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Welcome to the Peace Corps Lesotho

In 1967, the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Lesotho one year after the country gained its independence from Great Britain. Since then Volunteers have worked in the areas of education, agriculture, water and sanitation, health, small business development and HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

Today Volunteers serve in all 10 districts of the country and focus on secondary classroom teaching of English, math and science; mentoring and training of primary and early childhood development teachers; promotion of HIV prevention; development of life skills among young people; food security; capacity building of local organizations; and small business development.

Peace Corps is a partner in the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and has Volunteers working at the Millennium Challenge Account-Lesotho, two major partnerships between the Government of Lesotho and the Government of the United States of America. Whether you are a prospective Peace Corps Volunteer, a family member or just interested in learning more about the Peace Corps in Lesotho, we invite you to explore our website and get to know our program.

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  • CAPITAL CITY – Maseru

  • LARGEST CITY – Maseru
  • OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S) – English (primary), Sesotho (secondary)
  • AREA (KM2) – 2455 km2
  • POPULATION – 1.8 million
  • GDP – US$ 2,112 million
  • CURRENCY – Lesotho Loti (LSL) and South African Rand (ZAR)


Peace Corps means adventure. It is a remarkable experience to be able to live and work, to laugh and cry in a place so far from home, with people both so different and familiar. Wes Helm Community Health & Economic Development Volunteer in Lesotho 2010-2012