Corps Conversations

Life after Peace Corps Podcast with RPCV Astrid Vinje

A podcast about returned Peace Corps volunteers and life after Peace Corps. Twice a month, RPCV, Astrid Vinje, interviews fellow Peace Corps volunteers about their experience during and after their service.
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Corps Conversations Ep. 4: Ryan Foster | Ukraine

Ryan and I had a lot of fun talking about his Peace Corps experience in the Ukraine.  Unlike the typical volunteer, he actually knew a lot about the country that he served prior to joining the Peace Corps, having studied the Ukraine extensively during his undergraduate studies.  So it was good to hear about his reaction to being able to experience first-hand what he had studied.  Also, considering we served in completely different regions of the world, it was interesting to hear how some parts of his experience differed from mine, while other parts of our experiences were quite similar.  I suppose there are plenty of aspects of the volunteer experience that are universal.

Kyiv, Ukraine (Photo sourced from

Kyiv, Ukraine (Photo sourced from

Ryan currently works at the Department of Health and Human Services.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, and earned his Master’s in International Development Studies from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.  Ryan served as a Youth Development volunteer in the Ukraine, where he worked to encourage civic engagement among Ukrainian youth.  He currently lives in Washington, DC.