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Annabel Khouri
  • Female
  • Lakewood, OH
  • United States
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Annabel Khouri's Discussions

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 commented on Charity Rose McDonald's event Cultural Dinner - Bay Branch Farm Potluck
"Hi all,  Looking forward to seeing you at the farm for tomorrow's potluck! Weather forecast looks promising for enjoying the outdoors. I'll be making a kale, quinoa salad, fresh tomatoes, and maybe pickles or salsa verde to highlight…"
Sep 15, 2018
Annabel Khouri is attending Charity Rose McDonald's event

Cultural Dinner - Bay Branch Farm Potluck at Cleveland

September 16, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Join fellow NORVA members and friends of Peace Corps at an upcoming potluck dinner at Bay Branch Farm. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Hope to see you there!See More
Sep 12, 2018
Annabel Khouri posted a discussion

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 Her message is below:"I have a part-time English teaching position looking for candidates. I would need probably 10-15 teachers, English native speakers. It is an online classroom setting teaching Chinese kids (K-12) English, with established software and materials. The class hours are 0.5…See More
Sep 10, 2018
Annabel Khouri is attending Joseph D Younger's event

Meet Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen at Market Garden Brewery

June 27, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
NORVA members and friends can chat with Dr. Jody Olsen, newly confirmed as the Peace Corps' 20th director, at a social hour at the Market Garden Brewery (next to the West Side Market) in Cleveland. Space will be limited, so please…See More
Jun 26, 2018

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…


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…


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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