U.S. Peace Corps Swears in 36 New Volunteers

On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, United States Ambassador, His Excellency Matthew Harrington swore in Lesotho’s new group of Peace Corps Volunteers.  The Peace Corps is the United States government’s volunteer organization, which sends Americans to developing countries to help build capacity among host country nationals, as well as form lasting cross-cultural relationships.  The United States Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. Today the Peace Corps serves 76 countries with over 9,000 volunteers and trainees around the world.

Peace Corps Volunteers in Lesotho serve in two different programs:  Education and Healthy Youth. Volunteers in the Education program serve as primary school teachers of English, and secondary school teachers of mathematics. Volunteers in the Healthy Youth program work with community-based organizations to contribute to the prevention of HIV/AIDS among youth, assist in care and treatment of HIV positive youth, and help prepare youth for their future.

The Volunteers who took their oath today will serve the rural and remote areas of Lesotho through the Peace Corps’ Education Project. The ceremony is the culmination of a ten-week intensive training program in Sesotho language/culture and technical training in Education.  The training was conducted in the villages of Ha Koali, Ha Ramonyaloe, Ha Mothebesoane and Furumela in the Berea district, where the Volunteers stayed with local families.

More than 2,300 volunteers have served in Lesotho since 1967, working mostly in rural and semi–rural locations where there is the most need and the fewest resources. The Peace Corps is also an active participant in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and all Volunteers use their community organization skills to extend the reach of national and international efforts to respond to the epidemic in Lesotho.

The ceremony was held at the Ambassador’s Residence in Maseru.

For further information please contact InfoMaseru@state.gov or call +266-2231-2666 ext. 4317.