Stories from Namibia

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

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Chris Johansen applied his experience in business planning and fundraising to set up a Kenyan community store for success, not knowing that 30 years later he would complete similar work for a Namibian egg farm — this time entirely from home.

PCV Holly and a Peace Corps Staff member in Namibia

Every day since my return home I've thought about the people, places, and experiences of my service.

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I believe that older Americans are better prepared for Peace Corps and have huge advantages while serving abroad.

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.

Eunice Lee 2

I’m not a perfect gal. I’m not the prettiest, nor the smartest, nor the most fit. To be quite frank, there’s really nothing I can be considered “the best” at.

6 counterparts we're thankful for

When a Peace Corps Volunteer arrives in their host community, they’re paired with a counterpart.

Clarice with her Namibian mother and sisters at their house.

During my pre-service training, I spent three weeks living in a village in Oshana Region, learning Oshikwanyama and practicing teaching science.

VIDEO: Highlighting home in Namibia
The learners at the primary school in my village prepare for a dance competition.

As a college student, I made sure I never missed out on anything.

My host siblings and I using extra equipment found around our homestead to create a fence for our soon to be garden.

I enjoy gardening.

snow in the desert namibia

How do you select gifts for a family you’ve never met?

Nyassa Kollie, Malawi

We asked Peace Corps Volunteers, "What do you wish Americans knew about your country of service?"

Meme Lougha at the craft workshop

Meme Lougha Ihuhuwa is a San woman who lives in northern, rural Namibia, and has been working with Omba Arts Trust, my Peace Corps project, for several years as a craft producer. 

Paul Menard

In honor of Older Americans Month, the Peace Corps commends those who defy expectations of age and pursue the next chapter of their lives by making a difference overseas.

girls soccer Tanzania

Live Your Goals is a slogan of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015. However, "living your goals" is more of a dream than a reality for millions of girls globally.

Moldova Volunteer Albert Sou reading to kids

Beginning in 1986, I served as an early childhood teacher trainer in Haiti. 

VIDEO: Stomping out malaria goes local

Volunteers are making a difference for people in host communities by working across Africa to prevent malaria, educate and support people who are afflicted or at risk.