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Director's Welcome

Welcome to Botswana, affectionately known as the "Gem of Africa"! This title reflects the beauty and richness of our nation, characterized by its diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife, and vibrant culture. From the vast expanse of the Kalahari Desert to the lush Okavango Delta, Botswana captivates visitors with its natural wonders and warm hospitality.

The U.S. Peace Corps was welcomed by the Government of Botswana in 1966. To say that a lot has changed since then would be a gross understatement. Botswana has literally transformed itself over the past fifty years and is a model for what African nations can achieve through hard work and good governance. Peace Corps briefly departed Botswana in 1997 given Botswana’s high level of development. We returned in 2003 when invited back by former President Mogae to assist in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic. More than 2,900 Volunteers have served in Botswana over the past five decades.

We are excited to announce the return of our Volunteers, who are once again on the ground, working hand in hand with local partners to address pressing needs and promote sustainable development.

Volunteers in Botswana work hand in hand with community partners to address their needs with a focus on youth health and wellbeing, including HIV/AIDS, education and community economic development. Whether they are co-teaching life skills in rural schools, supporting public health campaigns, or engaging in gender equity activities, or strengthening the capacity of communities to be more resilient, our Volunteers are making a tangible difference in the lives of Botswana's people.

I invite you to explore the stories of our Volunteers, which showcase their dedication, resilience, and the meaningful impact they are making in communities across Botswana. These stories reflect the spirit of partnership and mutual understanding that defines the Peace Corps mission.

As we embark on this journey together, let us continue to work together to build a brighter future for Botswana. Together, we can create positive change and foster lasting friendships that transcend borders.

Amy Patanasinth
Acting Country Director, Peace Corps Botswana