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By Admin1 (admin) on Wednesday, August 01, 2001 - 11:49 pm: Edit Post

Geraldine Gillio-RPCV Iran XIII (1966-68) asks other Iran RPCVs who have
received her e-mail messages to respond ASAP to reserve places at the
country update and Persian dinner on Saturday September 22nd during the
National Conference in Washington, DC. Two volunteers are needed to carry
the Iranian flag to Arlington Cemetery on Sunday Sept. 23rd. Anyone wanting
to attend these activities should e-mail her at

By Geraldine Gillio on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 2:06 am: Edit Post

Looking for RPCVs in IRAN 66-68 Group 13.

This year is the 35th anniversary of our arrival in Iran. Like to know where you, how you are, and what yoou are doing now. If you have addresses of others in the group, please send them. I'm willing to write up a report to send out to those who respond so you can reconnect if you wish. Khodahafez, Gerry Gillio in NJ

By NR on Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 12:36 am: Edit Post

Iran 1975

I was traveling overland through Asia with another woman and a Peace Corps couple allowed us to spend the night with them-was probably northern Iran. I am an RPCV 80-82 Paraguay, but at the time just a "hippie". Anyone recall having us as guests?

By David Shannon ( on Thursday, July 01, 2004 - 12:28 am: Edit Post

I am a PCV Iran 14 - the last group there before the revolution. I have a good condition copy of "Bokhor" or "The Eat Book" a mimeographed, spiral bound volume of recipes for Iranian dishes for PCVs - shiny red cover, printed in 1973. Anybody interested in this? Negotiable.

By Jackie Spurlock ( - on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 - 1:49 am: Edit Post

Hi David. My husband Mike and I were also in the last group there, '74-'76. I also still have my copy of Bokhor, but mine is much used, tattered, and grease-speckled. Don't know how we would have survived there without it!

We have many happy memories of living in Abadeh, Riz, and Isfahan!

By john reback ( on Friday, October 01, 2004 - 3:37 pm: Edit Post

Tom Westhiemer where are you? PCV 1971 in Esfahan. John Reback is looking for you. The gatch palace still lives loud in my memory.Please contack me at John DOT reback AT springs DOT com. Or 608-222-0947

By JOEL HETTGER ( - on Wednesday, November 24, 2004 - 9:53 am: Edit Post

Does anyone know how many PCVs in Iran served in any of the forty+ towns named Aliabad? I only know of one. Joel Hettger, RPCV, Iran 1970-1972.

By Jennifer B-C Seaver ( - on Friday, January 14, 2005 - 12:16 pm: Edit Post

I have recently published the first novel set in Iran written by a RPCV. Journeys: A Novel of Iran is available at I'm looking for feedback as I begin the sequel. Thank you. Jennifer B-C Seaver (Rasht, Iran 1966-68)

By Mark Keough ( - on Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 12:38 am: Edit Post

Mark and Mahin Keough -- Iran Voc Ed 72-74 and training new vols for a year. Mahin was from Mashhad. I was in Borujen and Rasht, with training in Mashhad and Ali Shah Avaz. Looking for anyone who remembers us. Now in Long Beach California. You may have caught me on Iranian Pars TV a couple of time.

By Mark Keough ( - on Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 12:27 am: Edit Post

Mark and Mahin Keough -- Iran Voc Ed 72-74 and training new vols for a year. Mahin was from Mashhad. I was in Borujen and Rasht, with training in Mashhad and Ali Shah Avaz. Looking for anyone who remembers us. Now in Long Beach California. You may have caught me on Iranian Pars TV a couple of time.

By abbas Manesh ( - on Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 6:34 pm: Edit Post

Does anyone know "Norman" who served in Babol,Iran (northern Iran) around 1970-1972.
Norman and Miss Vankoup served in an orphanage in Babol,Iran.
Please email: abbas_manesh AT yahoo DOT com

By Hamid Noughani ( - on Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 3:51 pm: Edit Post

Does anyone know "Andrew" served in Ferdos in 1968-69 and left just after the earthquake. He was teaching english at a school.

By Shahrokh Firouzabadi ( - on Thursday, January 05, 2006 - 3:52 pm: Edit Post

My name is Shahrokh Firouzabadi, and I am looking for Dennis McCaughin. He taught an english class in Firouzabad, Iran around 1967. He was an inspiration to me. If anyone has any information, I would greatly appreciate it.

By JOEL HETTGER ( - on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 2:28 pm: Edit Post

Of the following Peace Corps locations in Iran, which one was the most remote?
Zabol, Tayebad, Khoy, Bidokht, Tabas or Sabzevar?

By Anonymous ( - on Monday, June 26, 2006 - 7:48 pm: Edit Post

Does anyone know anyone who would be a good candidate for this?

