ABOUT PEACE CORPS IRAN ASSOCIATION

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MISSION STATEMENT

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Peace Corps Iran Association advances peace and understanding between Americans and Iranians through education, outreach and advocacy, and upholds the legacy of the Peace Corps in Iran

Peace Corps Iran Association Core Values

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  • EXPERIENCE

We value the experience and knowledge of Iran and its people that our members have acquired through Peace Corps.  We seek to preserve and share the legacy of our experience. We believe the experience of living in another culture shaped our worldview and commitment to giving back.

  • MAKING A DIFFERENCE

We aspire to make a difference by speaking up in accordance with our mission and goals.  

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

We value diversity of experience and opinion, and believe understanding is achieved through open mindedness, inclusiveness, and respectful dialogue.  

  • INTEGRITY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

We are accountable to our members and donors to ensure that our activities meet the highest ethical standards of organizational and personal integrity.  We are good stewards of the time, talent, and treasure of our members and volunteers.  We practice sound financial management.

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Who We Are

PCIA membership consists of  volunteers and staff who served in Iran, Americans and Iranians who seek peace and understanding, and all who support the goals of PCIA. We do this mainly by sharing the unique perspectives of  members, organizing reunions and conferences open to all.  We also engage in education, outreach and advocacy. In keeping with the vision outlined by President Kennedy in 1961 to “bring the world home,” we believe our experiences and appreciation of Iran will make a positive contribution to the ongoing debates about US policy with regard to Iran and promote a deeper understanding of this important ancient and contemporary culture.

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Peace Corps Volunteers served in Iran from 1962 to 1976. During this time 1748 Americans were volunteers and 365 Iranians and Americans were staff members. The Peace Corps Iran Association (PCIA) was incorporated in the State of Oregon in 2012 after an enormously successful reunion of Iran volunteers in Portland in the summer of 2011 attended by over 300 people in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. Presently, the organization counts over 500 members and  250 additional people with whom we communicate via email.

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Our mission statement makes clear that our purpose is to foster a better understanding of Iran on the part of Americans and encourage dialogue between the people and the nations of Iran and the United States. This is our way of interpreting the Third Goal of Peace Corps to “help Americans understand the people and cultures of other countries.”  Looking forward, we hope to actively build positive cultural narratives about America and Iran, and thus continue to fulfill the goals of Peace Corps articulated by President Kennedy more than 50 years ago.

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At present, PCIA publishes a monthly news bulletin, From the Field, that provides news and action alerts; and a semi-annual newsletter, KhabarNameh, which includes cultural information, book reviews, Iran travel information, short Peace Corps vignettes by volunteers, and interviews with Iran RPCVs who have implemented Peace Corps ideals in their lives and careers. These well-received publications, emailed to members and non-members, allow PCIA to engage the Iran Peace Corps Community.  We seek to share this rich amount of information about Iran with a larger audience beyond our membership and allow for interactivity among like minded people by means of this website.

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We believe the information provided by PCIA will offer a new way of thinking for those whose only exposure to Iran has been through TV and print media. Its content for the interested public will include:

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  • News: The place to visit to find out what’s going on—with Iran and with PCIA.
  • Upcoming Events/Calendar: Announcements about films, lectures, art events, books, websites, TV shows, and other cultural resources vital to updating our knowledge of Iran and our empathy for one another;
  • Writing about Iran: A place for Peace Corps Volunteers and others to post vignettes and memoirs about their time in Iran.
  • Traveling to Iran: Current information of the ins and outs of Iran travel. Visitors who have toured Iran also share their photographs, experiences, and insights about current conditions in Iran.
  • Reading about Iran: Book and journal reviews and discussion.

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In addition to the above mentioned content, PCIA hosts a Facebook group that features postings of news articles from around the world, information about cultural events of interest, and an opportunity to post comments.

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/PeaceCorpsIranAssociation/ 

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We believe the information on this website will encourage Iran RPCVs to strengthen their connection with Iran and become more articulate and energized in their efforts to build communication links within their local communities between Iranians and Americans.  To this end, the website becomes a vital engine in focusing the potential of our 500+ members to accomplish what none of us can do as individuals.

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To join PCIA, please send an email to doug@peacecorpsiran.org  .

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PCIA does not collect dues.  However, we appreciate donations which can be mailed to Treasurer, PCIA, 1040 Dakota Ave, Wayland, IA 52654.

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Please note:  Peace Corps Iran Association is an official IRS recognized 501(c)3 charitable and educational corporation.  Donations to PCIA are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.