John Krauskopf, moderator.
This session is a continuation of PCIA’s highly popular practice at our conferences of holding readings by Iran volunteers about their Peace Corps experiences. This is an opportunity to showcase your writing. Or just come and relax. Be prepared to be carried back to your Peace Corps days, listening to the humorous, insightful, lighthearted, and moving adventures of Iran Peace Corps volunteers back in the day. See the companion session, “Getting Published,” below.
John was in the Iran VI TEFL group that trained at The University of Texas at Austin in 1965. His Peace Corps site was Ahwaz. In 1968 and 69, he worked as an RPCV on Iran TEFL programs for the Experiment in International Living both stateside and in-country. After supervising a summer program in Arak, he joined the staff of a training program for architects, engineers and city planners in Babolsar. John retired after thirty-five years in cross-cultural education, the last part as director of an intensive ESL (English as a Second Language) Institute. He has been writing in three areas: Trains (a fascination with electric rail that has resulted in two pieces published in a national magazine); Peace Corps/cross-cultural, with stories about Iran published in two Peace Corps anthologies; and a history of a resort property in Michigan. John also participated in the making of the Emmy award-winning documentary about the beginning of the Peace Corps, “The Passing of the Torch.” John’s book, Iran – Stories from the Peace Corps, was published in 2014. John is on the Board of Directors of Peace Corps Iran Association.