Iran RPCVs Plan Full Schedule of Events for Peace Corps Connect: Boston
By Erica Burman on Friday, May 24th, 2013
“Please come to Boston in the summertime!” This is the message Peace Corps Iran Association is sending members in preparation for its second major reunion in two years. The Boston event will be held in conjunction with NPCA’s Peace Corps Connect, June 28-30. We couldn’t agree more that Peace Corps Connect will be a fabulous opportunity to connect with old friends, as well as make friends you never knew you had: your fellow RPCVs who have served in every era, in every region of the world. But don’t just take it from us… here’s what they have to say:
Peace Corps Iran Association (PCIA) — a newly formed nonprofit celebrating Peace Corps’ work in Iran between 1962 and 1976 and supporting our members in bringing the goals and ideals of Peace Corps into Americans’ dialogue about present-day Iran — was born out of a highly successful reunion held in Portland in 2011. A survey of those attendees indicated strong interest in another gathering. It occurred to us that by holding it at and within NPCA’s event, we could make our own job easier, while building attendance for Peace Corps Connect and offering our members a comprehensive valuable program. PCIA members will register and attend through NPCA.
A major focus for PCIA will be tapping the energy that our time in Peace Corps instilled, and soliciting ideas for projects and collaborations that build connections among our members and in our communities.
We have a full weekend planned!
We will begin on Thursday afternoon with a strategic planning session for our board at the Environmental Protection Agency’s offices in downtown Boston, organized through a collaboration with that agency.
Our kickoff dinner will take place on Thursday evening. Attendees will engage with each other over dinner in a World Café- style program, sparking insight and ideas on our organization’s purpose, priorities, and potential for building community.
As Peace Corps Connect begins on Friday morning, PCIA will host one of its first programs, a panel organized by members Kendall Dudley and Tom Huf. The Complex, Vivid Life of Today’s Iran: Reflections and Next Steps for Iran PCVs and PC Friends will highlight contemporary life in Iran through the experiences of Iranian graduate students in counterpoint to those of Peace Corps volunteers in Iran. Discussion will focus on ways RPCVs can channel and leverage their energies in meaningful ways.
Other plans for the weekend include an exhibit table, a Middle Eastern dinner at a local restaurant, a room for gathering and socializing, and continuing work on gathering oral histories, a project begun at the Portland reunion. We have arranged dormitory accommodations for our members at a nearby university, as well as hotel discounts, and the weekend will culminate with a visit to the Kennedy Library on Sunday morning.
We are grateful to NPCA for allowing us to use Peace Corps Connect as a framework for our own event. We can’t wait to bring our collective experiences together in Boston and begin reconnecting and brainstorming ways to carry our Peace Corps experience forward into our daily lives!
We agree! Check out the great schedule of events, round up a few friends and come to Boston! REGISTER TODAY!