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Annabel Khouri
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  • Lakewood, OH
  • United States
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Part-time job opportunity

I'm sharing this info from a contact whom I've met through my work. Her name is Su He and she can be reached via email at …Continue

Started Sep 10, 2018

Peace Corps: Cleveland Field-Based Recruiter

Peace Corps is actively looking for RPCV’s that have NCE status that are passionate about Peace Corps and would like to be a Recruiter. Duties: Cleveland Field–Based RecruiterSummaryThis position is…Continue

Tags: recruiter, corps, peace

Started Sep 19, 2017

Ethnic Dinner - Kafaya's Kitchen

Nine NORVA members joined together to eat a delicious meal prepared at Kafaya's Kitchen (3650 W 117th St) in Cleveland. This is a wonderful spot to grab authentic Somali food from Kafaya and her…Continue

Tags: food, rpcvs, norva, somali, kitchen

Started Mar 16, 2017

Job Opp: Teach For America - Director, Collective Impact in Cleveland

Let me know if interested. I don't see this posted on their website, but spoke with their recruiter last week about this opening and can connect anyone interested. Title: Director, Collective…Continue

Started Jun 5, 2016


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Annabel Khouri is attending Cinda Coldwell's event

Bi-Annual Soups of the World event, November 11, 2017 - Save the Date at The Nash

November 11, 2017 from 6pm to 10pm
Save the date for our Bienniall Soups of the World EventDATE: Saturday, November 11,  2017TIME:  6:00 PMPLACE: The NASH ( on E 80th in the historic Slavic Village).  More details to follow -  This is going to be an exciting one, and we plan to bring together our international community to celebrate cultural diversity.  See More
Oct 19, 2017
Annabel Khouri is attending Amy E. Moniot's event

RPCV Lunch with Case Western Reserve University at Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern

October 20, 2017 from 12:30pm to 2pm
Calling all RPCVs at Case Western Reserve University!We know you're out there, furiously working away and wishing you had time to connect with the RPCV network in Cleveland. So we're bringing the network to you! Join us for an informal lunch with RPCV students, staff, faculty and alumni. We'll meet at the Happy Dog so you can zip right over. You have to eat anyway, might as well do it with us! See More
Sep 27, 2017
Annabel Khouri is attending Amy E. Moniot's event

Cultural Music Night! at The Bop Stop

October 3, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Join us for an amazing night of Malian music with Yacouba Sissoko, master kora player and husband of former NORVA co-president, Miranda Lange! Yacouba is a masterful performer, engaging audiences with beautiful music that tells the stories of his homeland, Mali. He will be playing at Cleveland's Bop Stop, a historic jazz club in the Ohio City neighborhood on October 3. We hope to see you there, it's guaranteed to be a magical evening! You must purchase tickets directly from the Bop Stop, but…See More
Sep 22, 2017
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Peace Corps: Cleveland Field-Based Recruiter

Peace Corps is actively looking for RPCV’s that have NCE status that are passionate about Peace Corps and would like to be a Recruiter. Duties: Cleveland Field–Based RecruiterSummaryThis position is placed in the Regional Recruitment Office under the jurisdiction of the Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection, Peace Corps. The incumbent serves as Volunteer Recruiter under the direct supervision of the Regional Recruitment Supervisor and subsequently the Regional Manager. The purpose of…See More
Sep 19, 2017

Profile Information

Peace Corps affiliation.
Where did you serve and when did you serve in Peace Corps?
Kenya 96-98, Small Business Advisor
What are your interests and how would you like to be involved with NORVA?
Main passion is sustainable development and, particularly, sustainable agriculture. As often as possible I join the group at the 2nd Sunday meal and enjoy going to other NORVA events. I also love working with NORVA / RPCVs to help with 3rd goal activities. Let me know if you are interested in helping out!
What keeps you busy these days?
My day job as a Peace Corps recruiter and my urban farm -

Bay Branch Farm: urban market garden in Lakewood, OH

Increase Peace: do you know someone who would make a great PCV? Invite them to learn more.  