Development & Operations Director, PARSA Community Foundation

PARSA Community Foundation, a newly formed community foundation based in Redwood City, California, and operating with a global focus, is seeking a fulltime Development and Operations Director for its fast-paced efforts. The Foundation aims to encourage strategic philanthropy and social entrepreneurship among Iranian diaspora community members world-wide.

Interact in a sophisticated manner with high-level community leaders, board members, donors, vendors and members of the general public at large on behalf of the organization.
Help keep and coordinate all meeting notes. Schedule meetings with board as appropriate and follow through on action items for project development.
Research, develop and help implement foundation programs.
Recruit and identify programs for inclusion into a non-profit directory.
Manage and maintain the growth of the donor database, including tracking donor requests and communications, stewardship, data input and analysis. Research, manage and analyze donor prospect information and handle communications with foundations and prospective partners, and community leaders.
Help manage bid processes and relationships with contract staff and vendors.
Continue to develop website and launch it in a timely fashion.
Manage large projects such as a national philanthropy education campaign and a youth social venture program.
Recruit and retain a volunteer base.
Develop and deliver presentations to small and large audiences.
Write proposals for partnerships and survey other organizations for best practices.
Work will entail scheduling meetings and event coordination with partners in various locations globally.
Assist the Board Chair and other staff with day to day operations of the office, tracking expenses,
maintaining records, handling all correspondence and scheduling.

BA with 3-5+ years of relevant non-profit management and development experience, preferably with a non-profit foundation. Graduate degree a plus.
Strong analytic, communication, writing, problem-solving, program development and management skills essential.
Demonstrated capacity to exercise independent initiative and judgment essential.
Competence in office procedures and superlative computer skills and knowledge of programs including MS Office, Excel, and Powerpoint. Knowledge of website design and donor management and accounting software.
Ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
Knowledge of and/or affinity and experience working with Farsi and Iranian diaspora community a plus.
The ideal candidate is a strong generalist self-starter with extensive project management experience and flexibility dealing with different cultures, work cycles, and personality types.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

Interested applicants should apply to with a resume and cover letter.

By joel hettger on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 2:09 pm: Edit Post

I would like to recommend the book CAVIAR COAST by Peter Somerville-Large. London, Hale, 1968. Chapter 5 - 'Peace Corps' is a poignant narrative about the volunteers that served in the Caspian littoral provinces of Gilan and Mazenderan. Some of my old, 70-72, b&w Peace Corps photos of Iran are at follow the menu to Iran; click on 'thumbnail' icon.
Joel Hettger - 1970-72

By joel hettger on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 - 2:58 pm: Edit Post

I would like to recommend

By Joy Livingston on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 7:45 pm: Edit Post

My uncle was Gary Allums. He passed away about 5 years ago. He was employed by American Airlines in Dallas, Texas. He is survived by his wife Fae, who is from Terhan, one son, Suren, who recently got married, and one daughter, Ariana, who recently graduated from high school. His mother, Pauline, and two sisters, Gale and Clair, still reside in North Louisiana.

By Angela Rigby on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 10:12 am: Edit Post

I am researching for a book about Iran in 1978, set in Tabriz. Any Peace Corps Volunteers then with a story to tell, please get in touch.

By andrew engelman on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 8:27 am: Edit Post

This is Andrew Engelman. I served 67-69 in Iran in Ferdows and Sari. Would like to contact Jeff Curtis and Becky Corder and anyone else in Iran during those years with my training group in Brattleboro VT. thank you

By mehmet on Monday, September 08, 2003 - 10:45 am: Edit Post

I want to see about Mazenderan. I finished the parth of persian language and lıtharature
I m wonder of MAZENDARAN thanks for helping

By Tom Hughes ( - on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 3:16 pm: Edit Post

Today's earthquake tragedy in Bam, brought back a flood of memories about that city and friends from long ago, whose faces and personalities I can recall, but not any names. Help?

By Julia Herz ( on Saturday, May 08, 2004 - 10:50 pm: Edit Post

I was born and put up for adoption in the Washington, D.C. area in May 1968. My birth mom was in the Peace Corps and served in Iran sometime shortly before that.

I just recently had a daughter and am curious to find out anything I can about my birth mom and birth father and their related families, medical histories, etc.

Any information would be appreciated.

By Kazem Tavakoli ( on Monday, August 30, 2004 - 10:33 am: Edit Post

Dear friends,

I am looking for my former teacher, Mr. David P. Monroe, a peace corps member in Iran.
His first position was as an english teacher in Khorasan province (Fariman city) since 1969-1970 and his last position was as a deputy of medical bank in Tehran before Islamic Revolution of Iran.
If somebody has any information and news about him please inform me so I can communicate with my dear teacher.
Your cooperation is appreciated in advance.

