Lesotho

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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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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11 interesting volunteer opportunities for 12 months or less

Peace Corps Response offers volunteer opportunities for experienced professionals to serve in communities around the world. 

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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. 

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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.
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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. 

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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. 

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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.”

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