Namibia

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Director's Welcome

Elizabeth Anderson, Country Director
Elizabeth Anderson, Country Director

Greetings from the Land of the Brave!

Thank you for your interest in Peace Corps/Namibia. Volunteers were invited here when Namibia gained its independence in 1990 to support the new Government’s declaration to adopt English as the country’s official language. In 2019, 2,033 students improved their English language proficiency and demonstrated increased confidence and leadership skills through support from the Peace Corps. To date, more than 1,800 Volunteers have served in all 14 regions of Namibia.

Namibia is a beautiful African country on the Atlantic Ocean with wide-open spaces, mountains, desert, and the oldest and some of the largest sand dunes in the world. It’s National Parks and private game preserves throughout the country teem with wildlife and gorgeous scenery. Everywhere you go in Namibia, you will encounter friendly, welcoming, and gracious people.

Currently, Peace Corps/Namibia has three programs—education, health, and community economic development. Volunteers are placed both in rural and urban areas all around the country. Volunteers make a meaningful contribution to their communities, focusing on needs prioritized by those communities.

Education Volunteers share similar tasks – teaching in schools, supporting teachers and leading afterschool clubs – focusing either on English or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Economic development Volunteers have varied scopes of work – they teach business skills, build digital literacy skills or train on money management through the town councils, nonprofits or other partner organizations.

Health Volunteers work with either government or nonprofits, working with youth to prevent HIV and build life skills and support partner organizations to fill needs and gaps. In 2023, Peace Corps/Namibia Volunteers and Counterparts reached 2,895 youth with HIV prevention activities and trained 269 aspiring or existing entrepreneurs in basic business skills.

Depending on site placement, Volunteers learn Oshikwanyama, Rukwangali, Khoekhoegowab, Otjijherero, Afrikaans, Oshindonga or Silozi during the 12-week pre-service training and continue to develop language skills throughout their service. Volunteers learn fast as they live with host families during those first 12 weeks.

Being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia is a unique professional opportunity for qualified candidates to collaborate on locally prioritized projects, learn the local language, adapt to the culture, help make a difference and exchange ideas in an intercultural setting. Volunteers learn and grow while being supported by the Peace Corps team. That said, being a Volunteer in Namibia is also challenging – it requires patience, humility and adaptability. Reality does not always match expectations. But at the end of their service, most Volunteers say they take away so much more than they gave—and that it was truly a positive and life-changing experience.

We invite you to create your own Peace Corps story. Through the bonds you forge, the relationships you build, and the experiences you share, you will gain a deeper appreciation for the richness of Namibian culture, its people, and their way of life. Your interactions will create lasting connections, transcending borders, and fostering friendships that will endure for a lifetime.