Stories from Lesotho

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

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Aparna with her host mother, wearing traditional seshoeshoe clothing.

As much as the corporate world contrasts with the Peace Corps lifestyle, I credit my success in my career to the skills I learned as a Volunteer.

A Black woman leans on a school desk, smiling in front of her students, who are working on an assignment in the background

HBCUs, or historically Black colleges and universities, are an important component of Black history in the United States.

Small high school in the brown mountains with a blue sky.

About 7 years ago, I served with the Peace Corps in a small mountainous village in Lesotho where I taught English at a rural primary school.

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Teachers often hear, “Why do I need to know this?” from their students. Although it’s usually coming from a place of frustration rather than inquiry, it’s a fair question. Finding an answer that is satisfactory in my students’ minds can be especially difficult but, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I try my best to find the response that will motivate them. For my students who want to work in STEM, I’ve recently found a stellar way to answer their question.

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Gabrielle and Host Brother hiking

I had my reservations about meeting my host family. I wondered if I, a first generation Tanzanian American, would fit their preconceived notion of a Peace Corps volunteer. 

Gao with some students
One day as I was sitting in my rondaval, looking at the people who were passing by my host mother’s tiny shop, I saw that my host sister was talking to a boy.
Dave Gorman and Tumi Taabe pose with kids on bikes

It’s been over 25 years since my Peace Corps service in the Kingdom of Lesotho, in southern Africa. 

Primary school mural in Lesotho

If I were to paint a picture of where I spent 24 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I would paint steep, green mountains and snow-capped peaks—simultaneously beautiful and, at times, severe. 

Marie Fitzsimmons and Kirk Peters with Frank and Anitha- school leaders

Muraho.” “You are there.” It is the greeting of Rwanda. And as it is said in Lesotho, “Ka mosa.” “Even after.”

Travis D. Wohlrab

Never had I felt more welcomed in an unfamiliar setting in my entire life than in Lesotho. 

VIDEO: Hospitality in Lesotho

Volunteer Jeff Duck takes us on a walk through his village in Lesotho.

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Happy International Education Week!

Tahira Taylor served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho

The Peace Corps is tough. 

Heather Mangan

I couldn’t do the Peace Corps because I had student loans. I couldn’t do the Peace Corps because it would break my mother’s heart to leave for two years. I couldn’t do the Peace Corps because I was on a career path and volunteering would certainly disrupt my professional climb.

Blanket-wearing weather

Winter in Lesotho means it is time for wearing blankets. 

Aparna Jayaraman Lesotho

The first time someone called me “white” was November 2011. 

Jacqueline Muhammad home and family

One of the most difficult experiences for me during my Peace Corps service was being in the presence of locals who thought I was Basotho.