Children Debate Major Cultural Differences-Gutsy Living

As a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Lesotho, I'm discovering major cultural differences, even in the classroom. What may seem, "normal" in a school in Lesotho, would be cause for jail, in the U.S. I'm helping...read more

Luxury in Ladybrand-Gutsy Living

After six months in Lesotho, I was finally allowed to leave the country, and spend a luxury day in Ladybrand, South Africa. I took one vacation day to cross the border for a haircut, a...read more

Cultural Differences in Lesotho-Gutsy Living

  I found this sign staring at me as I closed the door in a ladies restroom at the shopping mall in Maseru. I could not resist taking out my camera. The other day, Sister Bernadette, my...read more

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My Weekend Routine in Rural Africa

A friend asked me to explain what my life is like in my rural village in Lesotho, “The Mountain Kingdom” in southern Africa, so I figured I would start with my weekend routine first. It’s nothing...read more

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The Orphans and Vulnerable Children Are Grateful

  When I started teaching English at my rural school in Lesotho, southern Africa, I was shocked by the state of the children’s clothing and shoes. Many had holes in their sweaters, wore shoes with their...read more

Moshoeshoe Day Celebrations: A Big Event in Lesotho

March 11th, was Moshoeshoe Day, pronounced (Moshway-shway) in Lesotho. What is it? It’s the day the Basotho commemorate the death of the country’s founder. All schools, including my small, Catholic school start preparing for this day,...read more

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The Challenges of Teaching English in a Rural School in Lesotho

I knew it would be challenging to teach English to the Basotho children in my rural school in Lesotho, but I never expected the level to be this low. In Lesotho, all subjects (except for Sesotho,...read more

Getting Rid of the Evil Spirits With My Healer

      There's a famous healer in my village in Lesotho, who can get rid of the evil spirits, and cure anything. People flock to him from all over Lesotho, where I'm serving as a Peace Corps...read more

HIV/AIDS Orphans: Interview With Prince Harry’s Sentebale Staff

There is a beautiful clinic in my village in Lesotho, Africa, funded by the U.S. Millenium Challenge Corporation.   As you may have read in a previous blog post, I visited it a few weeks ago, and...read more

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I Have No Privacy

When you live in a rural village in Lesotho, southern Africa, you soon realize that everyone knows your business, and that you have no privacy. In the morning, I peek out my door to see if...read more

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