VOLUNTEER STORIES

Many American Peace Corps Volunteers have written about their experiences in Iran as they learned about the people and culture with whom they lived and worked.  The Peace Corps Iran Association has been gathering these personal stories as part of its mission to preserve our legacy.

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One set of stories emerged from PCIA sponsored conferences in Portland, OR (2011) and Austin Texas (2015) and sessions at National Peace Corps Association Gatherings (2013).  Organized by John Krauskopf, a popular activity at these sessions is the reading of stories written by PCIA members.

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Additional stories have been submitted directly to the PCIA website.  Together, they represent a picture of Iran between 1962 to 1976 as seen through the eyes of Peace Corps Volunteers.

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Memories of Terry O’Donnell – by Jim Endicott

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Building a School in Chashm  – by David Garrett

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Double-Decker Donkey  by Steve Horowitz  (Includes audio version.)

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The Border – by Steve Horowitz (Includes audio version.)

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Dervishes – by Steve Horowitz

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Bakhshesh and the Western Psyche by John Krauskopf

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Looking for Love, I Discovered the Peace Corps by John Krauskopf (John tells about the night JFK announced the creation of the Peace Corps.)

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My Elephant Thinks of India – by Mary Marks

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Reunion with Parmiz – by Jennifer B.C. Seaver

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Yaik-e-Bood Yaik-e Nabood – by Ann Taaffe

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In My House You are Welcome – by Patricia Walsh

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Stories by Volunteers Who Assisted with Earthquake Relief in 1968by Cris Klein, Tom Nelson, John Holehan, and Bob Greenberg

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