Best Regards
Kazem Tavakoli


By Charles Duncan ( on Monday, September 13, 2004 - 8:48 pm: Edit Post

Iran 6 We trained in Logan Utah summer 1965. Jim Ricciardi, Henry Stephenson, where are you? Spent a few years on staff and my sons Adam and Gabriel were born in Tehran. Jay Crook, Cleo Shook and Don Kroll. Do those names bring back memories? John Newton, Mike Hillman, Roger Wangsness, Ginny. Where did forty years go??
Drop me a line. Charlie Duncan

By Abbas Manesh ( - on Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:28 pm: Edit Post

This message is for Catherine Wynkoop who served in 1968 - 1970 in Iran.
" please email: abbas_manesh AT yahoo DOT com.
I am happy to hear of you after 35 years."


By Abbas Manesh ( - on Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 5:02 pm: Edit Post

Thaks to "peace corps online".
I found Catherine Wynkoop,who served in Iran
1968-1970, after 35 years.


By chuck kaminski ( - on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 6:32 pm: Edit Post

I was in Iran in 1969-1971. Kermanshah.

By Gry Puro ( - on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 3:34 am: Edit Post

Looking for all who were in Iran I.
We met for 40 year aniv in CO in 2004
may do it again in 2009.
Email namlights at yahoo dot com

By Anonymous ( - on Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 9:44 pm: Edit Post

does any one know whereabouts or has heard from mr Lewis who taught in Pahlavi high school in Ahar, Iran in around 1969 / 1970 as a peace corp? Any comment would be appreciated.

By Arthur ( - on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 1:49 am: Edit Post

I am Looking for 3 peace corp people who lived with us in Shahrekord, Iran (east of Isfahan) around 1963-1965 ( 2 Males & one Female with name Christi or Christina)
Please contact us we( my Family) like to know you agin.

By Anonymous ( on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 10:03 am: Edit Post

My name is Ismaheel Ibraheem am looking for Abass that worknig with Iranian airline he travel down to nigeria with Iranian airline bringing muslim prigrims from saudi arabia unbehave of belview airline this year and we meet at cargo terminal of Muritalah muhammed airpot lagos i gave him my number i he promised to call me this is my number again,+2348076129894 or 2347032784267

By Steve Horowitz ( on Wednesday, October 08, 2008 - 7:35 pm: Edit Post

My e-mail was listed incorrectly.
It should be

It would be great to hear from anyone.
I was in Maragheh and Rasht 1968-71

Steve Horowitz

By kamran ( on Monday, October 20, 2008 - 2:22 am: Edit Post

This is Kamran. Training staff member. I need to find RPCVs and staff members that served in Iran 1969-1974
I am trying to organize a reunion for this bunch. Please send me any contact info that you may have.

By philip k price ( on Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:24 pm: Edit Post

Any former RPCVs ever try to go back to Iran for a visit? Thinking now might be a good time to try (new regime here) and wondering if anyone else has tried with success/no success. Was PC Iran 72-75, and did a stint with training incoming PCVs at Borugerd, i think it was 73.

Philip K Price

By Edward B. Thorn (hampton) ( on Friday, January 23, 2009 - 12:02 pm: Edit Post

E. Thorn's email address is

By Letty Alamia Valdez ( on Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 12:14 am: Edit Post

Looking for Debbie Boettcher (Odem). She served in Iran around 1970 to 73. I would like to get in touch She worked in Fisheries for the Iran Dept. of the Environment. I was studying wild sheep and goats.

By SHAHRIAR ABOLHASSAN TASH ( on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - 2:02 am: Edit Post

I am looking for Mr. Raymond Olitt. He served in Jahrom, Iran 1966 to 68. He was a friend of my father. Please send me any contact information that you may have. I have already found an email RHOLITT@AOL.COM, but I couldn't get in touch with him.

Thank you
Shahriar Abolhassan Tash

By Negar Khanlou ( on Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 8:20 pm: Edit Post

My name is Negar Khanlou and I am looking for Doctor Dan Blissing who served in Tabriz Iran in early 70s at the then the Asylum / psychiatric hospital.

By Negar Khanlou ( on Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 8:20 pm: Edit Post

My name is Negar Khanlou and I am looking for Doctor Dan Blissing who served in Tabriz Iran in early 70s at the then the Asylum / psychiatric hospital.

By mel orwig ( on Friday, May 19, 2017 - 8:49 pm: Edit Post

I'm trying to connect with John Newton who served in the Peace Corp in Iran from 1964-68. My name is Mel Orwig and I live in Loveland ,CO.

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