YouTube Video about Farsi

This YouTube video begins with background information about Farsi and leads into how to learn Farsi.  However, it uses “Persian” rather than “Farsi.”



Download the June 2017 From the Field here.



One of the most rewarding activities for PCIA is reuniting people who knew each other years ago in Iran. We regularly receive requests for help in finding RPCVs or PC staff members, and we’re often successful.

In August, 2011, as our first-ever reunion began in Portland, OR, Idaho Public Television journalist Marcia Franklin made her way to the “Dezful” table. Having produced a documentary about her 2003 trip to Iran to report on the environmental movement there, Marcia had been invited to Portland to show the film and share her insights.

But she had a secondary mission – to help her Boise friend Azam Houle locate the Peace Corps volunteer who had served in the ancient city of Dezful  in the 1960’s when she and her sister Ezzat and their siblings were growing up. The volunteer’s name was Paul Levering, but in Dezful, he was known as “Mr. Paul.”

To read Ezzat’s story about finding “Mr. Paul,” click here.

Jackie Spurlock provides a behind-the-scenes look into how the search transpired.  Then Paul Levering tells about what happened after he was “found.”  Read these two articles by clicking here.


To read both PDF files in one download, click here.


The Peace Corps supports RPCVs, encouraging us to tell our stories.

Here is why:  Personal stories are memorable. Evidence suggests we are hard-wired to receive and learn information better in story form. Stories are powerful. Stories combat stereotypes.

Here is how:

Here are reasons for Iran RPVs to tell their stories.


  • The Peace Corps has a website dedicated to telling our stories.  On the page where we can select stories from various countries Iran was not listed.  We know there are Iran stories to be told.  This is one reason we will have a story telling workshop at the conference and reunion Oct 29 – Nov 1.
  • Telling our stories supports our mission statement which calls for us to take actions to promote a  better understanding of Iran on the part of Americans.






Wikipedia on Iranian Americans

Iranian Americans or Persian Americans, are Americans of Iranian ancestry or people possessing Iranian and American dual citizenship. Iranian Americans are among the highest educated people in the United States.[10][11] They have historically excelled in business, academia, the sciences, arts, and entertainment – but have traditionally shied away from participating in American politics and other civic activities.[12]

Based on a 2012 announcement from “National Organization for Civil Registration”, which is an organization of the Ministry of Interior of Iran, the United States has the highest number of Iranians outside the country, and the highest number after Iran itself.[6]


Read the complete Wikipedia article by clicking here.