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Akron Global Village Festival

The Akron Global Village Festival was held yesterday at Lock 3. RPCVs from various decades came to share Peace Corps stories with members of the Akron community. Pictured above from left to right are Jimmy Filon, Romania (2000's); Phil Leber, India (1960's); Tony Paparella, Sierra Leone (1980's); Annabel Khouri, Kenya (1990's). Thanks also to Susan Wuscher and…


Posted on September 14, 2015 at 8:42am

Host an International Visitor - 4th Annual Fulbright Scholar Weekend


This is a great way to meet people from around the world! I hosted two Fulbright students in the past and this is an amazing program. Don't miss out on this fun chance to give back. 

Cleveland Council on World Affairs

4th Annual Fulbright Scholar Weekend

Friday evening August…


Posted on July 20, 2015 at 2:44pm

Why RPCVs Engage with Peace Corps

If you served in Peace Corps, you are well aware of the 3rd goal. But, did you know that you can get cool swag from Peace Corps by registering your 3rd goal activities/presentations? If you register two weeks in advance of your event, you'll receive a packet of materials, including stickers, a world map, a Peace Corps bag, and possibly even a calendar! You could share your experience with…


Posted on May 6, 2015 at 10:10pm

NORVA Ethnic Dinner - Taste of India Review

Indian fare may not be that exotic to many RPCVs who are used to sampling foods of unknown origin. The bigger surprise was the turnout: 11 people showed up for the dinner in Cuyahoga Falls illustrating that there are indeed RPCVs outside of Cleveland eager for connection. In fact, the group informally agreed upon a future dinner at a local Nepali restaurant (details to come soon and worth the trek from what I hear). 

The food was definitely tasty, albeit maybe a tad hot for some of…


Posted on April 29, 2015 at 11:15am

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At 9:53pm on May 19, 2015, Chau Ngo said…

Thanks Annabel! We had fun and can't wait to the next meeting!

At 2:30pm on June 3, 2014, Corina Chang said…

Hi Annabel.

Thank you for introducing yourself. I look forward to meeting you soon.


At 10:09am on October 31, 2013, Margaret Darling Callahan said…

It was so nice to meet you!  I would love to meet up again soon and exchange PC/K stories.  Thanks so much for having me to participate in the panel on Tuesday night.  I really enjoyed it!

At 5:55pm on October 18, 2013, Margaret Darling Callahan said…

Hi Annabel,

Thank you for your message!  I was in Khayega, a small village near Kakamega in Western Kenya.

I am very interested in getting involved with third goal activities!  Please let me know what I can do to help.

Looking forward to meeting you!


At 5:56pm on August 29, 2011, Meredith Aggers O'Brien said…
Oh that's great! I'm definitely in. Let me know how I can help and the role you see me fulfilling and I'll get to work. I'm really looking forward to being a part of it!
At 11:24pm on February 24, 2010, Jay Mokotoff said…
Hello Annabel -- I just did a google search for RPCV organizations in Ohio and came across NORVA. I live in Clev. Heights and was in the PC from 94-97 in the Dominican Republic. I have lived in Ohio for approx. 5 years.

Who is "in charge" of NORVA -- I see you are the secretary, are there other board members? I'm interested to see what types of activities/functions NORVA is involved with.

Also, my mother-in-law is the manager at Ten Thousand Villages (a nonprofit fair trade retailer/craft store that returns profits to international artisans). She is interested in discussing potential opportunities (events, sharing experiences, etc.) for both Ten Thousand Villages and RPCVs. Is there someone you can refer me to for her to discuss this with, or would you be willing to discuss this w/ her. My e-mail address is: and cell phone is 216-272-2275, if you wish to contact me. Thank you, Jay
At 12:43am on December 16, 2009, Christy Bartley said…
Thanks for setting this up! I'm still working my way around the page. I'll keep you posted as I spend more time on it.

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