From 2014 to 2016 I served as a Community Health and Economic Development Volunteer in the Kingdom of Lesotho. This section is a brief overview of Peace Corps and my country of service:
More than 215,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps volunteers in 139 countries since President John F. Kennedy established the agency in 1961.
Through their service, volunteers increase awareness of America around the world and help our country gain an understanding of other cultures beyond our borders. Currently, 7,209 Peace Corps volunteers serve in 65 countries.
Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. Volunteers live and work with a community overseas to reach goals in education, health, business, agriculture, the environment, youth development and more.
Peace Corps volunteers spend their first three months of service in training, living with a host family and studying the local language and culture.
Volunteers receive many benefits, including a two-way plane ticket, a living stipend during service, medical care, graduate school opportunities, student loan deferment/forgiveness, readjustment pay for each month of service to be collected after thier service, non-competitive eligibility for governmental jobs and much more.
About Volunteers in Lesotho:
There are currently about 80 Volunteers in Lesotho working in the areas of education and health. During their service in Lesotho, Volunteers learn to speak Sesotho. More than 2,285 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Lesotho since the program was established in 1967.
CAPITAL/ Largest City – Maseru
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES – English, Sesotho
AREA – 2455 km2 (Similar in size to the state of Maryland)
POPULATION – 1.8 million (Similar to the population of Dallas, Texas)
GDP – US$ 2.112 billion
CURRENCY – Lesotho Loti (LSL) and South African Rand (ZAR)
Visit lesotho.peacecorps.gov or peacecorps.gov for more information