did your family fare economically?
  • How were you as a child and as a teen?
  • What do you remember about your community in Venezuela? Were there any defining historical events?


  • Why did you decide to come to the U.S.?
  • Did anyone come with you?  Who did you leave behind in Venezuela?
  • How did you feel about leaving Venezuela?  How long did you plan on staying in the U.S.?
  • Where did you first settle and whom did you stay with?
  • How did you adjust to your new living conditions?
  • How did community members receive you?

 Life in the United States

  • Did you attend school after arriving here?
  • What kinds of jobs did you have?
  • Did you move within the U.S.?
  • What were your expectations of the U.S.? How did your expectations compare to reality?


  • When did you start your family?
  • How many children do you have? Could you tell me about them?
  • What hopes did you/do you have for your children?
  • Do you have any grandchildren?
  • Do you still keep in touch with your family in Venezuela?


  • Have you maintained ties with Venezuela and/or Venezuelan culture?
  • How often do you return to Venezuela?
  • How are you involved in the Hanover community? In Lawrence, MA? In Caracas, Venezuela?
  • How do you identify yourself?
  • What are some of your hobbies?