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Stories from Botswana

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Botswana.

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Four Volunteers walk together towards a mountain on their vacation in Malawi

Peace Corps’ Virtual Service provides a unique opportunity for U.S. citizens to donate their services and collaborate online with counterparts abroad on short-term projects. Early pilot participants were also returned Peace Corps Volunteers and for many, engaging online with dedicated counterparts inspired them to serve once more in person.

Paul O'Brien works on a movie.

Paul O’Brien went to Botswana with the idea that, besides his service with the Peace Corps, he’d find stories. He’s a storyteller, after all.

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February is nationally recognized as African American History Month.

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I observed the row of beaming faces in front of me, and felt an overwhelming sense of happiness. Today marked one year with these bright, young superstars in Botswana.

Pamela Watkins

Though they represent less than 5% of the overall Volunteer population, Americans over the age of 50 are a valuable asset to the Peace Corps community.

A Asian American female stands with her friends who are wearing traditional dress. Photo in black and white.

I met her at the soccer field next to the primary school. She stared at me with big, bright eyes. “You are China and lekgoa,” she said.

Students work on computers in the newly renovated library.

Libraries make information more accessible and provide places for people of all ages to read, study and learn about the larger world. They’re also valuable as community meeting spaces and technology hubs.

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Dear development workers and community partners, we may be doing it all wrong.

Katherine and Baolopi

When Peace Corps Botswana Volunteer Katherine Shulock first arrived in her village, local health providers wanted additional support to address a growing amount of young people in their community becoming HIV-positive.

Youth celebrate completing their Grassroot Soccer program

Peace Corps Botswana Volunteer Darren and his co-worker Larona, a community social worker, recently participated in a ten day long camp aimed at providing psycho-social support and health education to 56 youth from rural communities across the Bobirwa sub-district in Botswana.

Group of youth leaders gathered for a photo after youth leadership training.

26 days ago, I stepped foot on the African continent for the first time and became a temporary resident of the beautiful country of Botswana.

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In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness month, Peace Corps Botswana Driver Thobo Tomeltso has penned this poem on the devastating impact gender based violence has on communities and people across Botswana and the world.

supply chain management session

But those moments—moments that can dishearten the patient, overwork the staff, and burden the system—are not as hopeless as one might think. The moments of “ga gona” are on the decline! 

Juby Peacock wanted to honor her friend and former Peace Corps Volunteer Daniella Montemarano in a special way. Listen to her moving message here.

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Happy International Education Week!

Bettie Anderson

While most try to remember that they should never take life for granted, Bettie Anderson of Chesapeake, Va., chooses to live by that principle.