|By Admin1 (admin) (188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 11:26 am: Edit Post|
1966: Bill Parks served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran in Saquez and Sanadaj beginning in 1966
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Bill Parks can be contacted at wjparksacharterdnet
Country of Service: Iran
Training Group: Iran XI - Health - Brattleboro, VT
Cities you served in: Saquez and Sanadaj
Arrival Year: 1966
Departure Year: 1968
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
After traveling home via Europe with PC friends, Jim and Marilyn, I returned to California and quickly enrolled back in college. After completing college, I began teaching and finished my last 20+ years as a school administrator- two elementary school principalships and one junior high school principalship. I met my wife of 39 years while in graduate school. We are both enjoying retirement have have two great kids and one fantastic son-in-law. I've enjoyed teaching university and junior college classes, but find it difficult to "give up" the freedom of retirement.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
Like most PC volunteers, I think I received more than I gave. During my stay in Iran, I appreciated the many opportunities to socialize with the people in Saquez and Sanadaj. I quickly gained a great appreciation of our many Kurdish friends and the diverse culture of Iran. While in Iran, I grew up and returned with an appreciation of our small world.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
I was able to keep in contact with some of the folks in our small Iran XI group, but eventually lost contact. Jim Zdon, Jim Sampson, Bo Razak, Joe, Marilyn Hake, Ronnie.
Any message for returned volunteers?:
Continue to give back. We need to reconnect.
Originally posted: 3/18/2009
Peace Corps Annual Report: 1966; Peace Corps Iran; Directory of Iran RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Iran RPCVs
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