List of resources for Lesotho

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Lesotho and to connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees. Please keep in mind that although we try to make sure all these links are active and current, we cannot guarantee it.

A note of caution: As you surf the Internet, be aware that you may find bulletin boards and chat rooms in which people are free to express opinions about the Peace Corps based on their own experiences, including comments by those who were unhappy with their choice to serve in the Peace Corps. These opinions are not those of the Peace Corps or the U.S. government, and we hope you will keep in mind that no two people experience their service in the same way.

Finding books about Lesotho can be difficult. Those that can be found are typically travel guides, or deal with an overly specific topic, and may not offer much depth to someone planning to live and work there for two years. A number of books about Basotho culture and history are available in Lesotho, particularly through the Morija Museum.


[edit] General Information About Lesotho
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Maseru to how to convert from the dollar to the loti. Just click on Lesotho and go from there.
Visit this site for general travel advice about almost any country in the world.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Lesotho and learn more about its social and political history.
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide.
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information, and each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political background.
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries around the world.
This weather site provides weather reports from remote places around the world.

[edit] Languages in Lesotho

Peace Corps Sesotho Course
Language and cultural orientation material made by the U.S. Peace Corps for volunteers.

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. On this site you can find links to all the Web pages of the “friends of” groups for most countries of service, made up of former Volunteers who served in those countries. There are also regional groups who frequently get together for social events and local Volunteer activities. Or go straight to the Friends of Lesotho site:
This site is known as the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Web Ring. Browse the Web ring and see what former Volunteers are saying about their service.
This site is hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers. It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts of their Peace Corps service.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News Sites About Lesotho
Website aggregates and indexes content from more than 125 African news organizations and more than 200 other sources.

[edit] News Wire Stories About Lesotho
The Lesotho News Agency
The site of South Africa’s Mail and Guardian newspaper

[edit] Diplomatic Sites
Site of the U.S. Embassy in Lesotho
Site of the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Lesotho to the United Nations

[edit] International Development Sites
CARE International
Skillshare International
The United Nations Development Programme in Lesotho

[edit] Recommended Books

  1. Pinchuck, Tony. The Rough Guide to South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. London: Rough Guides, 2005.
  2. Knight, Ian J. Warrior Chiefs of Southern Africa. London: Sterling Publications, 1995.
  3. Nthunya, Mpho ‘M’atsepo, et al. Singing Away the Hunger: The Autobiography of an African Woman. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997.
  4. Eldridge, Elizabeth A. A South African Kingdom: the Pursuit of Security in Nineteenth-Century Lesotho. Cambridge; UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

[edit] Books About the History of the Peace Corps

  1. Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960’s. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  2. Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
  3. Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.

[edit] Books on the Volunteer Experience

  1. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
  2. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  3. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
  4. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
  5. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  6. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).
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