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. 5: Kate Hamann | Paraguay

Kate and I had a great time talking about motherhood and her experiences as an early elementary education volunteer in Paraguay.  I really enjoyed hearing her story about meeting her husband, her process of figuring out their relationship, coming back to Paraguay, deciding that she was going to marry him, and then bringing him back to the US.  I guess I'm just a romantic at heart!  

It was also interesting to hear how the dynamics of their relationship slightly changed once they were both back in the states, with him having to adjust to a completely different world.  I think this is a common experience for many RPCVs who marry someone from the country where they served.  It definitely adds another element to the whole readjustment process.  At the same time, it's refreshing to hear about someone who has been able to maintain a lasting connection with the country where they served.

Kate making some food in the campo

Kate making some food in the campo

One of the teachers at Kate's school working with some third grade students

One of the teachers at Kate's school working with some third grade students

Kate with her future husband, Juan

Kate with her future husband, Juan

Kate Hamann is currently a third grade Spanish teacher at a bilingual school in Washington, DC.  She served as an early elementary education volunteer in Paraguay from 2006 to 2008, where she met her husband, Juan.  Kate received her BA in Political Science  from the University of Southern California.  In 2010, she received her MA in International Education and Latin American Studies from the Elliott School of International Studies at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.  Kate currently lives in DC with her husband and daughter.

Kate with her daughter

Kate with her daughter